Little Loos

doll house bathrooms cover

Dolls’ House Bathrooms
Lots of Little Loos

My knowledge of doll houses is limited to a few visits to the Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms and whining for a Barbie dream house sometime in the mid 1960s. I never got one, by the way. I know that there are lots of people that enjoy crafting doll houses, so this book would probably have an audience in a public library collection. Unfortunately, this particular book hadn’t left the shelf in quite a few years and was not in great condition. I have to admit, I am always a bit fascinated by books that are so specific. It’s not just miniatures, but miniatures of toilets.

They really do have a book for everything.


doll house toilets back cover

diagram of victorian toilet


fairy toilets



  1. [Five minutes later]:
    And I’m going to get it, too — Better World Books had a second-hand copy available. Wow.

  2. Too bad on the use and condition, this is a cool little book. We have a quirky book here at the Architecture Library. The architectural cookbook. Its recipes with funny architectural inspired names. Its pretty old, but so much fun. It languished on the shelf till one of us decided to put it on permanent display in a quiet corner of the library. That did the trick and it has circulated a number of times now.

  3. I love this book! I can just sit and look at pictures of miniatures for hours! A beheaded chessman, that’s brilliant for a pedestal for a lot of things, not just toilets!

  4. I don’t collect miniatures, but I love them. When I was a kid, the 19th century doll houses were my favourite museum exhibition. So this was a lot of fun for me. It cracks me up that “Tinklebell’s” fairy toilet is “authentic”. Authentic to what? 🙂

  5. Now, see, if ALB discussion threads allowed upvotes, you could get by with a single “I WANT IT!!!” post accompanied by 87,000 upvotes…

    I also want, want that font, but I can’t place it.

    The architectural cookbook.
    Well, drat, I thought it would be about making miniature fruit baskets and roast chickens and loaves of bread to add verisimilitude to your large-scale models 🙁

  6. The tiny outhouse, tho.
    I notice nowadays most dollhouse accessories are sold intact, so you just buy the toilet style that goes with the era of house you’re building.
    If you hand-created every single appliance and piece of furniture you could expect to spend the rest of your life crafting one house. If that was your plan, of course, go for it.

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