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A dollhouse or doll's
house is a toy home,
made in miniature. For
the last century,
dollhouses have
primarily been the
domain of children but
their collection and
crafting is also a hobby
for many adults. The
term dollhouse is
common in the United
States and Canada. In
UK the terms dolls'
house or dollshouse are
Today's dollhouses
trace their history back
about four hundred
years to the baby
house display cases of
Europe, which showed
idealized interiors.
Smaller dollhouses with
more realistic exteriors
appeared in Europe in
the 18th century. Early
dollhouses were all
handmade, but
following the Industrial
Revolution and World
War II, they were
increasingly mass-
produced and became
more standardized and
affordable. Dollhouses
can range from simple
boxes stacked together
used as rooms for play,
up to multi-million dollar
structures displayed in
Contemporary children's
play dollhouses are
mostly in 1:18 (or 2/3")
scale, while 1:12 (or 1")
scale is common for
dollhouses made for
adult collectors.

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