The Paper Doll’s House of Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis, aged Twelve


A reproduction of the extraordinary paper doll’s house created by the imaginative Miss Birdie Otis – includes press-out dolls and stickers!

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Eric Boman


In 1884, at the age of twelve, the remarkable Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis – known to all as Birdie – made an extraordinary paper doll’s house in the form of a book. While these were fashionable enough at the time, they were usually drawn and painted: Birdie, however, chose the medium of collage. Her album’s exquisite rooms, accompanying paper dolls and tiny accessories are true works of art, full of period charm but also distinctly appealing to a modern taste and sensibility.

Eric Boman’s full-colour photographs capture Birdie’s remarkably vivid fantasy world in all its quirky splendour. Boman also tells her life story and the background to the making of the doll’s house through turn-of- the-century photographs found in her family albums. With an envelope at the back of the book containing press-out dolls and sticker costumes from the original collection, this publication showcases an astonishing example of youthful creativity.

Additional information

Weight 897 g
Dimensions 23.2 x 28.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2014
Number of pages 80
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.2 x 28.1 cm
Weight 897 g


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Eric Boman is the author of Blahnik by Boman, Dames: Women with Initiative and Attitude and Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel, all published by Thames & Hudson.