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Fall 2001 Newsletter

A Bel Geddes Doll House

Norman Bel Geddes' designed doll house, c. 1920s. Ransom Center Collections.

Norman Bel Geddes' designed doll house, c. 1920s.
Ransom Center Collections.

Actress Barbara Bel Geddes has recently donated three new pieces to the Performing Arts Collection. The pieces — a doll house and two watercolor renderings — are to be integrated into the collection of theatrical and industrial design of her father, Norman Bel Geddes. This collection is the largest and most complete collection of Norman Bel Geddes' work in the world.

In the 1920s, Bel Geddes designed this brownstone doll house for his daughter Joan. Having been in Barbara Bel Geddes' care all these years, this child's toy is now the earliest three-dimensional example of Bel Geddes' work in the collection. With the doll house have come two watercolor designs of backdrops for the 1925 McEvoy piece, Comic Supplement. This musical comedy was produced by Florenz Ziegfeld at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., and became the basis for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925. Bel Geddes designed the sets and lighting for this production.

— Esther Mes


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