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The Tea Party: 1938

The Tea Party: 1938

Arlington, Virginia, circa 1938. "Dolls at Robert E. Lee Mansion. Rita Combs [?]." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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No one's mentioned the doll's doll!

Re: Cups and Ball

Those cups on a stick are used for an old game of pitch and catch. Probably used a rubber ball. It took skill to throw or pitch the ball with that stick and to catch it. Worked better with high ceilings like my grandfather's house or outside of course.

That doll's gotta go!

I love the toy chamberpot next to the bed! I suppose the equivalent to having a toy toilet in a modern doll house.

Sarah, Christine, Sharron

Yep, they're all here!


I hope they have a pedestal to reach the china.

Treasure trove

The items in the picture are of a style that dates them to about the 1830s - about 100 years old when the photo was taken. Yet it all looks brand new.

Ready for Julian

The water boiling hot and sugar cookies almost done, Cissy, Gertrude and Emily waited excitedly for today's tea party guest, Lady Eltinge of Hollywood.

Play ball

The objects on the floor in the left corner appear to be a version of the Ball in Cup game. However there is only one ball, and it is not tethered to either of the cups. Perhaps some kind of juggling game?

How Quaint

A chamberpot for dolls!

Cups and Ball

Are those things in the foreground the game where you catch the ball in a cup on a stick?

Gotta love the tiny chamberpot next to the bed, thankfully it's empty.

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