Weekly Roundup: a miniature shoo fly chair, a game of mini vs real, and some other tiny things

Here’s my weekly list of miniatures to keep you busy this weekend.

#1. A miniature Shoo Fly Chair

This “Shoo Fly Chair“made by Madelyn Cook and housed at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a miniature replica of an actual chair from the Governor’s Palace Kitchen in Williamsburg, Virginia. Before air conditioning, cooks would open windows to get some air, inadvertently also letting in the flies. So they came up with a perfectly obvious solution: a pedal-operated fly-swatter built into a chair.

A miniature shoo-fly chair made by Madelyn Cook for her work Lagniappe, an 18th century Virginia Tidelands mansion modeled after George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon.

Here is an image of the original. This woman seems very calm and fly-free.


#2. Can you tell the difference between the real and the miniature?

This is a fun game. One photo is of the real storefront and the other is a photo of the sculpture made by Randy Hage.




Okay… so the reflections kind of give it away. But to be sure, you can check your answers and see more of his extraordinary work here.

#3. This Marie Antoinette doll is mesmerizing.

She was crafted in 1784 by the German cabinetmaker David Roentgen and according to Atlas Obscura, her lace dress may have been made from fabric of one of Marie Antoinette’s dresses.

#4. Mini food that made me hungry this week…

#5. The French game “jeu de massacre” was a shooting game for kids that creeps me out.

There is very little information online about how the game was played, but it seems to involve children shooting at tiny, everyday scenes like marriage and fishing. I promise to keep researching this one, as I have found some truly bizarre images that merit explanation.



That’s all, folks! As always, thanks for reading and sharing. Don’t forget to sign up for the email list below, and have an awesome weekend 🙂 Au-revoir!

2 thoughts on “Weekly Roundup: a miniature shoo fly chair, a game of mini vs real, and some other tiny things

  1. I got two out of the three on the real vs. minis, but I’m a New Yorker, I know that a dumpster goes in the back of the building never in the front and the windows on the second were real vs. mini and the third had me stumped. Great work on those btw! And the food….absolutely wonderful and soooo real looking, made my mouth water!!

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