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A mini tale of murder, mafia and intrigue

September 8th, 2011

We never cease to be amazed by the weird and wonderful creations that people make in miniature and Cynthia von Buhler’s Speakeasy Dollhouse is no exception.

Cynthia’s creation, which she intends to turn into a book and an immersive play, is a biographical tale told with handmade dolls and sets that recreate a historically accurate, prohibition-era New York City in the 1920s.  Prohibition is America was a period of illegal drinking dens, so-called speakeasies, and Cynthia’s Italian grandparents opened two such places in the Bronx district of New York.  One masqueraded as a bakery and the other was a secret nightclub where clients drank bootleg booze out of coffee cups and speakeasy liquor was secreted in table legs.

The incredibly elaborate sets Cynthia has made to tell the story of her grandfather’s unsolved murder include brick walls which have been sanded to look aged and even real mud on the cars to add authenticity.  You can discover much more and watch a video by following the link to Cynthia’s website:



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