WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE: What’s in a paper version of a doll’s house? Plenty, in the hands of photographer and writer Eric Boman, who has created a winning small world in his new book, “The Paper Doll’s House of Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis, Aged Twelve” (Thames & Hudson). Paper dolls and the vintage clothes they can wear have also been tucked into the back of the book. Dollhouses in this form, it seems, were once regularly made by girls who traveled a great deal, who missed their wooden versions, or who didn’t have one. Otis’ dollhouse, created in 1884 and now owned by the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, has a great deal of charm, which is captured in photos that show that its creator had a strong sense of color and chose pieces and shapes that were often not to scale, creating amusingly askew proportions. And that wasn’t the only thing that was slightly wonky. “Not every decorating decision is mired in logic,” Boman writes. “We can count no fewer than five upright pianos in this apparently musical household.”

Birdie, as she was known, grew up in what was then the grandest house in Bellport, Long Island, called Near-the-Bay — bought by her heiress mother, Amelia. She later married financier Frederick Edey, had a daughter, and became a suffragette and president of the Girl Scouts of America. She was 6 feet tall, and her husband only came up to her shoulder. “She had a childlike personality that she kept throughout her life,” Boman says. “She had a very playful mind.”

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