How to Use Our Backdrops

When I lived in Los Angeles in the 90’s, I worked in the art department for the film and television industries. Of the many things I learned and loved about the industry, one thing that I practically ignored at the time was the use of what was called Translights. I was distracted by the long hours, glamorous celebrities, and the long hours (wait, did I say that already?). But after I started collecting and building miniatures, it occurred to me … a miniaturized version of the massive Trasnlights would be the perfect finishing touch to complete the illusion of full-sized splendor!

Most of our backdrops are 40 inches wide and 20 inches tall, plenty big for most miniature applications, we can print smaller or larger if your needs require a specific size. Email us for a quote.

To use our backdrops most effectively, you’ll want to place them just outside the windows of your room or dollhouse, curved around the sides as to be viewed from more than one plane. For some applications, raising the boombox slightly will optimize the use of the backdrop.

Mid-Century, mid century, or midcentury?!? Which is correct?

One of the most common questions we get from people is “what’s the proper way to write the term mid-century? Well, the experts don’t even always agree! Merriam-Webster spells it mid-century. says midcentury is right. The auto-correct feature on my computer says both midcentury and mid-century are correct. And there’s a long list of conflicting data on the subject. As you read though many of our pages and listings here at Mid-Century Miniatures, you may notice that we are not always consistent. Why, you might ask? Primarily because much of the world is undecided on their preferred method of writing midcentury and thus, we’re covering the bases in terms of search engine optimization. We’d rather not get too hung up on what’s “proper” or not. We just LOVE the style!