Q: I love the little ceramic cottages, houses and shops inspired by Norman Rockwell and Charles Dickens. Are there any collectors groups or publications related to such collectibles?
A: Miniature structures inspired by Norman Rockwell's painting "Main Street, Stockbridge" are produced by Rhodes Studio and were authorized by the Norman Rockwell Family Trust. The Main Street miniature buildings, produced as a limited-edition series in 1990 and '91, include Rockwell's studio, an antiques shop, town offices, a country store, a library and a bank. More information about these hand-painted miniature models is available from the Norman Rockwell Gallery, 9200 Center for the Arts, Niles, Ill. 60648 -- phone (800) 233-2520) -- the Rockwell Society of America, 597 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley, N.Y. 10502, and the Norman Rockwell Museum, Main Street, Stockbridge, Mass. 01262 -- phone (413) 298-3822. Enclose an addressed, stamped envelope.
The Cottage Collector newsletter offers an annual subscription for $20 from 6211 Oakmont Blvd. No. 381, Fort Worth, Texas 76132; (817) 923-4136. The Village Press, published eight times a year for collectors of Department 56 limited editions, is available for $20 a year from Roger and Khristine Bain, 1625 Myott Ave., Rockford, Ill. 61103, phone (815) 965-0901.