The Ospedale delle Bambole's Story
The Ospedale Delle Bambole's Story
Once upon a time, more or less at the end of 1800s there was Luigi Grassi, a mustache curled upward man with a big curl called banana right in the middle of the head.
Designer of court and puppet theaters, he worked in a narrow street called S. Biagio dei librai, very famous and well-known hundreds of years ago, known as "Spaccanapoli", a street that divided in half the old city of Neapolis, which today is our ancient center. Mr. Luigi Grassi besides painting the schenographies, used to built and repaired every object of any form or kind, including the puppets of the scene. This strange laboratory attracted and intrigued all the people passing. .
One day a mother came into the shop with a broken doll in her arms and begged Mr. Luigi to fix it. The master, who used to wear a white coat to avoid getting dirty when he painted and with a firm and safe tone replied ”do not worry, this doll will be as good as new”.
A few weeks later the woman went back into the shop and saw the doll completely healed, and turning to Mr. Luiggi she said, ”thank you doctor, my little girl will be very happy and I will tell her that I went to the magician's workshop”.
Soon the word spread around and there were many moms who went to the shop to recover that one doll of their own child. In a short time the lab was filled with various parts of these dolls. There were legs, eyes, arms, dangling everywhere. It was a person passing by who, seeing all those dolls in pieces, exclaimed: ”me pare proprio o’ spitale d’è bambule”, translated: ”it really seems to me like a doll's hospital.
It was then that Luiggi Grassi, on a wooden board with a red painted brush wrote: "DOLL'S HOSPITAL ", adding a cross like that of real hospitals and hung it outside the shop.