Main Library historic exhibit of toys (1930s to the 1970s)

Posted Nov 30th, 2007 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library presents a nostalgic nod to the toys we loved as children in its current exhibit, TOYS! From the 1930s to the 1970s. This historic must-see exhibit is on view now through the end of January 2008 in the wall display cases located in the Central Court of Main Library, 325 Michigan St. Stop by Main Library this holiday season and take a walk down memory lane – you’re sure to see some favorite toys from childhood.

The TOYS! exhibit contains some 60 items, including Star Wars action figures c. 1978, animal sewing cards from the 1940s, and a Lamson’s Toy Book c. 1952 (Lamson’s was a department store with sites located in the Toledo area for 50 years – its oldest store opened downtown in 1925). The oldest item in the TOYS! display is a wooden doll carriage with a baby blanket c. 1939.

Other exhibit favorites include a Battleship game from the 1960s, a Girl Scouts handbook c. 1949, a remote-control R2-D2 character from Star Wars from the 1970s, and a Yahtzee game c. 1961. GI Joe action figures, Barbie dolls and paper dolls are also amid the collection. All items in the display were donated from Library staff and supporters.

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