Past Gallery Exhibit – Toys
This exhibit featured a wide array of antique toys and vintage games. These items were donated by Margaret and Elisabeth Runge, Marjorie Runge Kelso, Mrs. Rai Kelso, Margaret E. Biehl, Dr. Edward and Sally Futch, Mrs. Fred Burton, Herbert L. Ganter, the Morgan Family, Frances A. Mattei, William H. Davis, Dorena Ames, and W.R.A. Rogers.
Toys provide a sense of pleasure, fantasy, and imitation. They are a joy to play with as children and are fun to reminisce about as adults. Often, toys offer a glimpse into how life was different — and in many cases how it was the same — in the past.
Children of ancient civilizations played with many of the same toys still found today: rattles, balls, tops, pull-along animals, and dolls. Examples of these types of objects have been uncovered during archaeological excavations all over the world.
Highlights from the Library’s toy exhibit included a ca. 1890 rag doll with a hand-painted face and hair, ca. 1900 toy soldiers on horseback, and a 1906 miniature iron stove. There are several examples of wooden doll furniture and tea sets as well as mechanical toys, musical instruments, and educational games.