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Danbury Museum & Historical Society Puts Toy Story On Display

Nicholas Zappone, views the original cast-iron o-gage first generation Lionel train sets as those are his favorite.
Nicholas Zappone, views the original cast-iron o-gage first generation Lionel train sets as those are his favorite. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A giant cardboard box World War II tank built from students from Broadview Middle School.
A giant cardboard box World War II tank built from students from Broadview Middle School. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
"A toy is any item that can be used for play."
"A toy is any item that can be used for play." Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
An example of a handmade toy.
An example of a handmade toy. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Molly McIntre, one of the original American Girl dolls.
Molly McIntre, one of the original American Girl dolls. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A bit of information about the American Girl doll collection.
A bit of information about the American Girl doll collection. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Snow White Barbie doll.
Snow White Barbie doll. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
An old-fashioned hand-made dollhouse.
An old-fashioned hand-made dollhouse. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
Vintage board games.
Vintage board games. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A vintage New Haven cast-iron train on display.
A vintage New Haven cast-iron train on display. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris
A circus trailer is on display in the case.
A circus trailer is on display in the case. Photo Credit: Nicole Kasseris

DANBURY, Conn. -- The latest exhibit at the Danbury Museum & Historical Society is perfect for the young — and for the young at heart.

"Toy Time: Playful Pieces" features a display of vintage playthings, including dolls, trucks, trains, outdoor items, puzzles, board games and more. It will be on exhibit through Nov. 5.

"The toy exhibit idea came from a collaborative meeting of the museum staff, as we discussed the collections we felt would be interesting for our visitors to explore," said Executive Director Brigid Guertin.

Guertin said the exhibit is interesting to explore and engages others to visit as well.

The toy exhibit showcases many vintage toys such as original Barbie Dolls, created by Ruth Handler, manufactured by Mattel Inc. and launched in 1959. A newer doll on display is Molly McIntire, one of the first three historical of the American Girl Dolls. Molly, who represents the World War II era, was archived in 2013 along with her entire collection of items.

Other toys on display include handmade dollhouses, board games, and original cast-iron o-gage first generation Lionel train sets. In the middle of the museum is a giant cardboard-made World War II tank created by Broadview Middle School students.

"It was so big, it had to be brought in by a trailer," Guertin said.

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society was founded by concerned citizens and members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution back in 1941.

In the past fiscal year, the museum has seen over 11,000 visitors.

The Danbury Museum & Historical Society is opens Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located at 43 Main St. in Danbury.

You can visit them on the website or Facebook page.

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