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Manatee Village Historical Park Opens Antique Toy Exhibit

Exhibit Opening: Saturday, November 28

On Saturday, November 28, 2009, the Manatee County Historical Commission will unveil a special exhibit just for the holiday season. Entitled “Once Upon a Toy,” the display features antique and vintage toys dating from the 1850s to the 1950’s. Volunteer, Vic Reiling, former toy designer for Fisher Price Toys helped to design the exhibit.

It includes tin wind-up toys, wooden toys, play sets, cars, trucks, paper dolls, and many other interesting varieties of toys all in wonderful condition. Of special note is an 1850’s version of an in-line skate. The collection also includes a tin windup toy called the Humphreymobile made in the 1940s and 50s. It is named for Humphrey who was a friend of comic character boxer Joe Palooka. Come celebrate the holiday season by seeing the kinds of toys children of yesteryear would dream of finding under their Christmas tree.

From a set of Buster Brown paper dolls to a Mickey Mouse in firefighter gear climbing a ladder to an early version of a spirograph, called the Wondergraph, children of all ages will enjoy this new exhibit. In addition, a special interactive guide book will be available to enhance the understanding of the past for younger visitors. Admission is free.

Manatee Village Historical Park is located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East, Bradenton, just south of State Road 64. Park hours are Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9 AM – 4:30 PM. The park will be closed December 24-27, 2009 and January 1, 2010. For additional information contact Phaedra Rehorn or Dean Dixon at (941) 741-4075, or phaedra.rehorn@manateeclerk.com or dean.dixon@manateeclerk.com.