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Paper magic, part I: Paper Theater

Some time ago we showed our selection of inspiring vintage toys, now it's time for another special thing, which gives a lot of joy since late 18th century - for little owners, as well as for adults. Tiny paper theaters - richly decorated scenes with illustrated sceneries, printed on paperboard and ready to assemble at home. It's not only a charming decoration, but also a kind of interactive toy, a great tool which can be used to play and to learn at the same time. That's why in some places paper teathers are still popularized and really appreciated. Older versions of theaters from previous centuries can be seen in toy museums, such as Toy Museum in Karpacz (Poland), where this paper scene is a part of collection of Henryk Tomaszewski (founder of Wroclaw Mime Theater):

Here's also an example of paper doll from the exhibition of Toy Museum in Roden (Netherlands):

A cradle of toy theaters is based in London, in Pollock's Toy Museum which is famous mainly because of this kind of toys. There is also the Pollock's Toy Shop where you can buy your own toy theater. Shop was originally established in the 1880s by its namesake, Benjamin Pollock - creator of paper teaters.

On this 1920 newsreel you can see how Mr. Pollock created his toy teathers:

Pollock's Toy Museum even prepared an app which gives an opportunity to create your own victorian "paper" teather - of course, digitally:

And even though the real charm of toy theatres is hidden in paperboards, from now, if you can't take your own paper theater with you, there's always a possibility to take an alternate, digital version.

Other great sources of images and infos about whole paper theaters and single elements - backgrounds, scenes, pieces:

50 Watts

This Pinterest feed with really good examples of toy theaters


Photos: Magdalena Koscianska (more about toy museums - here)






Posted: Sep 08, 2015 | Tagged: paper, retro, theatre, toys, video, vintage

Magic charm of vintage toys: rockers & wheels

There is something magical and nostalgic in vintage toys. Even when we grow up, child inside of us likes to find this magic from time to time... or even more often. ;) 

Illustrated papercuts, detailed dollhouses, wooden bricks and those mobile toys - rocking horses, cosmic tricycles, pedal cars, participated with dozens of kids in their special journeys. 

Among many wonderful online examples of vintage toys we choosed twelve to show here, in our post. Yes, choice wasn't easy - especially that when you start to watch, it's really hard to take your eyes off of all those toy collections. Anyway - here they are, our favourites (or at least a really nice part of our favourite list):

Vehicles for young riders


Posted: May 20, 2015 | Tagged: pedal car, rocking horse, toys, tricycle, vintage, vintage vehicle, wooden toys