Playthings and Amusements of Yesteryear:
Toys from the Permanent Collection
January 17 through November 2, 2008
Opening reception on February 8, 5 - 8 pm, in conjunction with 2nd Friday Art Night
Playthings and Amusements from Yesteryear draws from the museum’s extensive collection of Arkansas-made and used objects to offer a peak into the playtime activities of children living in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Alongside the toys are photographs of children, some pictured with their toys, taken during the same time period. Toys on display include rocking horses, games (such as Tiddledy Winks), various types of dolls, miniature porcelain dishes and doll house furniture, and toy soldiers and weapons. Some toys should be familiar to present-day children while others are indicative of their period, such as a child-sized toy spinning wheel. Modern day toys like plastic tool sets are seen as wooden tools with objects like slide planes (missing from today’s collection of hammers and “electric” drills).