Playing games with the past
THE Biggenden Doll and Toy Museum has received several playful new additions over the past few weeks.
Museum owner Diane Carey was thrilled to add a 1950s Patty Play Pal Doll to her Caroline Street home museum, which is home to a large collection of historical dolls and toys.
The old-time doll is dressed in a suit made by the tailors to the Kennedy family, Rothschilds of Philadelphia.
Mrs Carey imported the doll, which is in original condition from the United States.
She did not stop at one addition, with a gibbon monkey and “reborn” baby added to the already huge collection.
Mrs Carey said the gibbon monkey was a special promotional toy made in Denmark more than 50 years ago.
She also said the movable monkey delighted children visitors when it waved its hands about.
The life-like baby doll in the reborn style is presented sitting in a 60-year-old Steelcraft pram.
Mrs Carey said she was glad to have the doll, which is currently a popular collectors’ item around the world.
The museum has something to interest the whole family, including a puppet theatre and many antique toys.
There is also plenty to keep the boys entertained, with toy trains and cars and an interesting display of knives and tomahawks.
The museum contains thousands of dolls and toys to get lost among.
The collection has been gathered from all over the world since Mrs Carey was a child.
The owner said each and every toy and doll in the museum had an interesting background and story to tell.
Situated in Caroline Street, Biggenden, the museum is open to visitors daily.
For more information on the museum, telephone Mrs Carey on 4127 1156.