Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Antique Toy Museum

This is another one of those Stanton, MO attractions I've been meaning to get into for years. I finally do and it turns out they are closing! There's no fixed closing date yet, but time is short!

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I have pictures taken by me and Keith and videos from Robbie, and if I let it, this blog could go on for miles. MILES. I'm not going to waste time and space with a picture of the building. You'll find it next door to the Jesse James Wax Museum. We're just going to jump right in.

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There are so many toys here and I can only cover so much. Your favorite childhood toy is probably here in this museum, and it's FOR SALE.

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Everything is for sale. You could probably buy the whole thing if you want to, but the owner hasn't had any takers on that offer so he's selling it one piece at a time. By the time you get there, the things you see here might already be gone, so you better go this weekend!

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Did you know Mr Potato Head had friends? So did Chatty Cathy!

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I was surprised to see Richard Simmons (yes that one) has a line of dolls called Nana's Family. I think they're quite cute!

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Everywhere we went there were cries of, "I had this!" or "My Grandma had that!" But I better get to some boy stuff before the boys wander away. In the back is a big garage full of trucks and motorcycles (full size) and all kinds of other stuff.

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The 1948 Mack truck has less than 48,000 original miles on it and used to be a fire truck. If memory serves, they used it to pull this trailer before it became a permanent part of the museum.

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The pedal cars are one of my favorite things in the museum.

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About the plastic bricks, everyone said, "Never enough roof pieces!" I'm sure many of you remember these and agree.

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This museum has one of the most impressive collections of cast iron toys and banks I've ever seen. The most amazing is a complete set of Arcade cast iron dollhouse furniture. They think it is one of two complete sets in existence. The owner explained to us that this is because there are two different kitchen sets, and people would either have one or the other, not both.

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Just a couple more things before I send you on your way. This Shirley Temple Playpal doll almost made me drop my camera. I don't know if her neck is just twisted or if the mechanism is broken, but if it's not broken this doll is worth a mint.

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This 1930 Lionel stove actually works. It has two burners and a stove that heats up to 500 degrees. It cost $29.50, just about the same price as a full size stove. Had to get those girls started early, doncha know! I'm leaving out dozens of pictures of character ironing boards, kitchen sets, and little secretary typewriters.

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As always, I have left out a lot of stuff, so remember: getting there is half the fun! You miss out on some awesome stuff if you never get off the highway!

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I think I've told you how to get to Stanton enough times now, and if you can believe it, there is still more stuff in that town that I have yet to cover. Many many thanks to owner Bruce Barnes for his time and attention! He made sure we didn't miss a thing. Buy his stuff so he can retire!

5 comments:

  1. ugh all those nasty creepy clicky-eye dolls...*shudder*

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  2. Here are some more pictures from our trip! Some of your pictures were definitely of stuff I don't remember seeing, I imagine the same is true of you with my pictures:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pancakemaster/tags/antiquetoymuseum/

    I got the Batman bike about as well as possible given the terrible backlight situation in that little room.

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  3. man, you're right, you got a lot of stuff I missed! How in the world did I pass up the Buck Rogers ray gun???

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  4. Good post! I recognized a few of those.

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  5. Hah, not sure. As you can sorta see, it was on the shelf above the Mickey Mouse tea set (the only thing that doesn't belong to the museum, as Bruce said), which was above the Mickey Mouse watches, all of which were in a display case directly to the left of the Lionel Stove display. That raygun is probably the thing I'd be most likely to buy, if anything. Wonder how much he'd sell it for.

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