Thursday, 9 April 2009

Pollocks Toy Museum

Pollocks Toy Museum, 1 Scala Street, nearest tube - Goodge Street
Opened by Marguerite Fawdry who bought the stock of Benjamin Pollock Ltd., a Toy Theatre printers, frustrated after trying to buy for her son’s toy theatre, and originally in Covent Garden, the present museum has been at Scala Street since 1969.

The museum is a fiver in, so didn’t go today, but the adjacent toy shop was pretty cool, got a fab clockwork man on a pennyfarthing £3, that sends Erbie ballistic, mind you most clockwork stuff does, I wonder if he’ll ever catch a bee. And a paper mask of Audrey Hepburn, they had Elvis and Charlie Chaplin ones too. There were also postcards with gollies on, their famous paper theatres you make yourself, and little drawers of scrap. Overheard 2 your american girls to guy behind counter, also american. ‘Do you have stickers, you should SO get stickers’. ‘No the Brits don’t do stickers, the Brits do scrap’. The Brits do scrap!

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