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It all started with the fact that after the death of Benjamin Pollock, a producer of traditional puppet theaters on cardboard, many cliches for their printing, among which were the very first, back in 1830, were sold by his daughters to an antique dealer.
Margaret Foundry (Denier) - journalist and writer, became interested in Victorian puppet theaters. However, the store’s accountant did not want to choose anything from thousands of cliches and simply offered to buy the entire collection at 2 pence per unit. So Margaret became the owner of the now unique collection of toy puppet theaters, which became the basis of the museum, named in memory of their producer The Pollock Puppet Museum.
The museum was originally located in the attic of Monmouth Street 44 near the Pollock Puppet Theater, which contributed to its popularity, and a toy store later appeared here. But soon the number of exhibits increased so much that in 1969 the museum had to move to a more spacious building on Skala Street 1, where it is located to this day.
As before, here in the basement there is a toy store selling antique dolls and toys, as well as the famous paper puppet theaters and souvenirs. The remaining three floors are occupied by toys of all time. The oldest toy dates from 1300 BC. e., and in total there are more than 20 thousand exhibits, of which only dolls are over 8 thousand. The most honorable place here, as before, is the Pollock collection of desktop puppet theaters.
The most diverse dolls are exhibited here - Italian puppets of the early 20th century, and ruddy German dolls, and Japanese samurai. They are made of a variety of materials - from wax, and from wood, and from porcelain, and their fabric and from papier-mâché. Separate expositions are dedicated to teddy bears, among which, of course, in the first place are Teddy bears. There are Russian bears with a balalaika, and German 1910 with a snarling mechanism, released by the famous Steiff factory, and Soviet-made teddy bears familiar from childhood.
Traveling through the narrow spiral staircases of the museum between rooms with expositions, one can meet whole armies of tin soldiers of all armies of the world, and herds of toy horses, and various cars, and board games. An interesting collection of doll houses. There are 30 copies of them from different eras, the oldest of which dates back to the 17th century. Of great interest are mechanized dolls - dancing ballerinas, nodding clowns, as well as kilometers of toy railways, which even visitors of a very respectable age are very interested in.
What can you do, a trip to childhood causes some enthusiastic interest, while others already have nostalgia. But a meeting with him invariably leaves bright memories.