Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Toy Cellar in Historic Roscoe Village….OHIO…….

HISTORIC ROSCOE VILLAGE

MQTlogoa A “hidden gem” in Roscoe Village is The Toy Cellar, located in the lower level of the Toll House.

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The 40 year collection has over 600 vintage toys, many of which are demonstrated on weekends and I was there on a Saturday.

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Meet Rick who graciously demonstrated several of the windup and gravity activated toys.

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Admission is Free! & Open Saturday and Sunday 1:00 Pm to 3:00Pm…

DSC_0108 Rick told me the “most vintage” toy on display was made in the 1860”s. He then showed me the wooden rolling hoop. I can remember my father telling me the rolling hoop was something he played with as a child. In the West, the most common materials for the rolling hoops have been wood and metal. Wooden hoops, driven with a stick about one foot long, are struck with the center or the 2/3 point of the stick in order to ensure good progress.

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Most of the toys were made in the good old U.S.A. and many of them were made right here in Ohio, Akron, Barberton, Kenton, Ravenna, Canton and Dayton.

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Most of the toys are made of sheet metal, cast iron, tin, wood, pressed steel, rubber and other materials.(not much or any plastic that I saw)

DSC_0112 During the world wars many of the toys originally made of metal were made of wood instead.

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The collection is on loan to the Roscoe Village Foundation by a private collector.

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No batteries in this collection. though Rick did show me an erector set that had a wind-up motor.

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One last picture,this one from Wikipedia showing hoop rolling…….

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DSC_0078 Thanks for stopping by and make sure to keep those hoops a rolling LOL.. Special thanks to Rick for all the information and taking the time to talk with me. HISTORIC ROSCOE VILLAGE

The Toy Cellar in Historic Roscoe Village….OHIO…….

11 comments:

Betsy Adams said...

Wow---That Toy Cellar must be awesome. Even in your photos, I recognized many of those old toys.. I'd love to see that place... NEAT.. Thanks for sharing.
Betsy

Linda Gross said...

Very interesting post. I have a cousin whose husband is a toy collector. He will love this post. I am sharing it on his wife's facebook page.

Joe Todd said...

Thanks Betsy and Linda.. I did find the trip to Roscoe Village very interesting/fun

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Fascinating Joe. I could have spent the entire afternoon there. What a fun day to share with us. Thanks!

Cheers!
Julie
Julie Magers Soulen Photography

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

What an amazing collection! WOW.
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Dana said...

What a fun place to visit!

Happy Tuesday. ☺

Gary said...

Really interesting!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Rajesh said...

So many toys, a great variety.

Fun60 said...

Some of those toys looked familiar. How wonderful to be able to visit and hear all about those playthings. Better still to be allowed to play with them - just wishful thinking.

Marie said...

What an absolutely wonderful place! The exhibit looks amazing...I could absolutely get lost in there enjoying all those treasures!

You should have let me know you were nearby when you were here, my hubby and I would have met you somewhere!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is definitely my kind of museum! My grandfather taught us to roll hoops, which he said was one of his only toys. He took the metal staves off of barrels to make them.