Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Home Theater

In the days before television.
Long before film and television, not to mention video games, legions of children stirred their imaginations and broadened their knowledge with toy theaters made of paper. Through Jan. 30, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., is presenting an exhibition of these delightful amusements. "A Child's View: 19th-Century Paper Theaters" features 32 examples from England, Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Austria and the U.S. The miniature playhouses—some antiques, others modern reproductions—are on loan from the private collection of New Yorker Eric G. Bernard.


P. said...

My husband, some years ago, bought one of these to the girls.
They are so nice.

Alexandra said...

These are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Have a peaceful Thanksgiving. God bless.

John said...

Chesterton often wrote about his delight in toy theatres when he was a boy (and even after). I really had no idea what that meant until I read Montague Summers' autobiography. Apparently these could be quite elaborate. And there was quite a publishing industry based on producing plays suitable for a toy theatre, both original productions and edited versions of classics and the standard repertoire.
But this is the first picture I've ever seen of any version of the toy theatre.

Thanks for bringing it to our attention.