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The Toy Museum of Catalonia

Chapters «Playing outdoors», «Travelling» and «Animals»

<p>Toys of different sizes and shapes, and made of different materials, with the movement of the wheel in common. Photo &copy; MJC</p>

Toys of different sizes and shapes, and made of different materials, with the movement of the wheel in common. Photo © MJC

The toys on display in this room, which includes the sections "Playing outdoors", "Travelling" and "Animals", are very different from each other, but they all encourage movement. A common aspect of many of the toys in these three sections is the wheel.

In the display case for "Playing outdoors", there are 'sports' toys: bicycles, tricycles, scooters, hoops, ropes, skates, objects to play with on the beach, spinning tops, skittles, etc. These are toys that encourage physical activity and having fun outdoors.

In the display case for "Travelling", the exhibition shows toys that are reproductions of different kinds of transportation, built with a wide range of materials: electric trains, different types of cars, horse-drawn carriages, aeroplanes, blimps, motorbikes, boats, trams, and more.

Finally, the "Animals" display shows toys that look like animals: geese, cats, horses, elephants, etc. Most of these toys are made of cardboard or painted wood, with wheels to drag them along, or they work as a rocking chair. It is interesting to compare these exhibits with the pull-along plastic dog made by AmbiToys in Amsterdam in 1995, which moves its tail and ears as it is dragged.

OBJECTS

<p>Pay&aacute;, from Alicante, marketed the Bugat I-970 from 1930 until the early 1950s. Photo: &copy;&nbsp;MJC</p>
Bugat I-970
Bugat I-970
<p>Skates with extensible bases that used to belong to the writer Quim Monz&oacute;. Photo &copy; Jordi Puig</p>
Skates that belonged to Quim M...
Skates that belonged to Quim Monzó
<p>Animals made of cardboard were a very popular toy in the early 20th century. Photo &copy; Jordi Puig</p>
Cardboard cat with wheels
Cardboard cat with wheels
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