Monday, March 12, 2007

Penny plain and twopence coloured

One of the most enchanting, and captivating of all storytelling technologies is the toy theater (or penny theater as it was called when I first encountered it earlier in my career.) Imagine a miniature, tabletop theater with lights, changing backdrops and figures affixed to wires that glide across the stage. Originally the paper figures and backdrops were printed on color sheets. Wooden theaters began to be built sometime after 1811 to stage the productions. If you have never seen penny theater, you're in for a treat. The first stop has to be Pollock's Toy Museum. After that you can visit Kannick's for more detailed history as well as online shopping.

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