By Sylvie Berthiaume - At destination
Another private collection in London became a toy museum and deserves a visit. First, to discover the talent of the artist Benjamin Pollock, famous at the end of the 19th century for its small theatres including decors and puppets in two and three dimensions showing thousands of details.
Then to mingle, speechless, in the colored historic building located at 1, Scala St., in Bloomsbury. Its contiguous rooms are filled to overflowing, in depth, height and width and its colorful stairs, as narrow as obtuse, are lined with walls full of frames and showcases containing more small toys.
For decades, the Pollock’s Toy Museum has attracted visitors from around the world and of all generations, thanks to the artist’s granddaughter who has been able to perpetuate its mission and passion.
Centenarians and before 1960 toys
The collection of thousands of toys is composed of specimens ranging from simple to more sophisticated, from very popular to rare, and from less to better preserved, as long as they have historical value - especially of the Victorian era - social interest or original character:
Games, dolls, cubs, cars, trucks, boats, planes of wood and metal, rocking horses, toy soldiers, dominoes, russian dolls, doll houses, bilboquets, shadow theatres, playing cards, etc.
There is even a toy dating from 2,000 B.C., originating from Egypt: A terracotta mouse, which head tail may move.
To appreciate the magnitude and the value of the ensemble, one should spend long hours to scrutinize each shelf, showcase, collage and frame.
Happiness still remains a few hours after the visit.