Classic Toys and Americana

FWMoA is proud to present selections from our growing toy collection. This small display located outside the John S. and James L. Knight Learning Center captures American toys that reflect the country in the early to mid-20th century. From their humble beginnings as simple wooden figurines, toys have grown to mirror the cultural context in which they are created.

Audiences are invited to see how the toys displayed here truly reflect the era in which they were created. This can be seen in more than just the specific themes of “boy” or “girl” toys, but also in their distinct styles and designs. These factors – design and cultural influence – were paramount to the inception of American toy manufacturing as an industry.

This is an ongoing display.