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Historical Essay

Lead Toy Soldier Casting Kit

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Toy-Moulds set made by the Make-A-Toy Co. and used by the Asmuth family of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1930s. (Museum object #1962.228.30,A-U)

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Martha

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: Hand-colored photograph of a doll, Martha, from the collection of Alice Kent Trimpey, posed in a woodland setting. She wears a green brocade dress and hat....

Date: 1905-01 

Description: Young children, Jennie and Edgar Krueger, play with toys near their family Christmas tree.

Date: 1925 

Description: Dealer "mailing folder" promoting the sale of toys and the free distribution of novelties through the company's dealerships. Includes color illustrations o...

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Description: Full-length portrait in front of a painted backdrop of a young child in a dress with puffed sleeves, holding a wagon with a stuffed bear.

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: A doll with china head from the collection of Alice Kent Trimpey is posed by a miniature chair. She wears a silk dress and dates from the mid-nineteenth c...

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Tommy is Well Again

Date: 1909 

Description: Photographic postcard of Tommy the cat sitting in a high chair as Tootsie, the dog, stands alongside. Both wear long dresses; the dog also wears a cardigan...

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Description: Tony Italiano of Waukesha, founder of the Supreme Model Supply Co., with a large model airplane.

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: A doll is posed beside a miniature chair. The doll, from the collection of Alice Kent Trimpey, wears a long gown and a bead necklace. She has a tinted chin...

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Empty Stocking Club

Date: 1950-12-19 

Description: Two women and a man work in the Empty Stocking Club's toy depot at the Madison Community Center.

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Street Scene

Date: 1925 

Description: A view of a street in the central business district. A restaurant with a group of men in front on the left. Three children with a wagon on the right. A hou...

Date: 1890 ca.

Description: Man and woman posed sitting, each holding a child in their lap, and a young man, girl, and boy, holding a toy horn, posed standing, in the yard in front of...

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Empty Stocking Club

Date: 1950-11-12 

Description: Three women carry a basket of dolls and teddy bears to be distributed to children through the Empty Stocking Club. Left to right: Mrs. William (Shirley) G...

Date: 1910 

Description: Holiday postcard showing Santa Claus behind the steering wheel of his motorized sleigh. Holly fills the front and pine boughs fill the back. He is wearing...

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Violet

Date: 1935 ca.

Description: A portrait of the doll, Violet, from the collection of the photographer's wife, Alice Kent Trimpey. The doll has a wax-over-composition head and is describ...

Date: 1893 

Description: Studio portrait of Gerhard Gesell's five children (l to r: Arnold, Bertha, Robert, Gerhard, and Wilma) posed around a Christmas tree with their gifts.

Date: 1903 

Description: Jennie, Florentina, and Edgar Krueger standing in a quarry pond. Jennie and Florentina hold up their dresses, while Edgar plays with a toy sailboat.

Date: 1909 

Description: Photographic postcard of the Middleton family cat sleeping in a doll carriage under a crocheted baby blanket, wearing a matching bonnet.

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Ruth Bennett

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Description: Studio portrait of Ruth Bennett with toy lamb standing in front of a painted backdrop.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Alma Reinhardt Taylor playing on the grass with her son, Frederick or Robert. The child is holding a stuffed animal toy.

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