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Vintage Toys Trace Play

Dolls are considered the oldest known toy, having been found in Egyptian graves dating as far back as 2000 B.C. Archeologists have also found ones with arms that move and fancy wardrobes In Egypt, Greece and Rome as early as 200 B.C. Seems toys have always been an important part of children's lives.

Now, toys are so sophisticated parents often want to play with them just as much as their kids. (Think Wii, for just one example.) But put down the controller and take a trip back in time to see the toys kids of the 18th century through the 1950s considered precious, at Stamford Museum's exhibit, "Dolls, Toys, & Teddy Bears II," on view until January 9. This showcase of vintage toys, on loan to the museum from private collections, will re-orient you to a time when imagination was the keystone of play.

A special section of the exhibit features soft toys inspired by much loved storybook characters. Dolls, accessories, toy cars, teddy bears, tin toys, each has a story and undoubtedtly, at least one devoted child somewhere in its past. From humble, much worn plush toys, to valuable and rare dolls, the exhibit traces the evolution of toys and might inspire some kids to change their holiday wish list. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5-$10. For more information, visit the Museum's website .

What were your favorite toys growing up? Do you still have them? Let us know by posting below or e-mail me at cfortier@mainstreetconnect.us.

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