Archive for October 24th, 2013

FFDIn a city where there is no shortage of charming shops, London’s Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop is a particular delight. Dedicated to the old school artistry of street puppet shows, Pollock’s Toyshop in Covent Garden celebrates the amazing creations of those carrying on the grand tradition.

About London’s Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop: “The history begins in 1856 in Hoxton, an area of London bordered by the wealth of the City and the poverty of the East End. This is where Benjamin Pollock was born. At this time the toy theatre trade was flourishing in Covent Garden’s Theatreland. By the time Benjamin Pollock had married Eliza Redington and inherited her father’s Theatrical Print Warehouse, the toy theatre trade had been overshadowed by new fangled novelties such as magic lanterns, gramophones and the wireless. However Mr. Pollock, in his dark and dusty shop in Hoxton, carried on supplying theatrical sheets costing a penny plain and twopence coloured. His customers were local children aspiring to the stage or city gents nostalgic for their childhood as well as actors of the larger stage such as Charlie Chaplin. Pollock, although not the most innovative producer of Juvenile Drama, was the most amiable and diligent.”

Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop specializes in Toy Theatres, like the wonderful Dickens Theatre with Great Expectations.

FFD3About the Dickens Theatre with Great Expectations: “Beckman Unicorn presents, for the first time, the Toy Theatre based on ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens. A large model which is easily constructed without the need for scissors or glue with beautiful new illustrations by Robin Peoples. Just press out all the pieces and slot together to create this impressive theatre featuring the well known Dickens characters including Miss Havisham, Mr. Jaggers, Magwitch and, of course, Pip. Full colour scenery can be changed, and you can perform the play by sliding the characters along to the adapted and abbreviated script based on the original novel. Also included is a short history of ‘toy theatre and Dickens’ by Peter Baldwin.”

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Visit London’s Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop online here.

hal9This Halloween Find may be a bit of a stretch but it works for me – the Cereal Killer spoon from Pumpernickel and Wry. Years ago a guest at a Halloween party I attended came as a “cereal killer” which was basically a blood-stained outfit with Cheerios and Rice Crispies boxes attached. Anyway, I love this “whimsical” take on the classic cereal spoon.

About the Cereal Killer Spoon from Pumpernickel and Wry: “Fabulous vintage Wm. Rogers MFG. CO. Extra Plate silver plated spoon. Hand-stamped with CEREAL KILLER. This larger sized spoon measures 6.75 inches (17.1 cm). Wm. A. Rogers Sectional by Oneida Ltd. spoon.”

See all the “whimsical silver plated flatware” of Pumpernickel and Wry here.