Tin toys attack Trenton

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion hosts an exhibit of works from New Jersey Toymaker J. Chein and Company through March 22, 2009.

 Mayor Douglas H. Palmer announced that the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Cadwalader Park and the Trenton Museum Society will present “A Toy Story: Seven Decades of J. Chein and Company, New Jersey Toymaker.”

What would childhood be without toys? Perhaps the memories of your childhood will be piqued by the trains, tops and trucks in the upcoming exhibit at the Trenton City Museum. 

 A never before exhibited collection of J. Chein and Company tin toys and memorabilia will be on display at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion in Trenton, New Jersey’s beautiful Cadwalader Park. Chein family members of the Burlington, N.J., business are exhibiting their personal collections, which include their most memorable toys accompanied by pieces from the extensive collection of Georgia Marsh, the world’s leading collector of Chein toys.

 J. Chein and Company was founded in 1903, producing lithographed and stamped metal toys. In 1949 the company moved to Burlington under the ownership of Robert Beckelman and Irving Sachs. By 1960 the company was turning out 100,000 toys a day.

 Known to collectors today for toys of such iconic figures as Popeye, Krazy Kat, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Chein also produced holiday toys, transportation toys and banks. Mechanical ride toys, introduced in the 1930s were especially popular, especially the Ferris Wheel.

Bring back your childhood memories with a visit to this fanciful collection exhibited at the Trenton City Museum through March 22, 2009. For more information visit www.ellarslie.org or call 609-989-3632.

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