Tin Toy Expert To Visit Trenton City Museum

Noted tin toy authority Alan Jaffe will speak at 2 p.m. Jan. 11, 2009
at Ellarslie, the Trenton City Museum, in conjunction with the ongoing
exhibition A Toy Story: Seven Decades of J. Chein and Company, New
Jersey Toymaker. Jaffe, a former newspaper reporter, editor and
contributor to Inside Collector, an antiques and collectibles magazine,
has collected antique toys and advertising characters since the early
1980s. Copies of his book J. Chein & Co., A Collector’s Guide to an American Toymaker
(Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1997) will be available at Molly’s, the Shop
at Ellarslie, after the talk and while the exhibit is on display.

Beginning in 1903 and lasting into the 1970s, the J. Chein and Co.
began churning out millions of tin lithographed mechanical toys, many
featuring the visages of the 20th centuries’ most beloved cartoon
characters. These toys have become iconic collectibles sought after at
auction the world over. This winter, a never-before exhibited
collection of J. Chein 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 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.

Jaffe’s work outside the antiques community is well-known in southern
New Jersey and suburban Philadelphia. A working  journalist for thirty
years, Jaffe spent nine years with the Courier-Post as an editor and
columnist on antiques and collectibles, and another eight years as a
news editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Currently he is public
relations manager for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which
produces the Philadelphia Flower Show and also writes a column on
historic building preservation for PlanPhilly, a website based at the
University of Pennsylvania. Jaffe and his wife, BJ, live in Center City
Philadelphia, in a 19th-century home filled with antiques, including
vintage toys.

For additional information visit the museum website at www.ellarslie.org
or call 609-989-3632. Visitors to the Museum should enter Cadwalader
Park at the intersection of Parkside Ave. and Bellevue Ave., (between
E. State and Stuyvesant Streets) and follow the drive through the Park
to the Museum.

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion is owned by the City of
Trenton, Douglas H. Palmer, Mayor, maintained and operated by the
Department of Recreation, Natural Resources & Culture, Division of
Culture. This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County
Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County
Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the
Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of
the Arts. All programs and additional support provided by The Trenton
Museum Society.

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