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Vintage photos of:
Toy show at Madison Square Garden, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. In the foreground: Junior Aero Club display. Several shadowy blurs can be seen in this time exposure moving about what at first glance appears to be a deserted exhibit space. The car merry-go-round is slowly revolving.
Boys at toy store window with Hop Ching (Chinese checkers) display, Christmas 1941 or 1942. 35mm Kodachrome transparency. Location unknown. View full size. Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Collection.