Past Exhibition

Batteries Not Included: Toys and Trains at the New-York Historical Society

November 26, 2013 - January 5, 2014

To celebrate the holiday season, the New-York Historical Society is presenting an installation of nineteenth- and twentieth-century toys from the permanent collection. The display will include a playful selection of cast iron, tin, and carved wooden toys and banks made between 1850 and 1945. Among them will be still and mechanical banks, wind-up, pull, and clockwork toys, toy soldiers, and an assortment of trains, all topped with a Statue of Liberty still bank made between 1885 and 1920.

To celebrate the holiday season, the New-York Historical Society is presenting an installation of nineteenth- and twentieth-century toys from the permanent collection. The display will include a playful selection of cast iron, tin, and carved wooden toys and banks made between 1850 and 1945. Among them will be still and mechanical banks, wind-up, pull, and clockwork toys, toy soldiers, and an assortment of trains, all topped with a Statue of Liberty still bank made between 1885 and 1920.

Exhibition Highlights

Pull toy, Standing dog, 1860-1890, painted iron and tin. New-York Historical Society, INV.4568

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media