There is was, 6:30 am and just getting out of bed. Put the coffee on and went into the living room and turned the TV on to the morning news. Roads to the coast were bare and dry so far so my trip was a solid go. Coffee made and a cup in me I got dressed and went out to start the truck. It has been below freezing here overnight for the last couple of weeks. Isn't Mountain life grand?
There’s something to be said for being
easily amused. In the 1940s,
toy inventor Eddie Goldfarb saw an ad for a
false-teeth holder called a “Tooth Garage” and he started cracking up.
In his head, he saw a pair of dentures, chomping and sputtering down the
road like a car, and
parking on their own.
Thus, in 1949, Yakity-Yak Talking Teeth—the
wildly popular wind-up gag commonly known as “chattering teeth”—were
When visiting Collect-Hit the other week I picked up a leaflet of the Le Musée du Jouet de Bruxelles and when going back for something else a week later I thought it would be good to go see it.
The museum is located in a beautiful 1900 family mansion and has toys from the 1830 to today. More than 30,000 items and as it seems increasing daily (donations of toys old and new were delivered by members of the public while I visited!). Toys are everywhere over three floors: in beautiful cabinets, on the walls, on the floor and whereever there is room!
The team and I have just returned from our fourth trip to the Houten Swapmeet (you'll recall our other trips as blogged about here, here & here) but this time round, we made quite the weekend of it!
First of all, we stopped off to meet our ToyPedia Advisory Board Member Richard Topelen and his charming fiancee Daniela to check out Richard's amazing Lego collection. Richard's website is www.miniland.nl but he really needs a museum to house his fantastic collection (and we hope he opens one!) He has absolutely everything you could possibly imagine in Lego, including a globe of the world, a giraffe, fantastic sixties display models, piles and piles of bricks and the most amazing layouts! Here are some of the pics I took of his fantastic setup: