Creepy Dolls and Famous Puppets: Pollock’s Toy Museum

Pollock's Toy Museum

Pollock’s Toy Museum

Clunk, clunk, ka-ching went the old-fashioned till in the old fashioned store-front of this charmingly old-fashioned toy-shop-cum-museum. It was a very satisfying sound; those heavy clunks followed by the ringing ka-ching. Pollock’s Toy Museum, however is more than just an old fashioned till (even though the til was a really nice way to start this visit).

What started as a mother’s attempt to buy a small item for her son (possibly to complete a collection of his, alas,  the history section of the website is a bit sparse so we have to do some imagining here) turned into a quest to buy up all of  famed purveyor of toys Benjamin Pollock’s stock and opening a small museum.

After all that effort, I hope she found the toy her son wanted…

Like a kid in a toy store…

The good thing about a museum like this is that no matter how old you are, there will be something to transport you back to those carefree days of youth. It could be that Action-Man toy or maybe the rather sinister looking rocking horse or it could be a simple hand-puppet. Or it could be “one of the most successful of all puppet characters on TV.”

Sooty and Sweep and a Panda called Soo

It has been a while since I’ve encountered a beloved character from children’s television in a museum.  It turns out today was my lucky day – look! There’s three of them here!

Sooty and Sweep

Sooty and Sweep

Who else remembers watching the adventures of these three on the television?  There’s Sooty (with his magic wand), Sweep and a Panda called Soo – who until now I always thought was called “Sue”. These are the original 1950s puppets used by Harry Corbet, who donated them to the museum. Although they’re so old, I was impressed by how brightly coloured Sooty and co. still are. I would have thought that the bright television lights would have faded the Sooty’s yellow hide and age would have dulled Soo’s white fur but no ! Sooty is, I believe, still on TV somewhere (possibly on CBeebies?).

Creepy Dolls

The downside of all Toy Museums (musea? Sorry, years of being drilled in declining nouns leaves a lasting impression) is the Creepy Doll. The Creepy Doll is not just one object, but can take many forms. It is *quite literally* nightmare inducing, especially when it manifests itself everywhere.

Reader, you have been warned.

Creepy Doll

Creepy Doll

Creepy Doll Parts

Creepy Doll Parts

Creepy Doll

Creepy Doll

Creepy Dolls

Creepy Dolls

 

 

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