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Toy Theatres of the World
By Peter Baldwin
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The toy theater proscenium that houses the Orchestra Nativity — with figures from "Christmas in Tyrol," a museum facsimile, published by Grand Angle — is alsofound in Peter Baldwin's Toy Theatres of the World.




"Toy Theaters of the World" is wonderful resource — and not just for toy theater enthusiasts!
This beautiful book, lovingly written by Peter Baldwin—a toy theater lover who grew up to become a popular actor—belongs on every toy theater lover's bookshelf.

"This extensively illustrated book is the first publication in English to cover the subject of toy theatres worldwide," we're told on the dust jacket, and lucky we are our Founding Fathers spoke English as their tongue.

This treasure brims with the passion of its author and lots of color photographs (and black-and-white) of a world we love. It's all here: "Toy Theatre of England;" "Papiertheater in Germany;" to Dukketeater in Denmark;" "The Kindertheater in Austria;" "Imagerie Français;" "Other Continental Variations;" and "North America."

A sprinkled throughout are the names synonymous with toy theatre: William West, Benjamin Pollock, J. S. Schreiber, and the gifted designer of exquisite proscenia, Theodor Guggenberger.

There's even a wonderful chapter on G. K. Chesterton and his toy theater play George and the Dragon!

But the most moving image of all in this wonderful book for me is the photo of the author's first toy theater: Benjamin Pollock's 1946 Regency Theatre.

I wish I still had mine... But I'll just have to settle for a copy of Peter Baldwin's book.

—Alexis


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