Dollhouse and Toy Museum Exhibits New Collection
The Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont has a new exhibit featuring the decorative tin boxes of Jane Radocchia, a local architect and historian who specializes in the restoration of historic houses. In keeping with her professional work, many of the more than 100 tin boxes picture historic structures, including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Boston’s Symphony Hall and the Harvard Football Stadium, built in 1903. Tin boxes for foods first came into use in England in 1861, mostly for biscuits, confectionaries, coffee and tea. The colorful designs, particularly popular at Christmas time, prompted people to keep them. They became collectibles in this country in the 1950s, because of their interesting designs and because they could be found in antique stores and at yard sales at reasonable prices. Radocchia, who began collecting them in the 1980s, when she sometimes could buy them for as little as twenty-five cents. The Dollhouse and Toy Museum is located at 212 Union Street, Bennington, Vt. It is open Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. For details, visit dollhouseandtoymuseumofvermont.com or call 802-681-3767. A local miniatures club meets on the fourth Monday evening of the month and holds workshops.