NYC – UES – MCNY: New York Toy Stories – Lionel Trains
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Founded in New York City in 1903, the Lionel Train Company was the earliest manufacturer of electric model trains in the United States, producing detailed small-scale replicas of locomotives, tracks and rolling stock. Soon, the demand for Lionel’s model trains became tremendous, and by 1910 the company had outgrown its New York manufacturing facilities. That year, they moved to a new factory in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1924, Lionel Train Company moved again to Irvington, New Jersey, where it remained until the late 1960s.
This locomotive and car set dates to 1910.
New York Toy Stories, a permanent exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, explores New York childhood over the last 200 years through toys, games, cast-iron vehicles, and the Stettheimer doll house – all owned or made by New Yorkers.
The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY), founded in 1923 to present the history of New York City and its people, fills an imposing 5-floor brick and limestone building on the Museum Mile section of Fifth Avenue, between 103rd and 104th Streets. The Museum was originally housed in Gracie Mansion until this Neo-Georgian-Colonial style was built to the design of Joseph J. Freedlander from 1928-1930. The museum’s collections include paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs featuring New York City and its residents, as well as costumes, decorative objects and furniture, toys, rare books and manuscripts, marine and military collections, police and fire collections, and a theater collection.