Nov. 11, 2004
A collection of World
War II military Dinky toys along with a series of drawings
featuring northwest Iowa landscapes will be on display Nov.
15 through Dec. 23 at the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library Center.
The Library Center
's display cabinets will feature a collection of more than
30 different Dinky military toys that were produced during
the years from 1937 to 1955. The collectibles, created at
1/60 scale, are part of a private collection of the military
series of Dinky Toys, which were first introduced in 1937
by Meccano, Ltd., the parent company of Dinky Toys, founded
in 1901 by Frank Hornby.
During World War
II, the Meccano factory was assigned production work for the
war, leaving the World War II toys in short supply. Following
the end of the war, new military toys were released. Post-war
characteristics of the Dinky models include wheels with metal
hubs, treaded rubber tires, and color changes from high-gloss
green to matte greens and browns.
Excluding boxed sets,
more than 1,000 different Dinky Toys have been produced. Dinky
Toys ceased operations in 1979, but in 1987 the Dinky name
became the property of Matchbox and a new series of toys were
produced which carried the Dinky name.
Center 's exhibition walls will feature a series of small
drawings by Sioux City artist and educator Pauline Sensenig.
The work depicts rural landscapes of northwest Iowa, many
of which were drawn on location.
"The drawings reflect
the fresh, comforting image of our northwest Iowa environment
and are part of a series of 'comfort' images produced since
the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001," said Sensenig.
Hours at the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow
Library Center are Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 11
p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.;
and Sundays, 1 p.m. - 11 p.m. For holiday hours, click