Mechanical Toys For Children

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  • Mechanical toys are powered by mechanical energy, for example using rubber bands, springs, and flywheels.
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  • For Children (Hungarian: A Gyermekeknek) is a cycle of short piano pieces composed by Bela Bartok. The collection was originally written in 1908-11, and comprised 85 pieces which were issued in four volumes.

James and Margaret in the News
James and Margaret in the News
Description: Picture of James and Margaret Allen, twins with deafblindness at age six at the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts with newspaper clippings for article "Twins Blind, Deaf, Mute Here for Aid at Institute" . Caption reads: "Science Moves to Aid These Twins: Deaf, dumb and blind from birth, Margy and Jimmy Allan [sic], 6-year-old twins, are shown at the Perkins Institute for the Blind, Watertown, where modern science hopes to free their 'imprisoned' minds. The twins were sent to the institute by Helen Keller. Physicians hope to put the children in contact with the outside world by means of bone and muscle vibration." Full Text of Article: Twins: Blind, Deaf, Mute, Here for Aid at Institute "An open letter to YOU -- who might think life's road stormy: The Boston Evening American today found six-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, who can smile in spite of a triple handicap that robs them of speech, sight and hearing." "All the way from Bay Village, Ohio, Jimmy and Margy, twin children of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Allan came to Perkins Institution for the Blind in Watertown where Laura Bridgman, the first deaf-blind mute ever to be educated was released from the dark silence. It was here, too, where Anne Sullivan Macy, Helen Keller's teacher, was taught. Two days after Christmas, in 1930, Jimmy and Margy were born -- but not like you or me. Double cataracts obscured all vision. A mother and dad, who never for one moment gave up hope, allowed an operation to be performed a year later. Then to their cherished youngsters came limited vision, enough to see objects, but not to distinguish one from the other. But still there shown into the Allan home that slim ray of hope." Education Worry "Maybe sometime, some day, surgery might go a step further to aid Jimmy and his twin sister, Margy. But the hand of fate suddenly stepped in, cruel and cold as it can be sometimes. Jimmy and Margy were found to be deaf. Like all children unable to hear, they did not learn to speak, since speech can only be acquired by imitation. They grew older, Jimmy and Margy, happy between themselves, playing in their own way, normal in every respect and healthy in body. But to Dr. Allan and his wife there was that concern over their education. 'For a time we did not know,' says Mrs. Allan, 'whether they could ever receive the education that their sister at home is receiving." "But that slim ray of hope brightened the Allan home a little more than usual one day when a letter sent to Helen Keller brought the first real happiness to the parents. Dr. Gabriel Farrell of Perkins Institution answered the letter, sent him by Miss Keller, and told what was being done for many children similarly handicapped. To Watertown then came Jimmy and Margy. To a new life. To run toward that first goal of overcoming the handicap of deafness and to learn to hear." "Next they will strive to overcome the handicap of blindness and will learn to read through their fingers. During this instruction speech development will be carried on until the art of speaking is acquired. That is their program. It is their education which they will receive by going to school day by day. Jimmy and Margy began school today. They mingled joyfully with several other deaf-blind children in that special department. While they showed childish thrills by their new friends, their games and toys, they brought similar happiness to a mother and father whom they have never seen but who have caressed and loved them." "On leaving the school, Mrs. Allan, a burden lifted from her heart, said, 'Few mothers can ever realize what a joy it is to me to have my children in school. To see what other children have accomplished fills me with joy and I am looking forward to the day when my children will call me Mother.'" Creator: Unknown Date: circa1937 Publisher: The Boston Evening American Format: black and white photograph and mechanical reproduction of newspaper clippings Digital Identifier: 587-1-1 Rights: Samuel P. Hayes Research Library, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA
012/365 | Tower Bank (1890) | Project 365/2010
012/365 | Tower Bank (1890) | Project 365/2010
Pictured above is a cast-iron bank purchased by my paternal great-grandfather for his infant daughter (my grandmother) in the year 1890. This was my grandmother's piggy bank during her childhood and, during the 1950s, was my favorite toy to play with when visiting my grandparents' apartment. In my pretend world, grandma's bank was at the center of epic battles between armies of toy soldiers. After the soldiers were placed, each side (and, as an only child, I always played both sides) traded turns that consisted of rolling Chicago Transit Authority bus tokens across a wooden floor while attempting to knock over as many soldiers as possible. Getting a bus token to roll across a wooden floor was not difficult, but aiming the roll of a token toward a specific target was a challenge. So when grandma wasn't looking, I'd begin to lob the tokens until the resonance of their dropping on the wood caught her attention, and earned a gentle admonishment. On the front door of the bank is a combination lock. When the melee was over, the few surviving prisoners were locked inside the bank. There they stayed until grandma, who was the only one who knew the lock's combination, decided to set them free. I was in my last year of college when grandma passed away. There was only one possession of hers I really wanted, and my father knew my wishes without asking. After receiving the bank, I was delighted to find the door ajar. Inside was one of my toy soldiers, and several CTA bus tokens. It was nice of grandma to have kept them there for me after all that time, and it was very nice she left the door unlocked! In the year's since my grandmother passed, the bank with her birth year above the entrance has always held a very visible place in our home. It wasn't until recently I began to research her 1890 Tower Bank and learned it been manufactured by Kyser & Rex of Philadelphia, who were well-known for their cast-iron still and mechanical banks. The bank stands 6-7/8-inches tall, and has a japanned finish. The bronze highlights can still be seen, and the original maroon paint on the roof, and the brighter red paint on the doors is in very good condition. While I now know Tower Bank is a collectible, in our family it will always be an heirloom. If I ever am fortunate enough to have grand kids of my own, I may even let them play with it a time or two.

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