If you live in portland go see this. But you dont need to take your small children. Its Kidd's museum not a "Kid's" museum.
And you need not worry, dear politically correct friend. Nothing is politically incorrect about the toys here since our current social rules dont apply to stuff that was made a 100 years ago. That we would expect someone in 1870 to know how best to not offend a sensitive person in 2008 is a little ridiculous dont you think?
The depth of this collection is a little amazing. The variety of coin operated banks for instance is astounding. I would guess that 1301 SE Grand street has as many of these cultural relics as any museum in the world. There are hundreds. The lady who let us in after hours (i arranged by phone) told us that Kidd actually has only 1/3 of his collection on display because the current location lacks space. Amazing.
Check out the "toy" cast iron stove in the corner display. Thats no cheap plastic easy bake oven. Its a fully functional mini of a 4 burner cast iron stove. Thing must weigh 300 lbs at least. you could literally cook a chicken dinner on this thing if put some firewood in it. Incredible.
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