Holiday Cast Iron Toy Display
Now through January 31
The National Museum of Industrial History is hosting a special temporary exhibit focusing on cast iron toys this holiday season. The exhibit, which features exquisite artifacts from the personal collections of Pam and Charlie Dent and Stevie Weart focuses on the Dent Hardware Company, who produced toys in the Lehigh Valley from the late 1800s to 1973. The company cast its first toys in 1898 and quickly became one of the nation’s leading iron toy makers, enjoying continual growth and success for many years with a reputation for producing high-quality merchandise – both in hardware and toys. Running now through the end of January, the exhibit offers an interesting glimpse into an era before plastics took over the toy industry and changed the way kids play.