Wednesday, August 16, 2017


One of many many rows and displays of farm toys
I saw my blogger post feed that I usually keep stocked was running low of future posts so I started looking through my camera roll on my phone and found these pictures that I forgot to post. These were from another mini-vacation we did this summer. This time we drove to Dyersville, home of the National Farm Toy Museum. I have known about it all my life but just never stopped and finally I did. There are tens of thousands of farm toys on display and if I were younger and could crawl around for hours on my hands and knees again, I would have been in heaven with all these toys to play with. They had displays from many many other brands but growing up John Deere, I just had to take a picture of one of the many display cases holding some of their farm toys.

In another room, there were lots of scale models of farms all the way from the late 1800's to modern times. This one is one of my favorites because it reminded me of my childhood. I helped build a dollhouse from scratch for my oldest daughter years ago and really enjoyed that project even if she preferred her prefab plastic dollhouse she got from Grandma instead. So I could really see myself doing something like this someday just because I enjoy it. The detail amazes me.

Another hobby that I could see myself doing that combines my love of wood working with toys, making scale model wooden toys. I don't know how many hours are involved in these models but it was more than I have at the moment.

We spent a couple hours at the museum checking out all the displays and one of the better features was a kid's room tucked into a room upstairs. It had lots of farm toys for kids to play with and keep them entertained while us adults looked at the other "toys"!


sage said...

My cousins who grew up on a tobacco farm, and whose father always brought John Deere tractors, always had those nice cast metal tractor toys... I was always a little jealous, but they out grew them early cause by age 10, they were both driving the real thing. Impressive museum.

Susan said...

Oh, I LOVE those wooden toys! What craftsmanship! I had a toy tractor when I was a kid and it was my favorite possession. I have a great fondness for miniatures - like dollhouses and that farmhouse. I will have to put this museum on my bucket list!

Ed said...

Sage - I don't recall when I started driving tractors but I guess I was closer to twelve. My brother was short for his age back then and when he started driving, my dad clamped wooden block extensions to the pedals so he could drive.

Susan - They had two cases full of wooden toys and I was enthralled with them. I wished I had a grandfather or such who would have made me a couple when I was younger.

Kelly said...

Well I would have been in hog heaven at this museum. I love miniatures! I have a great collection that's mostly all packed away now. Makes me want to go unpack all of it. When my youngest two were little, the Polly Pocket and Mighty Max toys were popular and I loved playing along with them.

The craft group I use to belong to auctioned off a fabulous handmade doll house filled with tons of tiny treasures. I bid on it, but did not get it. A pity.

Bob said...

I know you're glad you finally stopped there. I love miniatures too, and loved playing with miniature army men as a child. My daughter also played with Polly Pockets and we kept most of them. When she visits, she will sometimes go down in the basement and play with them!

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Oh what fun!
I'm sure none of these were allowed to be played with, but did they have an area where kids (or adult kids) could play with less valuable ones? I'd imagine these would put many in the "playing with toys" mood. :)

Ed said...

Kelly - I've been to a few auctions around here with miniature stuff that people have built and really, there never seems to be a market for it. I think at least around here if I were to do something like that, it would strictly be for enjoyment.

Bob - My grandfather had some lead molds that he made toy lead soldiers from that my brother and I always used to play with using several domino sets for bulwarks. We spent hours doing that. Unfortunately for me, it went to my uncles side of the family. Perhaps someday I will find a similar one on ebay and relive my childhood.

Pumpkin Delight - The less valuable ones were all made of oversized pieces of plastic. I'm sure metal farm toys like of my childhood are just a lawsuit waiting to happen unfortunately.

Leigh said...

Wow! Dan and I really enjoy museums, and this one looks 5 star! I suppose it helps to be interested in all things farming, LOL

Ed said...

Leigh - Yeah, if there isn't an interest in farming, this one might be kind of boring.