Monday, February 23, 2009

Childhood Memories

A British artist, living in France, had this to say recently on his blog...
From working on the stage set recently, reminded me of Pollock's Toy Museum in London's East End.

As a young teenager in the 1950's I visited this toyshop many times and have very fond memories of its narrow stairs and tiny rooms, stuffed with wonderful toys - especially penny-plain and twopenny-coloured toy theatres.

It was here that I re-discovered my passion for the theatre. I bought the Adelphi Theatre, built it and acted out plays of my own devising.

The Museum is still there (just!) and can be found at the corner of Whitfield and Scala Street, off the Euston Road. Nearest tube station is Goodge Street.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Interview with Spanish Collector Lucía Contreras

In my house, there was always a toy theater of my father Damian, who is 85 years old. His sister and he invented many stories with this toy during the Spanish Civil War. Miraculously, this toy survived through those terrible years and also survived to my older brothers and me.

From a new interview of Lucía Contreras, who has been featured here before...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

In Memoriam: Gigi

An online memorial has been set up by friends of Gigi Sandberg, who recently passed on.

Gigi was a mentor to me, as she was to so many. Until I read the details of her life on this memorial page, I had no idea how full and rich a life she led. Truly an amazing person...

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Gigi, R.I.P.

From Glen Sandberg comes this news tonight...
Our memories live with the goodness and grace she has left in her wake!

Georgene (Schreiner)(Marshall)(Raymond) Sandberg passed away last night at about 10:30 pm.

She lived her active life to the very end, thanks to surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for almost ten years after first diagnosis of metastatic cancer. The terminal stage was brief and painless. She died in her sleep after two very active days, a week short of age 83.

We all knew her in the context of her many different interests so I won't try to list them all.
R.I.P., Gigi...