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Exhibition Detail
Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection
170 Central Park West
New York City, NY 10024

November 23rd, 2012 - September 8th, 2013
November 23rd, 2012 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Marklin Elevated Station with accessories, Marklin Elevated Station with accessories,
ca. 1900
© Courtesy of New York Historical Society
upper west side
(212) 873-3400
Tue-Thu 10-6; Fri 10-8; Sat 10-6; Sun 11-5:45

Magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels—all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress, will be on view this holiday season at the New-York Historical Society, in the first museum exhibition of selections from the renowned Jerni Collection.

Among the unique, hand-crafted and hand-painted toys will be the only existing first model elevated station. Designed by Märklin, ca. 1895, it is known as the Rolls-Royce of toy train manufacturers and will be displayed in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, near the 77th Street entrance. In New-York Historical’s Luce Center, the installation will include Märklin’s largest and most elaborate train station, ca. 1904; Marklin’s only known extant post office, ca. 1895; a Märklin girder bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel, ca. 1905; Rock & Graner’s extraordinary hand-painted road over double-arched brick bridge, ca. 1902; and Ernst Plank’s exquisite Ferris wheel from the turn-of-the-century.

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