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Lost at Pond

by Gary McLeod | Visual Artist
While seabeds are the final resting places of ships lost “at sea” such as the Titanic and the Bismarck, so too are the village ponds for the toy boats that were so popular since the middle of the 19th Century. When the round pond in Kensington was dredged in 1923, some 150-toy boats were found enshrined in the mud at the bottom. To learn why, we need to know more about these popular toys, and an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum can help us. The aim of the exhibition is to show the development, variety and range of toy boats between 1850 and 1950. In it, we are privy t... [more]
Posted by Gary McLeod | Visual Artist on 9/5/10