Tiny Town

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Acquired in 2009 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Whitman
attributions_note
bibliography
collection_code
MoC
credit
date_end
1973-12-31
date_start
1964-01-01
date_text
ca. 1969 (published)
descriptive_line
Unmade paper model in book form showing Tiny Town, published by Whitman in the U.S.A. ca. 1969
dimensions
Length: 29.8 cm, Width: 22 cm, Depth: 0.2 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
Historical significance: Part of the Robert Freidus Architectural Paper Model Collection.
id
1446
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T19:25:04.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T19:25:04.000Z
latitude
location
In Storage
longitude
marks
materials
paper, card
materials_techniques
Colour printed paper and card
museum_number
LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS.568:176-2009
museum_number_token
loanamericanfriends5681762009
object_number
O1172812
object_type
Model
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Model book with a pink and white cover showing a picture of the assembled model. The book contains 14 press-out model buildings including a church, fire station, garage, school, water tower, trees and cars.
place
United States
primary_image_id
production_note
production_type
Mass produced
public_access_description
This is an unmade paper model of a town, made in the USA by Whitman. It is part of the Robert Freidus collection of paper models, donated to the museum. The Robert Freidus Paper Model Collection contains in excess of 12,000 models of architectural structures. These models remain in their unmade state. The models vary from simple press-out shapes, to more complex objects that require cutting, folding and sticking to produce their intended shape. The models come in various forms; boxed sets, postcards, pages from magazines, and jig-saw puzzles. The collection includes a large number of famous landmarks, versions of which have been produced by many manufacturers. But some models are less well known, including fictional locations from television programmes, and one amateur designer’s own house. Some publishers focus on a specific genre of buildings such as lighthouses while others set out to illustrate types of houses and buildings rather than specific examples. The first paper models, those to be cut out from a sheet and assembled, appeared in Europe in the 17th Century, The earliest commercial models were recorded appearing in French toy catalogues in 1800. From then on paper models became popular across Europe particularly in Germany, and in the later half of the century, the UK. Manufacturers such as Pellerin and Schreiber began producing series of hundreds of models, from famous landmarks to farmhouses and specific scenes. Originally designed for children, paper models gave their owners the chance to learn about places and people in other parts of the world. The best example of this is Milton Bradley’s Village series produced in the late 19th and early 20th Century, which showed the people of a particular country and the houses they lived in. Towards the end of the 20th Century paper modelling became increasingly popular with an adult audience with many kits being designed for a more sophisticated modeller. During this time television tie-ins also started appearing on the market reflecting the emerging trend of media merchandising. More recently with the development of the Internet, models have appeared online and these have been printed and added to the collection. Some of these models are stand alone items, while others can be used with model railways or in fantasy role playing games.
related_museum_numbers
rights
1
shape
site_code
slug
tiny-town-model-whitman
sys_updated
2013-08-16T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
colour printing
title
Tiny Town
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
1973
year_start
1964