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Trick toy theatre figure of a crocodile and a blue box

2007.0013.0102

Trick toy theatre figure of a crocodile and a blue box

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Physical description

A coloured, cardboard, trick toy theatre figure of a green crocodile and a blue box. The figure features one folded panel (one is missing), which folds back to reveal a second scene. The first figure is a green crocodile upon a red platform. The second figure is a blue box with text "HE".

Statement of significance

The Everitt and George Family collection consists of over 800 objects including a Toy Theatre with a 'Redington' proscenium and a second back stage, play booklets and associated scenery, photographs of the Toy Theatre, and documents and working notes related to the collection. The collection is in good condition.

The Toy Theatre was invented in England around 1811, reflecting the popularity of pantomimes and plays performed in the leading theatres around London in the same period. They soon became a favourite pastime for teenage boys and adult collectors alike, with a long list of publishers producing a wealth of material. B Pollock was one of the most famous of these publishers and the earliest pieces in this collection have been attributed to Pollock. Though this was largely an English tradition the collection reflects the first owner Edward Everitt's heritage, who migrated to Australia in the 19th century bringing parts of the Toy Theatre with him.

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