Toys at the Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne

The museum’s wooden toys are on display primarily in the window of the Verrière toy shop, an old Dijon firm that was in operation from 1930 to 1986 and one that was well known to several generations of children.

The exhibit conveys the atmosphere of the shop well...

"Once upon a time,...

The neighbourhood children know the address well and they race down Musette street as soon as they get out of school. Wide-eyed, with their noses pressed against the glass, they carefully take stock of the brightly coloured toys: a milk truck, a postman driving a car, a clown waving in a tub, a cat chasing a mouse...and exclaiming over the new models - a red truck with nine firemen all in a row, very dapper in their blue and red uniforms and gold helmets!"

"Guy Verrière watched them from inside. When they returned home, these fair-haired children would try to persuade their mothers to buy them what they wanted. Verrière was very good with children. His acquaintance with the world of toys started in 1930 at the age of 18 when his mother opened a shop at a period when wooden toys were fashionable.

These toys were as old as time and were marvellous illustrations of how clever and ingenious people could be. A shepherd watching his flock in a shady grove could just as well have carved these modest objects with his knife. Quite simply carved from natural living material, in sturdy shapes and painted in brilliant colours, wooden toys have been a favourite medium for childish imaginings. And as Baudelaire points out, their humbleness and sturdiness have been the guarantee of their success." (Dijon Clair-obscur, Musée de la Vie Bourguignonne, Perrin de Puycousin, 1994).
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