I recently learned of The American Toy Marble Museum that is located at Lock 3 Park, Downtown Akron, Ohio. I read about the museum in a post, Of Marbles, Toys and Akron’s Little Blue Santa at a friend’s blog . In the post, I learned that:
“Michael Cohill is absolutely passionate about the history of the American Marble and Toy Manufacturing Company. He’s spent the past 20 years researching the history of Akron, Ohio’s toy industry and teaching children how to play marbles.”
I have my own marble collection passed down to me from my Mom, so I visited the link within the post and found that the museum offers many marble resources. Here are some that caught my eye:
- The making of a hand gathered glass marble
- How to shoot a marble
- Marble Games
- Marble Tournament Origins
The Blue Santa is included in this post because Mr. Cohill contacted my friends’ studio, asking them to reproduce what is said to be the oldest known American made ceramic figurine of St. Nicholas. To learn more about the story of the Blue Santa, how he is being reproduced and why he is blue, visit Of Marbles, Toys and Akronâ€™s Little Blue Santa at From Skilled Hands. It is a fascinating story and a good holiday read.