If you have ever seen the toy collection in my apartment, affectionately known as The Cave, you will get the idea that I am big on the circus. When I caught the toy bug, in 1970, the first toy I ever purchased was a balancing clown. I think he was $12 at the time. The rest is history.
One of the centrepieces of my circus collection is the Marx Super Circus Play Set. It comes with the miniature components that make up a real circus. All the acts are there, the big top with the lions and horses, the high wire act, the clowns, the carnival with the sword swallower, the strong man, and the world’s largest lady, the little people couple and of course, the popcorn vendor.
This playset is just one example of many themes, some of them, real-life scenes, like the grocery store or the service station. Other sets depicted historical events, such as the Alamo or the American Civil War. And yet others were based on TV shows and movies, such as Robin Hood, The Untouchables, Roy Rogers and Gunsmoke, just to name a few.
It was a brilliant way to give children the opportunity to experience real life in a miniature and safe environment. I have had several sets over the years. Not surprisingly, there is a huge collectors base for playsets.
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