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Toy-car exhibit brings sense of nostalgia to museum

The temporary Pedal to the Metal exhibit at the McDuffie Museum is bringing back happy memories.

Thirteen pedal cars and a large assortment of toy vehicles, vintage toy ads and toy catalogs are on loan to the museum from the collection of Jimmy and Dena Williams.

"Everyone that comes in here gets a reminiscent feeling of what they had when they were little," museum Director Jenny Lindsey said. "People remember having the toys, but they don't know what happened to them. Luckily, Jimmy and Dena saved them for us."

All items are original and not reproductions. There are even old pictures of Mr. Williams playing with some of the toys.

Ms. Lindsey said the toys come from the 1940s to the early 1970s. She said younger children are amazed with the large pedal cars and recognize that they are similar to their own battery-operated, motorized mini-vehicles.

"One child said 'this is like my Barbie ®, but it's like a bicycle,'" Ms. Lindsey said with a laugh.

Although the exhibit is for viewing only, there is one pedal vehicle -- a John Deere tractor -- that children can sit on.

The exhibit will be on display until the middle of August.

Located on Main Street in downtown Thomson, the museum is open noon until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 2-5 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call 706-595-0023.

Web posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010

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