Just look at this fantastic building on Elm Street – the “old” New England Telephone and Telegraph Company building, erected in 1928. I only wish our new buildings looked so “old”! It’s practically an urban erection!!! Take a close look – as I did a few days ago: The building, with its windows and metal door, looks art deco cool. Powerful! Then the doorway and its stately symbols announce the edifice’s civic importance! Title, date, bell, symbol of the telephone company. An urban work of art which announces: Many people are employed here! The telephone and telegraph rule! America communicates with THE WORLD!!! We are #1!!!
Then look way way way up on the roof top – I only noticed this when I downloaded the photo I took: AN EAGLE ready to SOAR!!!!! Just like my beloved Worcester and my grand, grand AMERICA! – Rosalie Tirella
11.15.2012 – 04.27.2013
On exhibit through Saturday, May 4
Free with museum admission, Worcester Historical Museum, Elm Street
How about a game of Twister or give the hula-hoop a try? This is the last week to get your “game on” and learn about the fun history of toys and games at WHM.
Experience a new way to learn about history in the fun and interactive exhibition Game On. Exploring the history of toys and games in America, Game On is designed like a board game encouraging children and adults to explore the gallery and artifacts – like LEGOs, the first paper dolls manufactured in America, Toy Soldiers, Puzzles, Barbies, and more – while answering trivia, playing games and having fun.
Game On surveys the development of “play” and the toy industry, looking at New England based giants like Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and Hasbro, smaller companies like Worcester Toy Company and Ralphco Inc, the marketing of toys and the development of franchises. Audiences, young and old, will be able to connect with future generations by the associations that toys and games have with childhood.
This exhibition was supported in in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Discovery Days: Worcester in the 1960s
Wednesday, May 16
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Bring in your memories, photographs, artifacts, and other treasures from the 1960s. As part of the preparation for Worcester Historical Museum’s 2013 exhibit, Worcester in the 1960s, WHM is hoping to fill in the blanks with your history.