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The Festival Museum shows representative toys of the past century belonging to the Carlos Fuentes Zambudio collection (23/12/2019)

About 200 pieces, from the first half of the last century, are part of the exhibition of 'Antique Toys', scheduled by the Department of Tourism of the City of Caravaca de la Cruz in one of the rooms of the Museum of the Party, located in the palace of the Uribe.

The exhibition, which will remain open to the public until February 28, is one of the novel proposals included in the program 'It's Christmas in Caravaca 2019', coordinated by the different departments of the Caravaqueño Consistory.

The toys of this exhibition, addressed to all audiences, belong to the Carlos Fuentes Zambudio collection, which has participated in the inauguration, together with the Councilor for Tourism, José Carlos Gómez, and the coordinator of the Fiesta Museum, Indalecio Pozo.

The exhibition consists of a representation of emblematic pieces of tin, wood, cardboard, stone and mud, which were made in places with important toy traditions such as Ibi, Dénia and Murcia.

"As a curiosity, most of the tin toys on display belonged to an illustrious caravaqueño, Manuel Robles Chillida," said Carlos Fuentes at the opening.

Fuentes Zambudio has been collecting toys for over 15 years.

This work has led him to investigate and write about the Murcian toy.

This is his third individual exhibition.

From the 30s to the 60s, Murcia was an important enclave in the manufacture of stone cardboard toys.

Emilio Gil Moreno, Francisco Peña Torres, Juan Antonio Mirete, González Conte, Iniesta and Crespo, Seiquer are some of the important men linked to the history of the toy.

With the entry of plastic, manufacturers had to reinvent themselves and adapt to the new times.

In a few years everything disappeared.

Only invoices, photographs and some of those toys remain, which can be seen in this exhibition.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Caravaca de la Cruz

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