Sigal Museum to Tell Vintage Toy Story

'Playtimes Past' exhibit opens at Easton's Sigal Museum on Friday.

Long before the Furby, centuries before kids pitted Batman and Bane action figures against each other, there was Punch and Judy.

The violent/comic puppet show dates back to the 1500s and is still performed today.

You can see a set of these puppets starting Friday at the Sigal Museum as it begins its "Playtimes Past" exhibit.

"Taken from the collections of the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society, this exhibit offers adults and children a rare opportunity to experience childhood toys, games and activities from Victorian times to the early 1900s," the museum said in a news release.

The exhibit features vintage dolls, old sleds and skates, games such as jacks and dominoes, and the Punch & Judy puppets, complete with a theater. There's even a 1963 Dennis the Menace comic book set in Bethlehem.

"Playtimes Past" coincides with the Sigal's open house Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For $2 -- kids under 12 get in free -- visitors can see the exhibit and watch a documentary on the history of the Easton Peace Candle.


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