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Vintage Tin Toy Robots on Display

  • May 24 – September 04, 2017
  • Location:  John Wayne Aiport - Vi Smith Concourse Gallery, located on the Departure (upper) Level, across from Gates 18 through 21 in Terminal C.
  • Recurrence:  Recurring daily


A collection of vintage tin toy robots from the private collection of Orange County resident Steve Canning is on display now at John Wayne Airport (JWA).

"This exhibition provides an opportunity for the traveling public to view remnants from an era of great ingenuity," said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. "The Tin Toy Robot Collection at John Wayne Airport showcases the imagination of a generation that dared to reach for the stars.

"The great space race of the 1950's and the inventiveness of the decade lead to the Golden Age of tiny toy robots. The culture of this period is reflective of the significant advancements and achievements made by some of the greatest innovators of the time.

Toy collecting is a globally recognized endeavor and in many instances, a professional cultural endeavor, predominantly circulated by the internet. Currently, many broadcast television shows illustrate the high values of historic toys and their original boxes. The exhibition at John Wayne Airport is a presentation of a particular niche within the toy collecting realm. There are close to 100 toy robots, boxes and catalogs with a historic overview provided for each.

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