Photographer looking for classic toys to complete charity exhibition

Charity on the hunt for a 1950s Slinky, a 1960s Sindy doll and a 1980s Rubik’s Cube
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Sheffield-based photographer Andy Brown is on the lookout for retro toys to complete the line-up of a charity art exhibition.

The Artfet charity helps to brighten up wards at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the exhibition will appear in the hospital’s A&E department.

Brown is looking for toys from the 1870s onwards and the toys still on his desired list include a 1950s Slinky, a 1960s Sindy doll, a 1980s Rubik’s Cube, a 1980s Transformer, a 1990s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and LEGO Binoculars from the 2000s.

“I’ve photographed everything from spinning tops, yoyos and puppets to Darth Vadar figurines, Care Bears and Furbys, but I needed the public to help me find the last few favourites to complete the collection,” said Brown.

“I came up with the idea because toys are so universal – we’ve all played with them and loved them, so I thought it would be great to hunt down toys that children played with since the hospital was first opened in the 1870s up until today.”

All toys will be returned to owners once photographed.

To lend toys for the exhibition, email or call 0114 271 7203.


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