BY STEVE FULLER, MIAMI ANTIQUE TOY SHOW
TUCKED AWAY IN ONE of Maine’s small towns (although with a population of 4916 it is 64th out of 530 in the State’s population ranks) along the Atlantic coast is probably the largest toy museum in the United States – that you’ve never seen. John Fawcett’s Maine Antique Toy & Art Museum sits on US Route 1 in Waldoboro, about halfway between the (larger) towns of Bath and Camden, in a 19th century country road house.
If Maine can assert its status as America’s “Vacationland,” then Fawcett has every right to do the same as America’s “Toyland,” and toy collectors everywhere ought to make plans to pilgrimage to the Museum. That said, there are some fair warnings to be made before you go: have a good rest, pack your corrected-vision eyeglasses or contact lenses, don comfortable clothing and footwear, have a decent meal, arrive early – very early (because you’ll be staying until closing time, at four), and above all be mentally prepared.