FEATURED FROM GOTELLI’S COLLECTION of whimsical objects are games, puzzles, puppets, children’s books, jumping jacks, ethnographic toys designed out of recyclable materials to name a few. His favorite toy medium, Victorian paper toys are in abundance including Raphael Tuck rockers, ABC stacking blocks, French and American board games, skittles and paper dolls. There is also a complete town of “The New Pretty Village,” complete with town people, trees and fences on a colorful plot plan.
Dolph’s toys have been collected over the past 40 years from a particularly personal and selective eye concerning subject and genre. He is primarily attracted to toys of fantasy that come from storybooks or pure imagination. The majority of the toys are from the 19th and early 20th century. His fondness for popular culture is evident with a “Pee Wee Herman” ventriloquist doll accompanied by a “Chairy” hand puppet.