A museum Curator does many things, but did you know that playing with antique toys is one of them?
THE FIRE MUSEUM OF MARYLAND recently received a donation of antique cast iron toys, artwork and artifacts from the McLaughlin Company of Rockville, Maryland. The McLaughlin Company, is known for its work in the union and labor organization insurance market. John McLaughlin started the insurance company in 1929. He simultaneously owned an antique store in Alexandria, Virginia. Some of the items in this collection came from the store. Others were purchased by the company in later years culminating in over 125 fire-related pieces of historical framed prints, lithographs, parade hats, helmets and antique cast iron toys.