Mini military men invade Spencer museum

  • Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:01 a.m.

By Fayelessa Shropshire and Catherine Crawford

Spencer Doll and Toy Museum

When you think about the military, you don’t necessarily think about miniatures or small scales.

However, for one group of men known as the Military Miniatures Society of South Carolina, that’s all they think about.

“An assortment of men who share and celebrate diverse interests ranging from military history and war gaming miniatures to comparatively gigantic GI Joe figures and play sets meet once a month,” said club president Dennis Fontana,

After years of displaying their miniatures at the S.C. State Museum, the club has found another place to share their treasures.

Two club members took on the task of collecting a variety of items to create two exhibits at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum.

The purpose of the exhibits is to educate and promote history through miniatures.

Fontana has returned for the second time to share a variety of unique items from his personal collection. The vintage items carry a military theme.

Some of the new items featured in his display are a series of paper circus figures, which were made during World War II.

They were made from paper to conserve metals for the war efforts.

All of the toy soldiers featured in the 1879-1897 Afghanistan War exhibit were set up and hand painted by Jake Jacobs.

Jacobs is an active military serviceman who enjoys creating these figures and dioramas.

Recently, the club competed in the Atlanta Model Figure Club Show and won several awards.

These exhibits will be on display at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum through the end of April.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

General admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children.

For more information, visit or call 704-762-9359.

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