SPENCER — Steve Mayo of Kentucky will install a rare exhibit of his wooden toy collection at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum on Saturday.
Mayo started collecting old wooden toys a little over three years ago after buying a box full at an auction near Waynesboro, Ga. One of the toys was a Ted Toy-lers Walking Soldier pull toy. He had never heard of Ted Toy-lers, and his research on the subject turned into a passion for collecting.
Mayo now has nearly 3,000 toys in his collection. Many are the best-known or only known examples of their kind.
His concentration is on toymakers Ted Toy-lers, Hustler, Rich, Toy Tinkers, International, Buck-a-Roo, Scarey Ann, Wilson Walkies, Newton Thompson, Fulton, Hyker, Gibbs, Gluck, Performo, Jaymar, Twistum, Cameo, Ideal, Strombecker, Gong Bell, All Fair, Go-Toys, Reed, Bliss, Bumpa, and Crandall.
Light refreshments will be served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Spencer Doll and Toy Museum is at 108 Fourth St. in Spencer. For more information, call 704-762-9359.