The V&A Museum of Childhood has a new exhibition starting this Saturday featuring architectural paper models. The nearly 200 examples that make up the exhibition are from the collection of Bob Freidus, who has over 20,000 of them, including some from the mid-19th century.
These two, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, are both French and date from the 1890s:
I was obsessed with these as a child, although mine weren’t nearly as beautiful as those gorgeous 19th century ones. My first effort was the Empire State Building, complete with a paper King Kong climbing up it. I also did the Chrysler Building and the Capitol Building. I’m still not sure why my mother trusted me with an X-Acto knife at that age, but I’m glad she did. My models gave me hours and hours of pleasure.
Now I’m beginning to think I should have kept them intact, rather than cutting them up. I wonder how much vintage ’70s paper models go for these days?
The exhibition is on until 9 January 2011 and admission is free. The Museum of Childhood is on Cambridge Heath Road in London.
I’m just hoping I can squeeze a visit in before January!