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The Marx Toy Museum Sale 2022

The Marx Toy Convention happened the third weekend of June this year at The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum in Wheeling, West Virginia. I’ve already shown you photos and video from the convention, and yesterday I brought you images from our side trip to The Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville.

Today we’re going to show you some of the Friday-night fun from Francis Turner’s Brigadoon-like Marx Toy Museum, also in Moundsville, which only opens one or two nights a year since it ceased daily operation six years ago. Francis puts out select toys from the museum for sale and collectors from all over North America get to share in the bounty of Francis’ collecting journey.

The day’s hot weather and our long day of Marx Toy festivities caught up with me, so we ducked out after about half an hour, but it was great to see Francis again and visit his incredible collection. And I did get a few good images to share. We’re still limited to a dozen or so photos a day, so we’ll bring you a few more from this Museum Thursday in PopCult.

But we have some great images today, so let’s look at ’em…

Die-hard collectors check out what was the Johnny West area of the museum.

Checking out the Knights and Vikings.

More collectors checking out the treasures.

Lot’s of cool artifacts, including a photo of Francis with The American Pickers.

If my house wasn’t full, I might’ve bought this Stony Smith Jeep.

Concept sketch and designs for The Big Wheel.

Cool toys everywhere you look.

Some of the Marx-Hanna Barbera collaborations.

Checking out more Marx action figures.

And more spectacular playsets!

One last glance at the Marx Toy Museum before we had to cut out.

Tomorrow we’re going to take a side trip to a FiestaWare paradise, and then we’ll wrap up with a couple more photo essays on  Thursday.

1 Comment

  1. Thomas Wheeler

    Excellent photos — and I remember that episode of American Pickers.

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