Making the MoST of History
Written by Sharon Verbeten
SINGAPORE’S MUSEUM OF SHANGHAI TOYS EMBRACES CHINA’S LITTLE-KNOWN TOY LEGACY
To those in the Western world, the Far East remains a corridor of mystery, beauty and exoticism. To graphic designer and collector Marvin Chan, it is that and much more, since the 42-year-old collector has long viewed the region through the world of antique toys.
As the Hong Kong-born Chan learned more of the history of antique toys, he was inspired not only to collect the vintage toys of China but also to share them with the world. His longtime dream became a reality when he opened the Museum of Shanghai Toys (MoST) in 2005, in his adopted home of Singapore.
The museum (visit its Web site at http://www.most.com.sg) houses 3,000 toys – some dating to the first decade of the 20th century – from Chan’s personal collection. “For me, Chinese toys are not just a hobby or a collection, they are cultural heritage,” said Chan.