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At historic Colonial grounds, old toys for a new audience

Family Fun Day a time for long-ago games and crafts

6 year old Jonathan Badillo of Johnstown, does a fine job his first time with a quill pen at Family Fun Day at Old Fort Johnson. His mother Nina, 31, and sister Juliette, 1, are seen left.
6 year old Jonathan Badillo of Johnstown, does a fine job his first time with a quill pen at Family Fun Day at Old Fort Johnson. His mother Nina, 31, and sister Juliette, 1, are seen left.
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Collin and Catarina Healy couldn’t quite figure out how to make the buzz saw twirl. The historical toy — made out of a thin piece of circular wood, two dowels and some string — was a favorite among Colonial children who had nothing to do after a Sunday service. It was primitive, much like the old-fashioned yo-yo, spinning top and Jacob’s ladder. But, boy, it was addictive. So even though Collin, 11, couldn’t pull his ...


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