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Treasures of Christmases past

December 11, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Peeking is not needed this season at the Oller House, even though there are dozens of toys under the tree.

The dolls, tricycles, books and trucks have purposefully been left unwrapped.

The children's playthings are the focus of the Waynesboro Historical Society's latest exhibit at the 1892 house on Pa. 16.

"Christmases of our Past: Toys of the 1950s and '60s" debuted over the weekend and will be open again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event serves as the historical society's annual Christmas open house.

"I'm not that old, but I remember playing with a lot of them," Autumn Winchester said Sunday. The Mechanicsburg, Pa., woman said she frequently drives past the Oller House.

"I have always wanted to come in," she said.

Winchester not only remembered books like the Bobbsey Twins, but also "bubble lights" on the Christmas tree displayed in the Queen Anne-style Victorian home's circular tower.

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"A number of members brought in toys from the 1950s," Historical Society Vice President David C. McJonathan said.

Sandy Fisher of Waynesboro shared her husband's toy firetruck for the exhibit. That firetruck otherwise is displayed in an antique playpen.

"I'm very interested in the historical society with growing up here," she said.

Fisher and McJonathan reminisced about using a key to tighten metal roller skates, which were nestled among evergreens on a downstairs fireplace mantle.

"I always look forward to the open houses here," Fisher said.




If you go ...



What: Waynesboro (Pa.) Historical Society open house and toy exhibit

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Oller House at 138 W. Main St., Waynesboro

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