Gallery of Historic Toys - FAO Schwarz
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 10am-6pm
767 5th Ave. - 212-644-9400
Description: This year FAO Schwarz is celebrating its 150th Anniversary. Since founder Frederick August Otto Schwarz, a German immigrant, opened the doors to the toy emporium in 1862, FAO has been known for its one-of-a-kind products. To pay homage to a number of the world's best-known toys and brands that have influenced generations of kids over the years, the company's flagship store will display a "Gallery of Historic Toys" through mid-April, providing visitors a glimpse into the retailer's storied history. The gallery features vintage editions of 25 of the world's best known playthings, including the original Etch A Sketch and original Richard Steiff Bear, as well as FAO artifacts, such as a 1909 sales ledger and the friendly face of the FAO Schwarz Clock Tower that greeted millions of the store's guests from 1986-2004. The gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the store and is available for viewing during regular store hours.