Search for old toys puts hospital in the picture

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What did you do with those old toys?

Sheffield photographer Andy Brown is appealing for toys from the past 140 years for a work to be displayed in A&E department of the Children’s Hospital.

“I’ve photographed everything from spinning tops, yoyos and puppets to Darth Vadar figurines, Care Bears and Furbys, but I need the public to help me find the last few favourites to complete the collection,” he said.

As part of the hospital charity’s art programme, Artfelt, the search is on for original toys which can be temporarily loaned and photographed. On the list are a 1950s Slinky, a 1960s Sindy, a 1980s Rubik’s Cube, a 1980s Transformer, 1990s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and 2000s Lego Bionicles.

Andy said: “I came up with the idea because toys are so universal – we’ve all played with them and loved them, so I thought it would be great to hunt down toys that children played with since the hospital was first opened in the 1870s up until today.”

Contact Cat Powell at or 271 7203. The toys would be needed for a maximum of one hour.