Feb. 18 toy, train & doll show to benefit Binghamton, N.Y., humane society

There’s always a full house at the Vintage Toys, Trains & Collectible Show in Binghamton, N.Y. Image provided by The Humane Society of Binghamton

 

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Do you yearn for an old-fashioned toy show brimming with great toys, trains and dolls, and friendly dealers who love to chat and share their knowledge? Just such an event will take place this Saturday, Feb. 18, in Binghamton, New York. The Vintage Toys, Trains & Collectible Show, a fundraiser for the local humane society, has grown into a full and very popular event featuring vintage toys, trains, dolls, plastic models, die-cast automotive toys and much more. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 1645 Hall, 177 Robinson Street in Binghamton.

 

Pressed-steel automotive, tin-friction toys and even King Kong can be found at the popular show. Image provided by The Humane Society of Binghamton

 

This show has all the elements toy collectors remember from the regional shows of the early 1990s. There’s free parking, lots of delicious food, a bake sale, and a low, low admission price of only $3. Children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult.

 

Remember old Revell model kits? There were many available at last year’s edition of the Vintage Toys, Trains & Collectible Show. Image provided by The Humane Society of Binghamton

 

Not only has this show developed the reputation of being a great place to discover very desirable toys pulled from the attics and closets of multi-generational homes in New York’s southernmost tier, but also from residences in nearby Pennsylvania and western Massachusetts. Best of all, the show’s profits will help homeless animals who are cared for by The Humane Society of Binghamton.

 

 

The full address for the American Legion hall is 177 Robinson St., Binghamton, NY 13905. Want more information? Contact Rick Barron at 607-343-2302, or Kim Broderick at kbroderick@bchumanesoc.com.

Visit The Humane Society of Binghamton, New York online at www.bchumanesoc.com.

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Restored Memphis Belle to be displayed at Air Force museum

The B-17F ‘Memphis Belle’ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in December 2011. U.S. Air Force photo

 

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Officials say a famous World War II aircraft will be on public display next year at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton after more than a decade of restoration.

Museum curator Jeff Duford says the Memphis Belle, an Army Air Forces B-17F Flying Fortress bomber, will be unveiled on May 17, 2018. That date will be the 75th anniversary of the crew’s 25th mission over Europe.

The aircraft will be the centerpiece of a large-scale exhibit on strategic bombing in the World War II gallery. A museum spokesman says a B-17 will be moved out and eventually transported to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

Work to restore the Memphis Belle has been underway since 2005.

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