Exhibition “Tin toys” marks the summer in the Museum of Portimão

Exhibition “Tin toys” marks the summer in the Museum of Portimão

Opening, July 7 at  5 PM

On July 7, at 5:00 p.m., the exhibition “Toys of tin” opens at the Museum of Portimão. The show that gathers pieces made in Portugal, such as scooters, tricycles, cars, trucks, trains, airplanes, stoves, sewing machines, irons, buckets and beach shovels, among other objects, results from the interest of Carlos Anjos and CAN can CAN restaurant in Lisbon, in the collection and collection of this kind of artefacts and in the fact that they have accepted the Museum’s challenge to make them known to the public in this museum space.

It was at the beginning of the last century that the production of the first traditional canned “Tinplate metal” started in Portugal, at the hands of the craftsman José Augusto Júnior “JAJ”.

With World War II, tinplate began to run out, giving rise to the demand for this raw material, especially in the northern region, in Alfena and later in Gondomar and Ermesinde, in canning factories in Matosinhos, in lithographs of sheet and scrap metal , reusing the leftovers and cans already used, in order to continue the manufacture of toys.

Considering that toys have mostly come from the recycling of olive and sardine cans it makes sense that these memories are now shared in an area that was once a former cannery.

The toys on display constitute a milestone in the experience of the generations between the twenties and sixties (20th century), surviving the oblivion and the arrival of plastic.

These colorful memories can be remembered and appreciated at the Portimão Museum until 2 September at the following times: until July 31, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday, from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. summer from 1 to 31 August, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.