Toy exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport


A new exhibit at Philadelphia International Airport features Star Trek and Star War toys, Barbie dolls and other items from the collection of Ronald Toby, a Philadelphia resident with more than 800,000 toys, sports items and other treasures in his collection.

phl Barbie

Look for Philadelphia’s Toy Story post-security in Terminal D through April 2016.

Toy exhibit at Austin Airport

AUSTIN Simpsons

A great selection of 20th century dolls and toys, including cast metal figures, wind-ups, electric trains and action figures from the (yet to open) Austin Toy Museum are on display in the east and west food courts at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Austin Toys poster

There’s a Kewpie doll from 1925, a Lionel streamlined steam locomotive with tender from the 1940s and a set of dolls from the “The Simpsons” circa 1991.

Batman and Robin are here and so are G.I. Joe, Spock and Barbie.

Austin toy Spock

“20th Century Toys” is on display through August 4, 2015 in post-security pylon showcases on the concourse between Gates 7-11.

Austin Toy Batman

Austin Toy Barbie

Austin toy car

(All photos courtesy of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)

Souvenir Sunday at SFO

It’s Souvenir Sunday – when we take a a look at some of the souvenirs you can pick up when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s souvenirs come from San Francisco International Airport, where the Brookstone store has modern-day versions of Pan Am travel items;

Where several newsstands carry flight attendant-themed doll sets;

And where a new shop called Destination Green offers these cute pink (‘green’) cars that Barbie might covet.

Happy Birthday Barbie!

Yesterday, March 8th, was International Women’s Day and today, March 9th, is Barbie’s 50th birthday: the now,  iconic hourglass-shaped doll was first introduced at the American Toy Fair in New York City on this day in 1959.


International Women’s Day celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Some say Barbie does all that too, in high heels and the latest fashion.   Among her many accomplishments and careers: Barbie has a pilot’s license and the pilot’s outfit. She has also been a flight attendant and, in 1965, and astronaut.