Toy Stories

download (2)Do you remember your favorite toy from when you were a child? Was it a toy car, a game or perhaps a doll? I remember mine , it was when I was just 6 years old.  For Christmas me and my younger brother and sister got a bike and a stuffed animal. My brother got a big green floppy dog that he called Hooney and I honesty do not remember my little sisters. While I was definitely thrilled dwith the bike my stuffed animal was a large mouse with BIG ears. I had just finished reading  Charlotte’s Web by EB White,  so I named him Templeton in honor of the rat in the story. Templeton was my best friend, I told him all my worries and my secrets. I owned Templeton until my own kids were in high school, the the poor thing deteriorated, taking many of my juvenile secrets and fears with him.

2013-07-08-GabrieleGalimberti2Italian Photographer, Gabriele Galimberti photographed children from around the world with their most prized possession, their toys. In the article by Ben Machell from  The Times Magazine Gamlimberti said ”
“The richest children were more possessive. At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them,” says the Italian, who would often join in with a child’s games before arranging the toys and taking the photograph. “In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.”
When I was looking through the photographs I was surprised to see that the child from Texas did not have as many toys as I thought he would. I guess I thought Americans are usually portrayed as excessively wealthy and unduly indulgent . It was good to see us  not being portrayed as such.

You can go to http://www.gabrielegalimberti.com/projects-2/toys-2/ and check out not only the photos but the article by Ben Machall. It is worth your time.

Bethsaida was born in Port-au-Prince where she has always lived in a house with her family since, almost 2 years ago, a big earthquake distroyed it. Her parents are both deaf but fortunately she’s not. Now they live in a camp site out of the city. The camp was built from an american NGO which works with deaf, so in the camps almost 90% of the people can’t hear and talk. All the toys that Bethsaida has are donated from the NGO. She wants to be a hairdresser and loves combing her doll to practice, but unfortunately her brother has cut off half of the hair of the doll.

Bethsaida was born in Port-au-Prince where she has always lived in a house with her family since, almost 2 years ago, a big earthquake distroyed it. Her parents are both deaf but fortunately she’s not. Now they live in a camp site out of the city. The camp was built from an american NGO which works with deaf, so in the camps almost 90% of the people can’t hear and talk. All the toys that Bethsaida has are donated from the NGO. She wants to be a hairdresser and loves combing her doll to practice, but unfortunately her brother has cut off half of the hair of the doll.

Orly was born in Browsville from a Mexican mother and American father. He has never been in Mexico, 2 miles south of his house and his mother hopes that he will never go there because, she says, it is a dangerous place. He loves dinosaurs. He says that those that fly over his bed protect him from ghosts and from the mexican people that might kidnap him.

Orly was born in Browsville from a Mexican mother and American father.
He has never been in Mexico, 2 miles south of his house and his mother hopes that he will never go there because, she says, it is a dangerous place.
He loves dinosaurs. He says that those that fly over his bed protect him from ghosts and from the mexican people that might kidnap him.

Lucas lives with his parents and his sister in a big house in the east part of Sydney, Australia. The first toy that his father gave to him two years ago is a little train. Since that moment Lucas loves little trains and He has a lot of them. His favourite one is the one made of wood. He always plays with that and he says that his dream is to work in the subway of Sydney.

Lucas lives with his parents and his sister in a big house in the east part of Sydney, Australia. The first toy that his father gave to him two years ago is a little train.
Since that moment Lucas loves little trains and He has a lot of them. His favourite one is the one made of wood. He always plays with that and he says that his dream is to work in the subway of Sydney.