Rediscover past childhoods as Miami Beach celebrates its 37th Art Deco Weekend, Jan. 17-19, 2014, by spotlighting the toys and characters of the Art Deco era.
The three-day event has been going on since 1976, when the Miami Design Preservation League created the weekend to attract visitors to Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District and to raise awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture of the Art Deco era, which occurred roughly from 1925 to 1945.
This year’s celebration recalls a time when Shirley Temple danced and sang her way into our hearts, Mickey Mouse debuted as Steamboat Willie, and Yo-Yos made their way to America. The Art Deco era also saw the birth of longtime classic board games, such as Scrabble and Monopoly, and Mahjong and Domino tiles were made of the new, unbreakable plastic called Bakelite. Children claimed the Rubber Duck as their favorite bath toy, Girl Scouts started selling their cookies door-to-door, and Superman leapt his first building in a single bound. Future architects used brand new Legos and Lincoln Logs to design and build their first structural creations.
A series of lectures, films, tours, exhibits and other fun stuff is planned, with a street festival occurring every day along Ocean Drive.
For a full lineup of events: http://www.artdecoweekend.com/