Monday, January 18, 2010
The Swedish Marionette Theater in Central Park, New York, was originally built as a typical Swedish School house for display at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Park Designer Frederick Law Olmstead had the cottage moved from Philadelphia to the park where it served for a time as a tool house before becoming the Marionette Theater. I am trying no to determine whether Otto Salomon's Sloyd models were part of the exhibit shown in the school house when it was in Philadelphia. If so, it would prove that both Educational Sloyd and Victor Della Vos' Russian system were introduced to an American audience in the same year, 1876.