Mel Birnkrant has spent a lifetime collecting cartoon character toys, starting with a Mickey Mouse that he discovered in a Paris flea market.
|Mel Birnkrant's Betty Boops|
His collection also includes Victorian paper theaters, marionettes, and vintage board games.
|Mel Birnkrant's geometric celluloid toys|
What makes the website really compelling is that he brings an artist's eye to the presentation. He assembles the figures into groupings, beautifully lit and photographed, as if they're gathered to look out from their world into ours. Some of the toys with action elements are presented on the website with slide-show animations.
|Mel Birnkrant's Little Nemo toys|
|Mel Birnkrant's Bonzo|
Mouse Heaven The Mel Birnkrant collection website
Archive.org free downloadable book of the collection (in 4 volumes): Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, and Volume 4