The Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum in Cheshire, Connecticut houses the personal collection of Gloria and Herbert Barker, an assembling of almost 80,000 items that took over forty years to create. The Barkers were in a select group of people, back in the 1960s, who felt that the everyday items of childhood had a value for future generations, bringing back memories, or expressing a child’s life through the ordinary toys, lunchboxes, games and tools of common usage.
Since the museum opened to the public in September of 1997, it has welcomed everyone who visited, from local families to tourists from around the world, and almost everywhere in-between. The collection spans the years from 1873 to present day. Every generation will find favorite toys on display and historians can enjoy an unusual glimpse into styles and trends of the past. The museum attracts over 30,000 visitors each year.