The Boston Globe — Monday, April 22, 1963
Calling on the
Lawyer's 3000 Toys
Fill 18 Office Shelves
By TED ASHBY
SALEM — Atty, Hyman Marcus has an unusual history of
United States — 3000 antique toys.
Schoolteachers and their
pupils come to his office at 214 Essex st., in which there are 18 shelves
filled with visual education. He serves chocolate milk and cookies.
"I also have some of the
modern toys that ultimately will become collectors items."
Twenty-five years ago,
lawyer Marcus went to a junk yard to interview a client. There he saw some
of the toys he played with as a child.
"At that time, no one
else was buying old toys. I asked other junk dealers to set them aside for
me. They did so. Of course the price went up, because they had a buyer. Ten
years later, many more were collecting."
Marcus, who has practiced
law in the same office 35 years, and is a specialist in trial work, has
never sold a toy.
"Some borrow setups of my
toys representing a certain period in America's history. Even doll furniture
depicts the living of the times."
An iron three-horse fire
steamer reminds him that, as a boy, he went to the fire station after a run
to help wash down the perspiring steeds.
"As interior decorators
realized some of the oldtime playthings made attractive home pieces, antique
dealers started loading up with them."
He grew up in the
atmosphere of Americana. Hyman's mother, Mrs. Sarah Marcus, still operates
the antiques shop at 25 Lynde st. started 40 years ago by his father, Nathan
A brother, David, who has
a shop at Marblehead, is recognized an outstanding authority on antiques.
(Item: Lawyer Marcus also
has an extraordinary collection of toy banks.)