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 The Humpty Dumpty Circus
Of Gene Metcalf


Presented for your viewing pleasure are photos of the Humpty Dumpty circus of Dr. Gene Metcalf, professor of American folk art at Miami University in Ohio. Gene teaches about American folk art and toys, and the phenomenon of collecting them. Gene once assembled a great collection of toy ray guns. His collection can be seen at He wrote a book about toy ray guns called RAYGUN. Years ago, he sold his collection to magician David Copperfield and now he collects the Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty circus.

Encouraged by us, Gene has taken an interest in photographing his collection for this Web site.

Enjoy his beautiful interpretation of his Humpty Dumpty circus.