LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Toys with ties to Michigan such as a Daisy BB gun and Kellogg’s Pep collector buttons are on display at the Michigan Historical Museum.

The collection features toy cars, toy soldiers, a Lone Ranger hat, a Superman Krypto-Raygun and more from the 1940s.

The toys belonged to Joe Russell Sutter, who spent his childhood in Wakefield in the Upper Peninsula. Many of his toys were made in Michigan by companies such as Wyandotte Toys and the Daisy Manufacturing Co. of Plymouth.

Sutter joined the Navy and practiced law in San Diego before passing away in 1999.

His wife donated her late husband’s entire collection to the museum this year.

The mini-exhibit on the museum’s second floor can be visited through Jan. 8.

The Michigan Historical Museum is located at 702 W. Kalamazoo Street in Lansing, and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children 6-17 and free for children under 5-years-old. For more information, visit

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE