I am an Artist/Illustrator, trained at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, and my studio in Solvang was a school for all ages.
I particularly enjoyed working with children, and yes I did teach them how to make their own toy theaters. The older students made theater set designs.
Our home for the past 25 years was Solvang, California (the Danish capitol of America), but now we have retired and moved to the little town of Buellton just 3 miles west of Solvang.
Well, I got started, and he helped me by giving me some of his extra sheets. We then ordered more from Denmark and the collection grew! Then about 2 years ago he began battling Leukemia, and he slowly faded out of all his past interests. I kept eyeing the little shed, as his sons began clearing out stuff so they could move in.
So one day I asked what was to happen with his theaters, and he replied "oh they will probably go to the dump, for the boys don't care about that stuff, and my wife just calls them "paper dolls". I couldn't ask for such a gift, so I offered to buy the collection for a small price, and to promise him they would be cared for. You know he told me he offered the collection to Solvang's Danish Museum, and they refused the offer! How stupid can people get? The most Danish thing in the town, and they said they didn't have room for it. Oh well, we know where they belong, don't we?
About the theaters I have; there are 2 more like mine, one is expertly
mounted and built with an ornate paneled base that has Poul Palmer's
initials painted on each side, the second has been salvaged and is only
the front, then I believe I have one or two mint Sheets. I have a completed
"A" size one with a drawer full of sets in its base. It has a very nice
curtain crank made of wood, as do all of Poul's. He was an expert Ship
Modeller as well and made some fine pulleys for the curtains. Then I have
an Italian theater with a number of sets, and a Urantia theater.
I have a Tivoli Theater with all sets and figures that I built,
and last but not least 2 large wood theaters of my own design that I like
to think of as "The Super Model Theater Sound Stage"! This
one I have been developing since I first saw Poul's theaters. It is a new
generation theater for dimensional sets and figures. Many of
the sets, and figures that I have are perfectly mounted, cut, and many
with stand blocks. A large number are mounted but not yet cut, and then
I have about an inch thick stack of sheets. All in all, a mountain of work
to be done and sorted out.
The Dracula set is my work from scratch, and of course
it is in one of my Super Theaters! But that's only if I pressed
the right buttons!