“La Esquina”, Museum of Popular Mexican Toys in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

Miguel Angel Victoria Fotógrafo

“La Esquina”, Museum of Popular Mexican Toys, represents the Foundation for Conservation of The Juguete Popular Mexicano AC, is one of the museums in Latin America that specializes in permanently displaying approximately three thousand craft handmade toys in four permanent galleries and one temporary, highlighting its artistic qualities as an expression of creativity and cultural diversity.
The collection Angelica Tijerina, the basis of the collection represents the work of more than fifty years of collecting pottery, paper, wood, vegetable fibers, metalwork, textiles and other commodities and branches of national handicraft production, with them It shows the cultural richness of Mexican toys all around Mexico, full of creativity, color, wit, identity and sense of fun and festive folk traditions.

The teacher Angelica Tijerina of Perez Salinas, has a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, she is currently the President of the Foundation for the Conservation of Juguete Popular Mexicano A.C. and Director of La Esquina Museum of the Popular Mexican Toy. She is also author of the books: “Las aristas del sueño”, “Hojas de mas” and “Disolvencias”. As a full- time collector, she devotes all her energy to promoting artists’ work by spreading their art work and promoting public recognition for the Mexican toy.
The craftsmen that exhibit their work at the Museum have been specially selected by the quality of their toys, representatives of their regions and masters of the techniques and materials that give them identity : Luis Acuña is a man who picks up cardboard in the streets, Rogelio Cruz makes miniature figures in openwork wood, Guillermo Trejo invents with ingenious mechanisms , wooden games for the delight of children and adults, Martin Estrada uses tins to create carts, tricycles or colored trumpets with aniline.
Let’s go tinker the toys with our eyes

The wind on our face and the tricycle at full speed, we were in the village with my dad and sisters, the large schoolyard allowed us to run around and ride until we were out of sight, turning into the hut from where we returned to with dusty socks and our skirts flying…

The wind on our face and the tricycle at full speed, we were in the village with my dad and sisters, the large schoolyard allowed us to run around and ride until we were out of sight, turning into the hut from where we returned to with dusty socks and our skirts flying…
That sense of freedom and freshness I enjoy year after year with the arrival of marvelous toys made by artisans for the contest. It is a creative surge for the environment of the popular Mexican folk toy that our dear friends succeed to make with their hands, using materials from their environment: they transform wood chips into cars and trucks with miniature passengers, Ferris wheels, horses and their riders juggling, poise and distinction in the figures. Natural fibers intertwine with dreams turning them into trains and planes that will soon undertake flight, wool fabrics and rayon cloths become beautiful dolls. Musical instruments, waiting for the musicians, cookware made out of clay decorate tin stoves or wood oven. And the tamale sellers or gas suppliers are made into tiny figures and let you play imitating the world and the village chores.

World of realities made into a game, pick up the pace to reach the adult world riding on a stick with a horse head made out of cardboard and the fresh smell of paste.

World of realities made into a game, pick up the pace to reach the adult world riding on a stick with a horse head made out of cardboard and the fresh smell of paste. Play and keep playing, developing those pieces that become the exhibit for the fifth contest of the Popular Mexican Toy.
Thanks to the efforts of our craftsmen today we can share with you the warmth and devotion of artisans who make toys in Mexico, welcome to the village, villages of Mexico represented from Chihuahua to Yucatan the pedaling of our friends, artisans, have come to the park Guanajuato Bicentennial and the museum of the Popular Mexican toy, where this pair of parallel exhibits contain the winners and are selected in this issue.

Teacher Angélica Tijerina

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"The corner", Museum of the Popular toy in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
“The corner”, Museum of the Popular toy in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

How this Virtual Tour was made

The equipment used to perform virtual tour are the following:

  • Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
  • Lens Sigma 8 mm Fisheye
  • Nodal Ninja NN4 Tripod Head
  • Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Remote Switch

The software processing of the image was

  • Lightroom to process RAW files
  • PTGui for stitching images
  • Photoshop general and local settings
  • PanoTour Pro for generating virtual tour
There are times when you photograph of what you see, but sometimes photograph what you discover. It was a very pleasant surprise to visit the Museum of Mexican Folk Toy, where you find wonderful work of Mexican artisans who have specialized in the production of toys. Perhaps one of the biggest challenges that I had with this virtual tour was that almost all the pieces on display are inside furniture with glass windows and light reflections can be a problem for both the high contrast and for the toys to be shot with clarity.

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