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Column about iconic toy store triggers a flood of memories from readers

Arthur's Toy Shop No. 2 at Blackstone and Simpson avenues.
Arthur's Toy Shop No. 2 at Blackstone and Simpson avenues.

Earlier this week, “Ask Me” columnist Paula Lloyd wrote about Arthur’s Toys, an iconic store in Fresno. It unleashed a flood of memories for readers.

“OMG ... it was heaven going there!” Marla Poulsen-Reisman posted on Facebook.

“Now that was a real toy store,” Keith Ross said in another post. “I remember the elaborate displays. I would go in there to buy my Lionel train parts. I was able to buy any separate piece I needed.”

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Opened in 1944, the original Arthur’s Toys was located at 915 Broadway and grew to become the “largest individual toy outlet in California.”

And whether it was buying a special toy, getting some sporting equipment or just the experience, lots of people remember it fondly.

Some more memories, via Facebook:

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Robert Rodriguez: 559-441-6327, @FresnoBeeBob

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