FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz, the huge New York toy shop, turns 150 years old this year. I've not been, but as I'm going to New York in a couple of weeks, I'm looking forward to a first visit.

The store was originally set up by Frederick August Otto Schwarz, and the FAO Schwarz website has a great quote by him on their history page:

I have made toys my life study. It is a splendid issue, and aside from the commercial question, there is more solid satisfaction in dealing with childhood playthings, and in knowing the joy one is sending out into the hearts of the little ones, than in selling any other commodity in the world.

That's enough to make anyone want to join the toy business.

Sadly, FAO Schwarz was bought out by Toys R Us a few years ago, and the New York flagship store is now the only one left.