Many Winnipeggers, young and old, visited the Eaton’s fairy tale vignettes as part of their Christmas tradition. Although the flagship downtown store is long gone, people have still been able to view the display at the Children’s Museum since 1999.
The display feature scenes from 15 classic storybooks — from Sleeping Beauty to Cinderella, from Three Blind Mice to Hansel and Gretel. There are 300 pieces in total.
The vignettes have been a Winnipeg holiday tradition for more than 40 years, but the exact age of the pieces is unknown. They were on display in the Eaton’s ninth-floor annex before being acquired by the museum. Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent on relocating, restoring and refurbishing the vignettes.
The moving pieces, made from papier-mâché and fabric, and painted backdrops are accompanied by written versions of the stories.
They are on display until Jan. 4.
Mike Deal started freelancing for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1997. Three years later, he landed a part-time job as a night photo desk editor.