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Paul Oehler collection

 Collection — Container: 01.0612 - Box 1
Identifier: 01.0612

Content Description

This collection relates to Paul Oehler who was a youth during World War II. This collection contains 8 cast iron and non-ferrous metal toy soldiers. They range in size from 2.25 inches to 3.75 inches tall. The figures include artillery and infantry soldiers performing various activities of service, such as carrying weapons and filming with a camera. The toys were purchased by the donor's parents in Ontario, Canada during the war and presented to Oehler.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1942-1943
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2001-12-05


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Paul Oehler was born on November 24, 1934 in Buffalo, New York. He was a child during World War II. His parents owned a summer home in Ontario, Canada where they would spend the summers. In 1942 or 1943, his parents purchased a set of toy soldiers in Ontario that demonstrate various war duties, such as carrying a variety of weapons. He used to play with them as a child during the war and conserved them until 2001. Oehler has lived in Athens, Ohio and Sitka, Alaska. He now lives in Carrabelle, Florida.


1 Linear Feet (1 flat box (12.5x9.5))

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was gifted by Paul Oehler.

Paul Oehler collection
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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