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Architectural building blocks

Architectural building blocks
Creator: American Manufacturing Concern
Date: 1914
The American Manufacturing Concern in Jamestown, New York made these wooden building blocks. Alice Elizabeth Bouse (1912-2002) of Centralia, Kansas received the set as a Christmas gift in 1914.


Building blocks

Building blocks
Creator: F. Ad. Richter & Co.
Date: between 1880 and 1900
Richter's Anchor [Anker] Box Containing Building Stones. Box No. 13. Contains 259 cast stone building blocks in three colors. Also includes wooden box with sliding lid and lift-out tray and five instruction books and sheets. The F. Ad. Richter & Co. first produced Anker blocks in the factory in Rudolstadt, Germany in 1880. The blocks were very successful, thanks in part to Richter's aggressive and innovative marketing, and were soon sold across Europe and America.


Construction set

Construction set
Date: between 1880 and 1900
This set of wooden blocks was owned by Mary Josephine Patterson Hambleton (b. 1879) and later given to her son, Philip Newton Hambleton (1910-1991). They were used in Lincoln, Le Roy and Topeka, Kansas.


Construction set

Construction set
Creator: G.B. Lewis Company
Date: 1931
This set consists of wood pieces, and a book of objects you can build with the set. It was made by the G.B. Lewis Company in Watertown Wisconsin in 1931. They were primarily a lumber company and used that as a selling point.


Erector set

Erector set
Creator: A.C. Gilbert Company
Date: 1935
This erector set of steel and iron parts in a cardboard box was made in 1935. The Erector Set was created by A.C. Gilbert and marketed by him in 1913. William Kvicala received this set as a gift between 1936 and 1940. William grew up in Nortonville, Kansas.


Krazy Ikes construction set

Krazy Ikes construction set
Creator: Whitman Publishing Company
Date: between 1954 and 1965
A set of "Krazy Ikes" plastic construction pieces. This set was made between 1954 and 1965 by the Whitman Publishing Company, who began making boxed games and jigsaw puzzles in 1923.


Lincoln Logs

Lincoln Logs
Creator: Milton Bradley Company
Date: between 1970 and 1979
This is a set of Lincoln Logs in a cardboard container from the 1970s. The log cabin is one an images associated with Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln Logs first appeared in 1924. The inventor was inspired by the president's frontier past, particularly the log cabin from his childhood.


Tinker Toys

Tinker Toys
Creator: Toy Tinkers Inc.
Date: between 1920 and 1932
Wooden Tinker Toy set made between 1920 and 1932. William Kvicala received this set as a gift between 1936 and 1940. William grew up in Nortonville, Kansas.


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