Offered for sale are Two Tinker Toy Playsets from 1940 and 1941. There is a total of 285 Tinkertoy Pieces which is only several pieces short of two complete sets. The two original containers were are not included when they were purchased. Also included is an Order Form, an extremely rare 1941 Tinkertoy Tricks Pamphlet, and a 1940 Tinkertoy Wonder Builder Pamphlet. The Tinkertoy Pieces in the photo are just a sampling of the 285 Tinkertoy Pieces. Listed below are the descriptions of the Pamphlets and the number of each piece of the Tinkertoys:
1. The Pieces: 58 Red Enamel Spools---23 Windblades---11 Wheels---4 Crank Wheels---3 Bearings---2 Step Pulleys---4 Pulley Small---2 Pulleys Large---4 Smaller Pulleys---2 Large Buttons---4 Small Buttons---2 Tight Pulleys---12 Windblade Holders---8 Long Bearings---4 Cross Bearings---3 Pointed Sticks---24 Number One Sticks---28 Number Two Sticks---28 Number Three Sticks---26 Number Four Sticks---31 Number Five Sticks---2 Rubber Band Belt Tightener Sticks.
2. A Correction and Order Form Pamphlet measuring 5½” x 8½”. **Condition: Good condition, very clean; There are three tiny tears, one along the top edge and two along the left edge.
3. Tinkertoys Tricks Pamphlet copyrighted 1941 by Toy Tinkers, Inc., of Evanston, Illinois. The pamphlet shows a variety of tricks, games, puzzles, and amusements that can be made from every Tinkertoy Set made. Shown are a total of 21 tricks that most any child or adult can perform. This pamphlet measures 8½” x 24½”. **Condition: Good condition, very clean; The pamphlet has some tiny and small tears along the edges. There are also some fold and crease marks.
4. Tinkertoy---The Wonder Builder Pamphlet copyrighted in 1940 by Toy Tinkers, Inc., of Evanston, Illinois. Most all single and combined sets of Tinkertoys can make a thousand and more moving and still models. This pamphlet shows a total of 34 challenging contraptions for both youngsters and mature tinkers to put together. **Condition: Good condition, very clean. The pamphlet has light edge wear, a few tiny to small tears along the edges, and some fold and crease marks.
*A little history about the Toy Tinkers Company. In 1913 Charles Pajeau and Robert Pettit came up with the idea of Tinkertoys when they saw children playing with empty spools of thread and sticks and trying to make all kinds of designs. They put together and created Tinkertoys in their garage in Evanston, Illinois, and in 1914 they showed their new toy off at the 1914 American Toy Fair. The new toy found little interest from toy companies at the Toy Fair. However, they rented a department store window in Chicago during Christmas of 1914. They hired several little people to play Santa's elves to play with Tinkertoys in the store’s window. The response from kids and their parents as they played with the toys was overwhelming and helped to launch the birth of the Tinkertoy, which has since sold tens of millions of sets all over the world. In 1998 Tinkertoys were inducted into The National Toy Hall of Fame.
Here's your chance to own an early edition of Tinkertoys and the very rare paper memorabilia that came with the sets. What a neat gift to give anyone who grew up in the 1930’s or 1940’s and played with these same Tinkertoys when they were little.
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