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- TOYS. MODERN PLAY-CRAFT: A Book of Things to Make and How to Make Them with a forward by P.B. Ballard and note by the artist Victor Hicks. no place [London]: New Era Publishing Co., no date, circa 1931. 4to (9 3/4 x 12 1/4"), Consisting of an 8 page booklet plus 72 pictorial sheets housed in the original pictorial board folder with ribbon ties and including the original cardboard outer box with label. All of the sheets are printed on one side only and contain instructions for constructing a variety of characters, toys and useful items. Every page features a large and fabulous color illustration in art deco style by Victor Hicks that is meant to be cut out and used in making the toy. Instructions and a picture of the finished model are also on the page. Sixteen of the models use more than one sheet for completion: there is a Shadow Show using 3 pages to construct the stage and the puppets; there is a Noah's Ark Frieze using 2 pages for the ark and the figures, the Village of Whimsy Whamsy uses 2 pages, etc. The remaining pages have illustrations for a variety of single subjects from nursery rhymes to the whimsical to educational. To name a few: Mister Mouses's House, Humpty Dumpty, Punch and Judy bookmarks, Princess Full Moon, A Modern Clock, Mary and Her Lamb, Abdul and Abdul the Acrobats, a Letter Holder and so much more. The illustrations are fantastic and to find this in such pristine condition is a miracle.
      [Bookseller: Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. - ABAA]
Last Found On: 2014-05-04           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


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