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The New Pretty Village.
McLoughlin Bros., New York 1897 - Original vintage toy. With large paper lay-out for the village (about 3' 11" x 1' 11"), seventeen numbered buildings, seventy-seven cardboard cut-outs to populate the village, all in original color box (about 14 3/4 x 20 1/4 inches). The original tin stands for the cut-outs are missing. Each house is made of cardboard with fiberoid tape and a separate roof; a few of the more complicated buildings come with an extra chimney or cupola. Each one is complete and in fine condition, though in a few cases, some of the tape has come loose. The cut-outs feature trees, shrubbery, fences, carriages, boats, various people and animals, all to populate the village. The box is somewhat worn, otherwise the set is in fine condition over all. McLoughlin, one of the leading childrens' book publishers and game-makers in the Nineteenth Century, apparently issued several variations of their "Pretty Village" game. This village is one of the largest towns with seventeen buildings (though the description on the interior of the top lid states there are sixteen buidlings), each corresponding to a space on the paper plan. Another variation is the design on the box which is a picture of a family playing with the Pretty Village set. It seems that most boxes had the front design in a horizontal lay-out whereas this copy has the picture vertically oriented.
      [Bookseller: Bartleby's Books, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2014-10-02           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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