Anchor Blocks New Series.
ANCHOR BUILDING BLOCKS)
Germany. Richters Anker-Steinbaukasten. No date. Ca. 1894.
Staple-bound booklet 13 ½ x 9 ½ inches, 16 pages. Full page color illustrations depicting eight structures (two views of each) that can be built from a box of "Anchor Blocks No. 26A New Series." Letters of the alphabet are posted along the periphery of the buildings illustrated, presumably as a tool for identification of "Anchor Block" components—but perhaps with some other objective intended. In addition to the buildings, various persons engaged in everyday activities and clothed in the fashions of the late 19th century are depicted. The only vehicles shown are horse-drawn, reinforcing an 1890s date of publication. Also included with the booklet is a sheet of folded paper, opening to 15 x 11 inches, featuring a color diagram depicting the proper placement of "Anchor Blocks No.26A" in the storage box designed to hold them. Blocks are in three different colors: grey, light brown, and crayola yellow. They are numbered so as to distinguish the various sizes. Some of the numerals may be prefaced by the letter "D". The box likely contains several hundred blocks. The portfolio of illustrations and the diagram of block placement are both in excellent clean conditon. An excellent web site with extensive discussion and further links regarding "Anchor Blocks" can be accessed at ankerstein dot org. Item #54245