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Tinkersand Pictures: Snow White Series

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In addition to Tinkertoy sets, The Toy Tinkers of Evanston offered several other products that reinforced the company’s commitment to making toys that encouraged playfulness, youthfulness, exploration, and education. By the late 1920s, the company introduced the Little Artist Tinker, a set of water-based paints and a dozen silhouette images to color. Tinkersand Pictures, available in 1936, supplied images to be decorated with colored sand glued in place to create pictures "more beautiful and effective than flat illustrations can show," the catalogue promised. Variations of the Tinkersand sets highlighted popular Disney characters and scenes from Disney’s 1937 "Snow White" movie. Other sets designed to develop kids’ artistic skills included Tinkerprints sets with crayons, and Tinker Spots, consisting of cards containing images outlined in black, which the youngest artists completed by applying little dots of colored paper. By 1947 the company had reverted to producing the one toy it made best--its Tinkertoy construction sets.

  • Manufacturer: Toy Tinkers
  • Material: cardboard | paint | sand | glass | metal | printed paper
  • Origin: Evanston, IL
  • Object ID: 114.5767
  • Credit Line: Gift of Anne Heuer Lewis
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