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ABC Blocks

Object Name: Alphabet blocks
Date: ca. 1883
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Medium: Wood, paper
Dimensions: Container (box): 1 1/2 x 8 7/8 x 10 in. (3.8 x 22.5 x 25.4 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: "ABC Blocks" alphabet blocks with twenty paper covered wooden blocks in a wood box with a sliding lid with an applied paper label; label chromolithographed with an image of a clown showing a little girl a box of "ABC BLOCKS" in a parlor; label inscibed, "ABC/ J.H.S./ NEW YORK/ No. 2/ ABC/ BLOCKS/ J. H. SINGER"; one side of each block chromolithographed with a letter and a corresponding action or object such as "AIM" for "A", reverse of the blocks are six puzzles representing Uncle Sam, Santa Claus, a soldier, a man playng clarinet, a man playing mandolin and a fat man; sides of blocks have soldiers and bricks.
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.244
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