Blocks and building toys II

Here's a wonderful vintage block wagon from the '30's or '40's.

It was never meant to be (or used as) a pull toy... just a rolling two-layer forty-piece wonder.

The twenty blocks on the top layer flip between horse and cow figures. OK, I messed up the cow's block legs, making her a circus freak... Hey, it's late here on the East Coast

The second layer of blocks reveals a puppy

and something else on the verso... can I get some help here from fellow blockheads?

It's like a bunny, or an irradiated fish, or the creature from John Carpenter's The Thing...?

The box is exceptional, very sturdy, bright color. A few nails have split out over time

The forty blocks measure 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 3/4". The four figural images are painted over a pale (Carolina) blue or bright yellow base coat.

The wagon's two long sides are 1/4" x 2-1/4" x 9-3/8", framing the two short sides 1/4" x 1-3/4" x 7-1/8".

The 1/4" x 7-1/8" x 8-15/16" bottom piece is nailed from the long sides as are the short sides. There are fourteen nails securing the bottom piece and another eight nails securing the top edges of the short sides.

The rotating axles are 1/8" steel rod stock which pierce slightly larger bore holes in the side pieces. The 1-1/2" x 1/2" OD wheels are of the common manufactured type and are firmly centered into the axles.

Everything looks like solid wood.


Never copy... create your own design inspired by this wonderful vintage toy!





What a neat old set of blocks, I hope you will provide instructions for building this soon so I can make my own set, I am techno-challenged!