Monday Classic: Tinkerpins: a spectacular Tinkertoy

Most of us know Tinkertoys as the iconic peg-and-spool building sets. The Toy Tinkers company of Evanston, Illinois created many other extraordinary playthings, mostly comprised of wood and steel parts.  

From the collection, an early, massive (over 4-1/2 feet long!) tabletop game patented in 1916 and fitted inside a miniscule 30” box: Tinkerpins: “It’s Skill that Wins.” Players endeavor to knock over as many tilting metal pins as possible on both ramps.

Look for more classic Tinkertoys photos and history in Wednesday’s Playful Plans Journal!