A new acquisition: A game that uses a magnet and a metallic wheel to show a letter that is indexed against sheets of code to predict(?). Perhaps the title on the box can be translated to provide guidance: Verborgener Gedanken Errathende Machine.
February 19, 2013
A curious object - a small wooden barrel housing a strip of linen printed with Alphabet rhymes.Circa 1880.
June 19, 2012
A paper toy from France that uses two wheels and a sliding strip to combine different facial features. "Gd. cirque des folies élastiques intermède des grimaces d'O'Gus'" (circa 1900?)
November 23, 2011
A set of a popular card game. This edition published around 1850 by S. Hart & Co. in Philadelphia. No rules included.
October 31, 2011
The Phenakistastcope or Magic Disc Edinburgh: Published by Forrester & Nichol, Lithographers, 10 George Street, & John Dunn, option 50 Hanover Square. [1832-1833]. A set of round prints for use in a phenakistiscope, an early device that took advantage of persistence of vision to show continuous motion, including several designed by Edward Sang, and published by the maker of optical instruments, John Dunn.
September 15, 2011