Anne H. Lewis Tinker Toy collection
The Anne H. Lewis Tinker Toy collection is arranged into five series, one of which has been further divided into subseries. The collection is housed in two archival document boxes.
- 1914 - 2014
Conditions Governing Use
1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
The Toy Tinkers also produced wooden pull toys, beaded dolls, and games during the 1920s, but these toys were phased out in the 1930s in favor of the overwhelmingly popular original Tinkertoy. The construction sets soon added electric motors, cranks, and pulleys for budding engineers. During WWII, when other American toy companies faced restrictions on raw materials due to the war effort, Tinkertoy thrived.
Though the Toy Tinkers’ company was sold several times, Tinkertoy remained relatively unchanged for almost 80 years until Playskool added production of Tinkertoy sets in colorful plastic instead of the traditional wood. Tinkertoy was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.
The term “Tinkertoy” refers specifically to construction sets; “Tinker Toy” covers a range of toys produced by the Toy Tinkers.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Instruction sheets, 1914-1972
Subseries A: Original instruction sheets
Subseries B: Photocopied instruction sheets
Series II: Patents (photocopies), 1914-1943
Series III: Catalogs (photocopies), 1918-1967
Series IV: Advertisements and articles (photocopies), 1914-2001
Series V: Photographs and miscellaneous, 1917-2014
- Finding Aid to the Anne H. Lewis Tinker Toy Collection
- Julia Novakovic
- 18 September 2015
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA