Saturday, 11 December 2010

Vintage Bricks

Firstly, apologies posting is rather sporadic to say the least at the mo.  I'm trying to slow down and simplify and sadly this little space in cyberworld is the first thing I have to drop when things get a bit hectic.

But I had to pop on and show you this little gem I uncovered at the school Christmas Bazaar last weekend.  In amongst the mountain of plastic toys and dog-eared books at the toy stall I found this.

And my heart skipped a beat.

Little building bricks (I think from the late 40's as the lid says 'Made in the U.S Zone of Germany'.  Anyone know the significance of this?), all printed with designs and packed into this little wooden box.

At first I thought it would just be me who was smitten, but Yoyo has been found playing with them a couple of times this week.  That's my girl.  (Although to be fair she was spied shortly afterwards coveting JLS dolls on the internet - I won't lie to you!)

Just look at that lid - with the little 'stanley' dog.  Looks like something Cath Kidston would reproduce and charge £20 for.  But I paid 50p.   And it was the best 50p I spent last week.


  1. Wow - what a find! Gorgeous. I know what you mean about not finding time to post. I've written a hundred things in my head but can't seem to find the time at the moment!

  2. What a fabulous find Anna.. and for 50p.
    Magical.. I love those old wooden toys.
    As for the marking, did a bit of digging..
    Immediately after WWII, Germany was divided in 4 occupied zones. The US, UK and French zones later became West Germany, and the Russian zone.. East Germany.
    The stamp arose because the US restricted all manufacturing in their part of Germany and exports were only allowed if labelled that way.. hence 'Made in US zone - Germany. It was probably made in 1946/7.
    After that the system changed.
    Jo xx

  3. What a truly wonderful find! And what a bargain! Well done!

  4. Thanks all :)

    And thanks Jo for the research!

  5. Gorgeous, I'm green with envy!
    I have bent over backwards to provide quality crafts for the kidlets these holidays. They indulge me fro 5-10 mins and then go back to playing the Wii!



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