Here are just some of the things I love about this illustration: 1) the children are playing nicely; 2) the boy is wearing a sailor suit; 3) the illustration is dated so we know exactly how old it is and 4) they are making something I like and have blogged about previously.
There's a drawer full of something called snowflake beads. Which look all the world to me like tinted pasta (they're not wooden), except I'm not sure tinted pasta would have lasted more than 70 years.
The bead set and all of these games and kits came from the auction Saturday. Lots of the toys were hobby kits and educational toys, which I love. Did you have Colorforms growing up? I l-o-v-e Colorforms.
And a leathercrafting kit, which apparently wasn't a big hit since it is pretty much untouched. The only thing keeping me from lacing up my very own leather key case with an embossed dog (see illustration in upper left) is the fact that I am still sorting Christmas ornaments. I have about 30 lots ready to photograph and list, but I am not quite halfway through them. I need elves to help.