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Child's Toy Blocks Set ca. 1865-ca. 1870.

Publisher: approximately 1865-1870.
Edition/Format:   Object : Real object   Archival Material : English
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This child's set of blocks is titled Denman's Amusements for the Young. Parlor Monuments, to the Illustrious Dead. It was most likely produced in August 1865 and was manufactured by the firm of Oakley and Mason of New York. The storage box is made of wood, is painted green, and has a sliding cover decorated with a lithograph image of Justice above a pair of oval portraits of Lincoln and George Washington. The set  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Block
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln
Material Type: Real object
Document Type: Visual material, Archival Material
OCLC Number: 854877364
Notes: Parlor Monuments to the Illustrious Dead Denman's Amusements for the Young (New York: Oakley and Mason, 1865) A unique game for children produced not long after Lincoln's death, "Parlor Monuments to the Illustrious Dead" shows the increasing interest in public monuments during the 19th century. The game was "presented to the public, with the confident belief that it will prove a lasting blessing to those for whom it was prepared, by leading them to study the history, contemplate the characters, and emulate the virtues of the illustrious men to whom they can build appropriate monuments ..." It consists of twenty-four wooden blocks. The four sides of each block feature a different picture or group of words. When the blocks are put together in the correct fashion, the child can build five different monuments, "The Children's Monument to Abraham Lincoln," "The Freedman's Monument to Abraham Lincoln," "The National Monument to Abraham Lincoln," "The National Monument to George Washington," and "The Presidential Monument." Shown here is the configuration for "The Children's Monument to Abraham Lincoln." The only other known copy of this game is located in the Henry Horner Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Brown University Collection.
In the Presence of Abraham Lincoln, by Weldon Petz, page 84. Lincoln Herald vol. 47 Oct.-Dec. 1945, pp. 31-33.

Abstract:

This child's set of blocks is titled Denman's Amusements for the Young. Parlor Monuments, to the Illustrious Dead. It was most likely produced in August 1865 and was manufactured by the firm of Oakley and Mason of New York. The storage box is made of wood, is painted green, and has a sliding cover decorated with a lithograph image of Justice above a pair of oval portraits of Lincoln and George Washington. The set contains 24 wooden blocks decorated with patriotic images and words. The blocks can be assembled into three different monuments using an accompanying guide-sheet: the Children's Monument to Abraham Lincoln, the Freedman's Monument to Abraham Lincoln, and the National Monument to Abraham Lincoln. Each block is 2.25 inches high, 1 inch wide, and 1 inch deep. Only two sets are known to exist anywhere, and it is likely that only a small number were made. Copyright searches in New York for the period 1865-1880 have not revealed any information on this item. See notes for additional information.
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