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♛The Details

An amazing original set of children's nesting storybook blocks that I found in a barn in the Columbia River Gorge. Charm galore! The set includes 9 illustrated blocks crafted of heavy cardboard.

From largest block to smallest: Little Black Sambo, The Three Little Kittens, Peter Rabbit, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, the Little Red Hen, and Hansel and Gretel. The set also includes its original storage box, which features another illustration of Little Black Sambo, although the box is in poor condition.

The set is dated 1939, made in the USA by Sam Gabriel & Sons, New York, NY.

Of course, the illustrations are lavish with the kind of color and appeal you'd expect to find from the 1930s.

Set nests neatly in its box when not in use.

I could not find this set ANYWHERE on the Internet. If you love old children's storybooks or toys, you will love this.

♛The Measurements

The largest block (Little Black Sambo) measures 6" x 6" x 6" square. The smallest block measures 2" x 2" x 5". They can stack together into a very tall tower!

♛The Condition

Good vintage, far from perfect, lots of shabby charm acquired with age. Sold as-is. All blocks are present and functional. The colors are vivid and the illustrations clear. Along the way, someone repaired/reinforced most of the edges of the blocks with cellophane tape. It's noticeable up close, but they still display very well. Original box is included, although in poor shape. Note: these are not sturdy enough to play with as toys (in my opinion), but make visually appealing display pieces.

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Vintage 30s Children's Storybook Nesting Blocks - 1930s Little Black Sambo and More Novelty Picture Blocks Toy


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: cardboard
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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