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Children's toy nesting blocks, lithographed paper on wood, made in Western Germany, set of five stacking blocks

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A set of five colorful children's toy nesting blocks, each with a different lithographed scene on every side, printed on paper and covering thin plywood. One block is marked "Made in Western Germany" and many of the illustrations have an artist's signature of "WV" or "VW."

The largest block is covered with fun animals: a duck with umbrella, monkey, deer, bunny with egg and daffodils, and a fanciful hedgehog wearing wooden shoes and smoking a curved pipe!

Other blocks feature themes of fruit, insects, and flowers. The smallest block is a solid wooden cube with toys: a die, soccer ball, horn, watering can, top, and kite.

The paper is in great shape, with just minor wrinkling or rubbing. The blocks appear to not have been played with.

Judging from the style of the illustrations I would have guessed this set dated from the 1960s, but I have seen similar examples described as being from the 1940s. The use of the term "Western Germany" points to a date perhaps in the early 1950s. The Detroit Historical Museum has a set with some of the very same drawings (including the funky hedgehog!) that they are dating to the 1930s. I guess the West Germans were way ahead of the US in children's illustration styles!

A great find, especially in this condition, these whimsical blocks would look great in a kids room or on a bookshelf. Or add them to your Easter display!

Largest block: 2-5/8 inches square (6.67 cm)
Smallest block: 1-1/8 inch square (2.86 cm)

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Children's toy nesting blocks, lithographed paper on wood, made in Western Germany, set of five stacking blocks


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: lithographed paper, plywood
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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