Life with Leo

November 6, 2007

Tinkertoys

Filed under: Tinkertoys — Tags: , , — fehlhaber @ 11:27 pm

Tinker Toy Manual

We’ve been having a lot of fun with Tinkertoys lately. Leo got a set for his 4th birthday and it came at just the right time. Today I found an old “Direction and Idea Book” from 1959 (made by The Toy Tinkers, a Division of A.G. Spalding & Bros. Inc., Evanston, Illinois). The little drawings are hilarious. It tells you, in a humorous way, not to get them wet how you can fix them when they break.

I’ve got three different sets of instructions that I’m posting (each is four pages long — clicking on the images should give you a bigger-than-screensize image that you can build from).

I’ve just added PDFs for all these manuals.  If you enjoy them enough, why not  add a $1 or $2 to our “Tinkertoy Manual Fund” — we’ll post & scan new manuals as we find them!  Or maybe we’ll just buy an ice cream cone!

The full basic manual (and donation link) is below

http://leojames.blogspot.com/2007/11/vintage-tinkertoy-manual.html

The intermediate-level manual is here

http://leojames.blogspot.com/2008/12/tinkertoy-more-instruction-manuals-and.html

and the advanced manual is here

http://leojames.blogspot.com/2008/12/tinkertoy-more-instruction-manuals-and_31.html

(click on photos to link to larger images from the basic manual)

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