VillageHatShop.com has incredible scans (link no longer available) from R. Turner Wilcox’s The Mode in Hats and Headdress (1945). The set has 198 plates, including the ones above (right plate is from the book’s final chapter, 1940-1944; the book starts with the Ancient Egyptians).
Here are three well-designed toys:
- Castle Building Blocks (133 pieces), $139.00, Peter Dziulak at Mahar Drygoods. The most beautiful building block set I have ever seen.
- Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Set, $19.95, Oliebollen.com. Great idea, although some kids will turn the little parts into projectiles (or eat them). Know your child.
- My USA Puzzle Map, $45.00, Spoon Sisters. I love soft puzzles (they also have one for the solar system, with Pluto *sniff*). I also like how Maine, Vermont, etc. are just one big orange blob; being from the South, that’s how I think of them too.
Above is a Miro puzzle from the Reina Sofia museum shop. Some parts are too small (turning it upside down to scan was a nightmare), but I love the look.