Fun with Scissors
Paper-covered box with chromolithograph lid, 13 x 10.5 x 1.75 inches. Contains 12 uncut sheets of colored paper (and 2 scraps), 7 patterns with silhouettes to cut out, a variety of die cut shapes, and a pair of scissors. First patented in 1906, this example has printed instructions or date, ca. early 1900s. Unusual lid illustration!
Milton Bradley began manufacturing materials for Froebel's gifts after becoming acquainted with Elizabeth Peabody, education advocate and founder of the first English language kindergarten, in the 1860s. Over the decades, Bradley's economic incentive broadened his enterprise to a range of arts and crafts supplies that became increasingly removed from the 20 original Froebel Gifts and Occupations. Based on Gift 13, paper cutting, "Fun with Scissors" is a good example of the company repackaging "Bradley's Kindergarten Materials," the educational craft supplies sold to schools, into a recreational novelty for home play.
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