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Tiny Town Zoo

J.W. Spear & Söhne1910 (ca.)

German Games Archive, Nuremberg Municipal Museums

German Games Archive, Nuremberg Municipal Museums

1 craft set "The Tiny Town Train" for the English market, for crafting a zoo made of colored printed cardboard parts with wooden blocks, in original packaging. Contains rollable game plan with assembly instructions (numbered consecutively), fence parts, various zoo animals made of cardboard. Detailed assembly instructions in the lid.

Founded in the small town of Fürth, Germany at the end of the 19th century by Jacob Wolf Spear, J. W. Spear & Sons quickly developed into a global player in the gaming industry. Based in Nuremberg and Enfield near London, the company published international game classics such as The Flying Hats and Scrabble. During the 115 years of the company's history, numerous games, designs, prototypes and documents were stored in the company archives. When toy giant Mattel bought up the company in the 1990s, Francis Spear, great-grandson of the company founder, was able to save the valuable archive. He invited scholars and enthusiasts to his private Spear's Games Archive to study the collection which documents four generations of his family history and game history alike. In 2017, he donated the complete collection to the Deutsches Spielearchiv (German Games Archive) in Nuremberg. More than 2,000 games and documents of this traditional company have now found their new and permanent home there.

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  • Title: Tiny Town Zoo
  • Creator: J.W. Spear & Söhne
  • Date Created: 1910 (ca.)
  • Location: Nuremberg
  • Physical Dimensions: 41 cm x 64 cm x 5 cm
  • Type: Lithograph
  • Rights: Protected by copyright. Image credits: Nuremberg Municipal Museums, German Games Archive URL for copyright information: http://go.nuernberg.de/b067e748
  • Medium: cardboard, paper, wood, wood
  • Sammlung: Spear's Games Archive

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