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Archival Anecdotes: Entertaining Pastimes


May 3, 2021

John Martin's Spool Zoo entered the entertainment world in 1931. Six animal illustrations were available and included a ready-to-cutout bear, zebra, lion, elephant and hippopotamus. Each animal was illustrated and printed in full color and required a spool of a different size, onto which the head and tail were glued.

We humans need a break from time to time. The constant barrage of information and emotion can be difficult. In the 21st century, we often equate a leisurely break with a dose of Netflix. A century prior however, people were finding exciting entertainment options through print media.

This week, I share two printed games that people of the early 20th century enjoyed.

Both of these 'games' were...

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