"Manufaktur der Träume (3): Toys" Annaberg-Buchholz Travelogue by Kathrin_E
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Noah's Ark with pairs of animals of any species the maker could think of were popular toy sets. The ark served as box to keep the woodcarved animal figures in when the toy was not in use.
A big market for these toy sets was among the members of pious Christian circles. The children of pietists, Herrnhuters and such did not receive many toys. Worldly toys were frowned upon. Noah's Ark, however, is a biblical topic, hence allowed.
The zoological knowledge of the woodcarvers was limited and sometimes it takes a bit of imagination to guess what kind of animal a figure is supposed to depict.
Toy blocks were more sohisticated than the plain ones of my childhood. They had architectural elements painted on them so that a little architect could build castles and churches and townhouses and...
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