Parker Collection of Children's Games
Important Update July 2011 - At the present time access to this collection is closed to allow for preparation of stock in readiness for the move to the new Library of Birmingham in 2013. Find out more about the changes in Central Library
Some items in this collection of children's games from the last two centuries have recently been conserved and repackaged.
This project has been supported by MLA West Midlands: the regional council for Museums, Libraries and Archives.
Loco made by Chad Valley in Harborne is a railway journey game. There is a beautifully colourful board and three cast metal engines together with cardboard tickets.
Saucy Sybil and My Lady Betty
Saucy Sybiland My Lady Betty. Paper dolls have been popular with little girls for a long time and these are particularly fine examples.
Their costumes are those of a fashionable young girl in London in the 1890s.
Fancy Bazaar is a trading game. There are hand-coloured cards representing the stall holders and produce cards showing everything from cabbages to fancy goods.
The Golden Bottom of Trade
In The Golden Bottom of Trade, 12 figures, representing 6 necessary and 6 unnecessary businesses, are involved in a complicated game of dice throwing.
Lotto, also produced by "Chad Valley" at Harborne in about 1950, was sometimes known as 'House'.
The Little Flower-Maker
The Little Flower-Maker is a set of craft materials and illustrations for making flowers.
The Birds-Nest - a series of four jigsaws.
Royal Post Stationery Set
Royal Post Stationery Set - A set of letter sheets, envelopes and mourning cards in a shaped cardboard 'posting-box' container.
'Introduction to Heraldry' Card Game
'Introduction to Heraldry' Card Game - Cards for children with Heraldic symbols
Urania's Mirror an educational card pack designed to teach the constellations to children.
Peacock's Improved Double Dissection History and Geography Jigsaw - An educational jigsaw depicting, on the history side, scenes from Britain's past and, on the geography side, a map of Europe.
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