TinkerToy, est. 1914

TinkerToy History - Toy Tinkers Inc. - Evanston

Museum Artifact: TinkerToy Wonder Builder Set, 1929

Made By: The Toy Tinkers, Inc., 2012 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL

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4 thoughts on “TinkerToy, est. 1914

  1. I have several pieces as well as a fairly well deteriorated illustrated instruction manual of TinkerToys. What is unusual (to me at least) is that the “spars” are approximately 1/2″ SQUARE in section and the “hubs” are sheet metal disks with 1/2 moon shaped tabs that into slots cut in the ends of the spars.

    I would love any and information as I have been unable to locate any whatsoever.

  2. I have a set of tinker toys with the original container. It appears to be a replica of the set in the photo of the museum artifact. Is it worth keeping or ?

  3. Hope you’ll check with us at the Evanston History Center, we have a lot of documentation of Tinker Toys.

  4. We at Design Evanston have published two books about our architectural and design history that include references to TinkerToy.
    “Evanston: 150 Years 150 Places” featured the architecture. “Evanston’s Design Heritage” soon to be released, features the designer, Charles Pajeau.
    Happy to send pdfs of both via email.

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