Set of construction toys made of wood and containing red rods, green slats and unpainted spools, one hundred pieces in total. Held in a red, white and blue container with the words "Tinkertoys, wonder builders, contains 100 pieces" surrounded by images of possible structures. Bottom reads "Spaulding, sets the Pace in Sports."
WONDER/TINKERTOY/BUILDER; THE TOY TINKERS. EVANSTON, ILL. USA/DIVISION OF A. G. SPAULDING & BROS. INC.
This set of Tinkertoys was used by a child in the 1950s and 1960s who later donated them to the Chicago History Museum.
Chicago was home to the nation's leading toy manufactures throughout the 20th century. Tinkertoys were designed by Charles H. Pajeau after he reportedly saw children playing with pencils and empty spools of thread and mimicked those shapes to create his popular construction toy. After Pajeau's death in 1952, the A.G. Spaulding Company distributed Tinkertoys, which were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. Tinkertoys, later licensed by Hasbro, remained popular into the 21st century.