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Self locking building bricks

Building Bricks
ca. 1947 (designed), 1950-1955 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Kiddicraft self locking building bricks, moulded plastic, and instruction book. Bricks are of moulded plastic, in blue, red, yellow, green and white and sized as half bricks and whole bricks. They are moulded with 4 or 8 small knobs on the top surface, a slit down two opposing sides (to hold door and window frames), and each brick has Kiddicraft with a different number inside.


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Materials and techniques
Plastic
Brief description
Building bricks, Kiddicraft, England, 1950-1955
Physical description
Kiddicraft self locking building bricks, moulded plastic, and instruction book. Bricks are of moulded plastic, in blue, red, yellow, green and white and sized as half bricks and whole bricks. They are moulded with 4 or 8 small knobs on the top surface, a slit down two opposing sides (to hold door and window frames), and each brick has Kiddicraft with a different number inside.
Dimensions
  • Half brick length: 1.25in
  • Whole brick length: 2.5in
  • Brick width: 1.25in
  • Brick depth: 0.875in
  • Doors height: 3in
  • Doors width: 1.375in
  • Windows, minimum height: 1.5in
  • Windows, minimum width: 1.375in
  • Windows, maximum height: 2.5in
  • Windows, maximum width: 1.5in
taken from register
Marks and inscriptions
SELF LOCKING BUILDING BRICKS / A KIDDICRAFT 'SENSIBLE' TOY / DESIGNED BY / HILARY PAGE / MADE IN ENGLAND (Inside the whole bricks)
Gallery label
28. BUILDING BRICKS: SELF-LOCKING BRICKS Made by Kiddicraft Ltd., Great Britain, about 1947 Plastic Given by Professor and Mrs. R Naylor Misc.784:2 to 75-1992 In the 1930s Hilary Page of Kiddicraft introduced the Interlocking Building Cube as part of a range of 'sensible' toys made from plastic. At the outset a special company was formed to produce it, as experimentation with plastic toys was considered by his co-directors to be too much of a business risk. Lego, which came later (1950s), worked on a similar principle but contained smaller tubes which increased the stability of the structure.
Credit line
Given by Prof. and Mrs P. Taylor
Collection
Accession number
MISC.784:1 to 90-1992

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Record createdMarch 28, 2008
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