Toy butcher shops weren’t all that uncommon during the 19th century. These toys carried a high level of detail from the bloody meat hanging from real iron hooks to the sawdust and blood on the floor. Some are speculated to not have been made as toys at all, but mini displays for store fronts so customers would know what the shop owner had in stock.
Image 1: Toy butcher shop from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London c. 1850-1860.
Image 2: Toy butcher shop 1840 from the 1969 book “The World of Toys” by Robert Culff
Image 3: Model butcher shop c. 1900 made by German toy maker Christian Hacker from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
The Borderland was a quarterly magazine, founded and edited by William Thomas Stead in 1893, as a medium to further his growing interest in spiritualism and psychial research. As his assistant editor, He employed Ada Goodrich Freer, a medium, psychic researcher and member of the Society of Psychial Research, which author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was also member. She contributed greatly to the magazine under the pseudonym, “Miss X”. Stead also claimed that they would often communicate through telepathy and automatic writing. On October 1897, the magazine ceased publication, perhaps due to the Society of Psychial Research’s criticism and dismissal of Freer of her work at the Ballechin House in Scotland.
“Set of twenty picture puzzle blocks with Palmer Cox’s "Brownies” or elves on each of the six puzzles; puzzles include “Snowballing”, Brownies having a snowball fight in a park, “Skating” with brownies skating on a pond with one who has fallen through the ice and a building in the background flying a Japanese flag, “Hauling the Yule Log” with brownies hauling trees on sleds, “The Dance” with brownies dancing in pairs and groups to a brownie band, “Blindman’s Bluff” with brownies blindfolding and chasing each other and “The Christmas Dinner” with two long tables of brownies eating, serving and carving a turkey; box cover lithographed with sixteen brownies playing on the inscribed title, “THE/ BROWNIE/ BLOCKS/ Manufactured/ by McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK/ COPYRIGHTED/ 1891/ by/ PALMER COX.”.
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