May 22, 2007

F Is For Fabulous: Vintage Wooden Sand Train By F. Linau, Hamburg

f-linau_sandtrain_form28.jpgIn 1964, Lieselotte Pee, the noted play and pedagogy expert and member of the Arbeitsausschusses Gutes Spielzeug [Good Toys Working Commitee], wrote an extensive article for Form Magazine about the state of toys and design. I have no idea what it says, and it's too annoying to cut and paste umlaut letters into Babelfish. I DO know that the pictures rock, though.

That Kurt Naef modular dollhouse featured last week came from this article. And there's a Naef peg people school bus and Naef blocks, too.

Naef's a known quantity, though. Who are these other folks? Like F. Linau, Hamburg, who made this remarkably simple train? Those scooped out shapes are awesome, but I can't find any mention of Herr [or Frau, I guess] Linau anywhere.

It didn't have wheels, so I thought it was a string of boats, but reading the caption, it's so obviously a Sandspiel Schleppzugg: a sand train. For schlepping around a sandbox, duh.

"Kinder Spielen," by Lieselotte Pee, Form Archive, Issue 28, 1964 []

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Until recently the German company Holz-Hoerz ( made a Sandschleppzug, but I don't see it on their website anymore. You can view their version here: though. Doesn't answer your question about Fab. F. Linau,

[I wonder if he was just the designer, not the company. Here's a pic I grabbed from the Holz-Hoerz pdf catalog, and it has the "Spiel Gut" seal from the same working committee. -ed.]

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