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FACTORY TOWN

PEDAGOGICAL PROJECT (AVANT-GARDE, CZECH MODERNIST.) Sutnar, Ladislav. Original set of woodblocks for Build the Town. 30 pieces [complete], small wooden building blocks, cones, and triangles painted in red, blue, and yellow, some paint chipping, some a bit soiled. [New York, circa 1942] One of a handful of surviving prototypes; from the Sutnar family collection. Estimate: […]

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PEDAGOGICAL PROJECT (AVANT-GARDE, CZECH MODERNIST.) Sutnar, Ladislav. Original set of woodblocks for Build the Town. 30 pieces [complete], small wooden building blocks, cones, and triangles painted in red, blue, and yellow, some paint chipping, some a bit soiled. [New York, circa 1942] One of a handful of surviving prototypes; from the Sutnar family collection. Estimate: $7,000.00-10,000.00.

Ladislav Sutnar began his career in his native Czechoslovakia as a toy designer and educator. Between 1922 and 1926 he created Factory Town, a set of children’s blocks designed as an educational toy in the spirit of Friedrich Froebel’s blocks. After emigrating to the states, he tried in earnest to find a manufacturer for the set which he re-named less grimly Build the Town. This is one of only a few prototypes created, entirely at Sutnar’s expense, with the hope that the company Cobos/Builders would produce the set, but it was not to be realized. Another major impediment came from lumber companies that could not stop wartime orders to produce the wooden blocks. Despite his best efforts, Sutnar was forced to abandon the project. Build the Town represents an inventive attempt by Sutnar to introduce children to the basic forms, vibrant primary colors, and the creative freedom of design. [source: Swann Galleries, eBay]

BORING & NON-OFFENSIVE

These remind me of the boring & non-offensive awesome WACTAC t-shirt. MORE: Retro Kid & Retro Teen pools on flickr Your Children’s Manners by Rhoda W. Bacmeister, 1952. Illustrated by Janet LaSalle. When Children Start Dating by Edith G. Neisser, 1951. Illustrated by Janet LaSalle. [source: wardomatic's photoset on flickr]

TONI BASIL rare A&M single – “Breakaway” Promo

Above: This is Toni Basil’s excellent and very rare 1966 single on A & M. The A-side is “Breakaway”, a soulful dancer that was the title track to a short film Toni starred in. The B-side is a terrific, moody piece called “I’m 28″, written by Graham Gouldman. The disc’s condition is about VG-, with […]

Breakaway
Above: This is Toni Basil’s excellent and very rare 1966 single on A & M. The A-side is “Breakaway”, a soulful dancer that was the title track to a short film Toni starred in. The B-side is a terrific, moody piece called “I’m 28″, written by Graham Gouldman. The disc’s condition is about VG-, with some light marks, and some wear to the labels. Happy bidding and good luck. [ebay]

Breakaway (1966) by Bruce Conner, with (you’re so fine you blow my mind) Antonia Christina Basilotta.

Also: Mea Culpa, a previously unreleased Bruce Conner film made for Brian Eno and David Byrne’s 1981 album, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

2000 BC THE BRUCE CONNER STORY PART II [WAC]