Alphabet Blocks, Used by Edsel Ford, 1895-1900

Summary

By 1900, many American toy companies mass-produced wooden alphabet blocks with raised ornamentation and colorful printing. These blocks belonged to Henry and Clara Ford's son, Edsel. Along with letters, they feature images of animals with their names printed below. Words on the blocks encouraged children to think about letter sounds and spelling while they played.

By 1900, many American toy companies mass-produced wooden alphabet blocks with raised ornamentation and colorful printing. These blocks belonged to Henry and Clara Ford's son, Edsel. Along with letters, they feature images of animals with their names printed below. Words on the blocks encouraged children to think about letter sounds and spelling while they played.

Artifact

Alphabet block

Date Made

1895-1900

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

44.160.64

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant Material)

Color

Blue
Red
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Length: 1.375 in

Width: 1.375 in

Height: 1.375 in

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