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From Milton Bradley catalogue, 1889
(Internet Archive)


Advertising card, and newspaper advertisement
(Lester Smith)


Many strips were copied (by arrangement) by the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co., and it is possible that some of the strips shown below are reprints or versions by that company, or pirate copies by another firm.


Series No.1

RAINING PITCHFORKS


KICK HER UP

BASE BALL

OLD DOG TRAY


CHEWING GUM

HASH MACHINE

GYMNAST


KEEP THE BALL ROLLING


DONNYBROOK FAIR

JOHNNY JUMPER

JIG DANCERS

MAGIC OCEAN [OR: PORPOISES]


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Series No.2

1. FRENCH REVOLUTION


2. CORN FED


3. A FLY CATCH


4. STEEPLE CHASE


5. PROGRESS

6. CRUISE OF THE HENRIETTA


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Probably refers to the first trans-Atlantic yacht race, from Sandy Hook. 'The Henrietta arrived off the Needles, Isle of Wight, England at 5:45, P.M. Decr. 25th 1866; winning the race, and making the run in 13 days 22 hours, mean time. The Fleetwing arrived 8 hours afterwards and the Vesta 1 1/2 hours after the Fleetwing.' [text from a caption of a Currier & Ives print]. The Henrietta was owned owned by New York Herald publisher James Gordon Bennett.


7. A TIP TOP THING


8. ROLL A BOWL

9. JACK IN A BOX

10. STAR SPANGLED BANNER


11. RUNNING THE GAUNTLET


12. MOTHER GOOSE


Series No.3

1. WOOD CHOPPER

2. PERPETUAL MOTION

3. RINGS AND BALLS

4. VILLAGE BLACKSMITH

5. THE BADGERED CAT

6. HURDLE RACE

7. MR. BOW-HIS-HEAD-OFF

8. 2.40 HOGS

9. HANDSPRING A LA ARAB

10. MATERNAL AFFECTION

11. BARREL TRICK

12. CAPERS


Series No.4

All have titles, some also have strip no. and series no.
This irregularity suggests different editions, perhaps one by another maker.

1. LEAP FROG


2. STEAM ENGINE


3. EVIL ONE


4. WALTZING


5. JAPANESE TUMBLERS


6. BARREL TURNERS


7. WOOD SAWYERS


8. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST [this example labelled no.2]


9. SOAP BUBBLES


10. EDUCATED DONKEY


11. TOWN PUMP


12. HOBBY HORSES


Series No.5

TRAVELS OF BROTHER JONATHAN BY TELEGRAPH

PASS HIM ROUND

MODERN MAN OF THE MOON

TRAPEZE

MECHANICAL WHAT IS IT

MRS PARTINGTON AND HER DOG

INDIAN JUGGLER

WARM WORK FOR BLACKEY

WINDMILL AND BAG OF MEAL

THE MEDLEY

JOHN CHINAMAN AND HIS DOG

MOON-STRUCK


Series No.6

1. THE (IG) NOBLE ART

2. MEET ME BY MOONLIGHT


3. THE VELOCIPEDE

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This design originated in France, and represents the writer Adrien Marx. It was originally published by Le Figaro magazine.


4. THE OLD MILL

5. A PLAIN CASE

6. A STITCH IN TIME, OR NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND

7. THE WRONG ROOM


8. THE MONKEY IN THE BAND


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9. DON QUIXOTE ON HIS ARCHITECTURAL STEED

10. HATCHED, MATCHED, AND DISPATCHED

11. THE LITTLE ROP JUMPER

12. WHAR YOU GWINE WID DAT BARR'L


Series No.7

1. THE ROCKING HORSE

2. NOW YOU SEE ME, NOW YOU DON'T

3. A BOTTLE IMP

4. FOOTSTEPS BENEATH ME

5. SUCH A GETTING UPSTAIRS

6. FEEDING THE CHICKENS

7. SWINGING AROUND THE CIRCLE

8. THE LITTLE JUMPER

9. SEE-SAW

10. A LONG BRANCH CANNIBAL

11. THE COFFEE GRINDER

12. NO YOU DON'T



Milton Bradley catalogue list, 1889
(Internet Archive)

 

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NOTES

Robert Hallowell Richards (1844-1945) was Professor of Mineralogy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His zoetrope strip appeared in the late 1880s, mentioned in The Kindergarten-primary Magazine Vol.2, 42: "The derivation of some crystal forms from the cube is very well shown by Prof. Richard's Crystallographic Transformations for the Zoetrope, which, though simple, are very suggestive." - and The American Journal of Science, 1886, 164: "An ingenious and effective application of the zoetrope..."

Several of the zoetrope strip images on this page are reproduced by kind permission of Hanauer and Seidman Antiques. Click the link to see their zoetrope, on the 'antique toys' page.

Artwork originating with Milton Bradley in the USA was passed on to the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, licencees in Britain.