S. L. Hill

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S. L. Hill
New York, NY
c.1858 or 1860's


Hill was the first American manufacturer to produce blocks in great quantity. His spelling blocks date from 1858, but it wasn't until the 1860's that he started producing building blocks. The "Alphabet and Building Blocks" above, from 1868, depict the different stages of a child's life. The set builds either a "BlockHouse" or a "Toy House." His "kindergarten Building Blocks"and those by Milton Bradley were very similar...