Arithmetic School, a Toy by Playskool

In the early 1960s, the Chicago firm of Playskool introduced this educational toy for children three to six years old, seeking to give them an early familiarity with numbers. It has two rows of relatively large rotating wooden rectangular blocks, each with a row of square rotating wooden blocks below. The larger blocks have problems in simple addition written on them, the smaller ones answers. The problems and correct answers are written in the same color of paint. The blocks move on metal rods that are attached at top and bottom to a frame. The frame is supported at the back by a collapsible metal stand. The frame is painted with a pattern of bricks on the side and a roof at the top.
A contemporary advertisement indicates that the toy cost $3.19.
Jordan Marsh Company , [Advertisement], The Boston Globe, November 4, 1962, p. E5.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1962
Physical Description
wood (frame, blocks material)
metal (rods, support material)
overall: 27.5 cm x 35.8 cm x 13.3 cm; 10 13/16 in x 14 3/32 in x 5 1/4 in
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Arithmetic Teaching
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Arithmetic Teaching
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Sherman L. and Marjorie A. Naidorf
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