Doctor Dolittle Counting and Spelling Board # 1059 by Bar-Zim Toy Manufacturing Company

Doctor Dolittle Counting and Spelling Board # 1059 by Bar-Zim Toy Manufacturing Company

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Spelling and Counting Board was produced in 1967 as a tie-in to the Dr. Doolittle movie by Twentieth Century Fox. This educational toy is a square shaped piece of heavy compressed paperboard with letter tiles on one side and number tiles on the reverse. This teaching device was designed for students to move blocks with letters on tracks to assemble words or even sentences in the middle two center tracks, and on the rear side to move numbers and operators around for elementary math equations. The letter side has a green center and depicts four movie scenes featuring actor Rex Harrison in character and a variety of animal co-stars. The number side has a red center, one movie scene and several animals, identified by species.
Bar-Zim Toy manufacturing Company was incorporated in New York City with capital stock of $8,000 by Harry Zimmerman, William Bartholomae, and Abraham B. Wolpin in May of 1916. The company moved its headquarters to New Jersey in October 1938 and held numerous patents and trademarks for games and toys throughout much of the 20th Century. The company was dissolved July 13, 1971.
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Object Name
spelling and counting board
Object Type
educational toys
educational toys
date made
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Twentieth Century Fox
Bar-Zim Toy Manufacturers
place made; distributed
United States: New Jersey, Jersey City
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
cardboard (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 30.6 cm x 30.3 cm x 1.5 cm; 12 1/16 in x 11 15/16 in x 19/32 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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National Museum of American History
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