Montrose, Pennsylvania: Crandall’s of Montrose, circa 1875. Twenty-eight wooden dominoes, each measuring 4 x 2 inches, cut one quarter-inch thick. Chromolithographed images of animal heads and tails mounted to rectos; versos printed with domino patterns in black ink directly on wooden surface. Lightest edgewear. Housed in manufacturer’s wooden box, measuring 15 x 4.5 x 1.75 inches, with chromolithographed pictorial label mounded to sliding lid.
Complete set of oversized chromolithographed wooden dominoes designed by American inventor and toy-maker Charles Martin Crandall. Each domino features the head of one animal and the tail of another; the animal halves can be matched, as an educational exercise, or mismatched to create imaginary creatures. Both domestic and wild animals are featured, from the familiar cat, pig, and horse to the exotic rhinoceros, ostrich, and tiger. Crandall was based in Montrose, Pennsylvania, from 1866 to 1886, when his toy factory burned down; it was rebuilt in Elkland, Pennsylvania, the following year. A bright beautiful set, in the original Crandall’s of Montrose wooden box.