Anchor Then and Now

Over the past few weeks I have been reading my way through E. B. White’s Writings from the New Yorker: 1925-1976. Tonight I ran across an interesting article.

On December 9, 1933 E. B. White wrote an article titled Then and Now.

The article starts:

We ran across a 1908 Schwartz catalogue in the course of the week, and it was a lot of fun to compare it with the 1933 catalogue. Fundamentally, toys don’t change as much as we imagine.

Midway through the article another sentence caught my eye:

Anchor blocks, those memorable little stone building blocks whose yellow arches, blue turrets, and red cubes formed the framework of our own childhood, are still going strong today; and to our notion nothing has come along which can touch them, in either beauty or practical possibilities.

You may have seen some of my previous posts about Ankerstein blocks. Here in the US they are also know as Anchor blocks. Ankerstein or Anchor Blocks have been around for more than 130 years and have withstood the test of time. You can repeat the same sentence today that E. B. White wrote back in 1933.

Ankerstein Convent with Garden

In this picture we have a Convent with Garden. Religious buildings are one of the recurring themes in Ankerstein.

Ankerstein Town Gate - Anchor Blocks

Town Gate

This structure is titled: Town-gate with Customs house or Stadttor mit Zollhaus. This structure was the focus of my post titled Town Gate.

Anker Church Building - Anchor Stones

Large Parish Church

Here is a church building that I built with my Anchor Blocks.

In all of these structures you can see the “yellow arches, blue turrets, and red cubes” that E. B. White wrote about in his article.

For more about this hobby of mine, visit my previous post titled Ankerstein.

If you enjoyed these buildings, you can visit George Hardy’s Ankerstein site to see pictures of even larger structures.

Have a great weekend!

Steven

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2 Responses to Anchor Then and Now

  1. Boomdeeadda says:

    Well I guess it’s true, great minds think alike. How fun is that? You both enjoyed the same hobby.

  2. Glenda McDougal says:

    My Grandson is good at building these. Interesting article!!!

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