Copywrong 1905

 In Games

By Ken Foust

JUST AS HALF the fun of toy collecting is in the search; the hunt for information about who made what, and when they did it rewards us too.

Sometimes the answers seem to contradict each other, can’t be verified, or just raise more questions, but others are pretty much engraved in stone. If a toy was patented in 1878, that’s when it was patented.

And if a game, a puzzle, or a children’s book was copyrighted in 1905, then 1905 it was. Except maybe it wasn’t, as the picture book here proves.

The Airship Book contains an interesting collection of attractive color plates, brief subject descriptions, and various pen sketches probably copied from photographs.

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