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Wood, Ailsa

A world in miniature : a short thesis on children's toys / written & illustrated at Brighton College of Art, by Ailsa Wood.

Brighton? circa 1940?
Physical Description:
1 v. (72 pages) ; 29 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process GV1218.5.W6 W6 1940+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Archives & Manuscripts
The New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages records that an Ailsa Wood married, in 1942, a William Ronald Whitfield, in the district of Ashfield.
Bound in contemporary brown quarter morocco and cream cloth. With a doll of cut and painted wooden pieces affixed to the front cover.
Autograph manuscript on children's toys, by Ailsa Wood. The work is undated, but the text mentions the introduction of Bakelite in 1939, and it seems likely that it was composed during the war years or shortly thereafter. Text is written in a neat hand, in pen and brown ink, with the careful integration of numerous illustrations throughout. The illustrations are in varying degrees of completion. Some are fully finished, in gouache, black chalk, and pen and ink. Others have only lightly been sketched in graphite, with written indications of the colors to be applied.
Subject Terms:
Toys -- History.
Academic dissertations.

  • 1. The significance of toys
  • 2. Toys of ancient & medieval times
  • 3. Toys of the 16th c.-- 4. German toys in the 17th & 18th c.
  • 5. 19th c. toys in Europe
  • 6. Toys of the 20th c.
  • 7. Toys which children can make
  • 8. Art in relation to toys.

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