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We thought you might like to see the "roots" of our products. This page is a byproduct from developing our Products by Periods Guide for customers who wanted to know: "Which items are most appropriate for our period(s)?" (or some such similar question). The following "time stamps" our products accoring to either when they originated or how far back their roots can be traced. To see which of our products were popular and/or used in a given time period, please go to our Products by Periods Guide.
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Prehistoric Period
(prior to 4000 B.C.)

3014 Cat's Cradle & Other String Games (string art appears on cave walls around the world); 3007 Nine Pins (with cloth bag) (bowling pins and balls found buried with mummified remains of an Egyptian child who died around 5000 B.C.); 3005 Suede Pouch (earliest example is 10,000 years old); 4003 Button Lover's Set (buttons were found on the 10,000-year-old "iceman" discovered in the Italian Alps); 4103 Sewing Cards (though cardboard had not been invented yet, bone needles have been found that predate history); 4302 My First Weaving Loom (Peruvian textiles and weaving tools date back to 5800 B.C.); 4303 E-Z Weaver (see 4302 note); 4304 Children's Peg Loom (see 4302 note); 4601 Wool Drop Spindle Set (used since prerecorded history); 4602 Wool Drop Spindle Only (see 4601 note); 4604 Cotton Hand Spindle Set (used since prerecorded history); 4605 Cotton Hand Spindle Only (see 4604 note); 4606 Cotton Sliver (shreds of cotton cloth and cotton balls discovered in Mexican cave hat are at least 7,000 years old); 5401 Lithographed Field Drum (drums are among the most ancient and widespread of all musical instruments); 5402 Americana Field Drum (see 5401 note); 5403 Claves (originated in prehistoric Africa); 5404 Box Shaker (shakers and rattles are percussion instruments that have been around since prerecorded history).

Bronze Age
(4000 B.C to 1999 B.C.)

2011 Hand Propeller (invented in China over 2,000 years ago); 3004 Marbles (with suede pouch) (dates back at least 3,000 years to ancient Egypt & Rome); 3017 Marbles (with cloth bag) (see 3004 note); 3012 Quoits (origins traced to ancient Greece); 5003 Bamboo Flute (bamboo flutes may well be man's first multi-note wind instrument); 5101 Harmonica in C (musicologists generally agree the origin of harmonicas can be traced back to a Chinese wind instrument called "sheng" or "cheng" around 3000 B.C.); 5406 Finger Cymbals (these have existed since antiquity and are thought to have been used during religious ceremonies).

Iron Age
(2000 B.C. to 999 B.C.)

3002 Juggling Set (oldest known reference appears in an Egyptian tomb of an unknown Middle Kingdom prince circa 1994-1782 B.C.); 4603 Wool Roving (a "woollen" cloth discovered in Denmark was made at least 3,500 years ago).

Classical Era of Old World Civilizations
(1000 B.C. to 399 B.C.)

2003 Sleeper Yo-Yo ~ Natural (introduced in ancient Greece); 2008 Cup & Ball Toss Toy ~ Colored (see 2003 note); 2009 Cup & Ball Toss Toy ~ Natural (see 2003 note); 3007 Wooden Dice (date back to ancient Greece & Rome); 4102 Beginning Quilting Kit (first practiced in ancient Greece, Egypt, China, India, and elsewhere); 5104 Plastic Fife in C ("cross flutes" are believed to have originated in China circa 800 B.C.); 5201 Brass Fife in B Flat (see 5104 note).

Great Empires Unite the Civilized World
(400 B.C. to 475 A.D.)

3001 Tic Tac Toe (played in ancient Rome and called "Noughts and Crosses" in Britain); 3006 Hopscotch (with cloth bag) (developed in Britain during Roman occupation).

Early Middle Age or "Dark Age"
(476 A.D. to 999 A.D.)

1005 Make Your Own Goose Quill Pen (introduced circa 850 A.D.); 2006 Hardwood Top ~ Blue & Red (introduced in Japan circa 8th century); 2007 Hardwood Top ~ Natural (see 2006 note); 4001 Lucet (based on man-made bone objects shaped like lucets from the Viking era); 4401 My First Knitting Set (pieces of knitted works have been located in Arabia that date back to the 7th century); 4202 Quilt Pattern Cross-Stitch Bookmark Kit (cross-stitch is known to have flourished in China during the Tang Dynasty from 618 to 907); 4203 Amish Cross-Stitch Bookmark Kit (see 4202 note); 4206 Early American Flag Cross-Stitch Kit (see 4202 note); 5405 One-Octave Xylophone (the earliest evidence we have are 9th-century xylophones found in southeast Asia).

High & Late Middle Ages
(1000 A.D. to 1299 A.D.)

3008 Wooden Dominoes (known to have existed in China during the year 1120); 3013 Children's Card Games Set (playing cards invented in China during the 12th century); 4708 Miss Poppet Doll Kit (the Medieval English word for doll was "poppet"); 5102 Plastic Recorder in C (a mid-13th century recorder was discovered in a moat near Dordrecht, Holland in 1340); 5301 Penny Whistle in D (whistles made from the bones of birds have been uncovered in Dublin, Ireland, that date back to the Viking era of the 12th century).

Renaissance Period
(1300 A.D. to 1491 A.D.)

5002 Jew's Harp (Jaw Harp) (it has been debated since 1511 as to whether the Jew's Harp is a percussion or chromatic instrument).

New World Exploratory Period
(1492 A.D. to 1629 A.D.)

3010 Early American Playing Cards (introduced to the New World during Christopher Columbus' first expedition to Central America); 4002 My First Tatting Kit (thought to have originated in 16th-century Italy); 4201 Early American Sampler (the "Jane Bostocke's Sampler" is the oldest surviving sampler and is dated 1598; the oldest surviving American sampler was stitched by Loara Standish around 1636); 4501 My First Crochet Set ("nun's lace" developed during the 16th century); 4701 Clothespin Doll Kit (began as a one-piece wooden clothes peg made by American gypsies); 5103 Ocarina in C (Aztec musical performers playing ocarinas impressed the court of Emperor Charles and a certain Roman baker).

Colonial American Period
(1630 A.D. to 1762 A.D.)

2001 Buzz Saw (became popular with American Settlers); 4301 Colonial Loom (early Am. colonists wove with flax and cotton even though weaving was against British law); 4704 Pocket Folk Doll Kit (pocket folk dolls belong to a group of dolls known as "rag dolls"); 4706 Yarn Doll Kit (yarn was one of the first products to be industrialized in North America); 4709 Spoon Doll Kit (colonial American mothers made dolls from a variety of items including spoons); 4710 Early American Cornhusk Doll Kit (Native Americans taught European settlers about corn and how to make cornhusk dolls); 4712 Traditional Cornhusk Doll Kit (see 4710 note); 4714 Native American Cornhusk Doll Kit (see 4710 note); 4715 Rag Doll Kit ("Bangwell Putt" is considered to be the oldest surviving rag doll in North America).

American Revolutionary War
(1763 A.D. to 1782 A.D.)

4101 Stars & Stripes Flag Kit (the official U.S. flag originated on June 14, 1777).

Early American Period
(1783 A.D. to 1814 A.D.)

4702 Penny Wooden Doll Kit (first produced in Germany beginning in 1810); 4703 Penny Wooden Doll Only (see 4702 note); 5001 Kazoo (during the early 1800s, various forms of kazoos could be found throughout North America).

American Expansionist Period or "Antebellum Period"
(1815 A.D. to 1859 A.D.)

4716 Topsy-Turvy Doll Kit (this segregationist doll was not only "politically correct," it set the stage for future "flip-flop" dolls).

American Civil War
(1860 A.D. to 1865 A.D.)

4705 Handkerchief Doll Kit (this "church doll" was made due to the scarcity of supplies).

American Reconstruction Period
(1866 A.D. to 1870 A.D.)

None at this time.

Second Industrial Revolution Period
(1871 A.D. to 1913 A.D.)

None at this time.

World War I or "First World War"
(1914 A.D. to 1919 A.D.)

None at this time.

American "Roaring" Twenties
(1920 A.D. to 1929 A.D.)

2002 Paddleball; 2003 Sleeper Yo-Yo ~ Natural.

Great Depression Era
(1930 A.D. to 1939 A.D.)

2010 Four-Note Train Whistle; 3009 Wooden Pick-Up Sticks (with cloth bag) (introduced to America in 1936 from Hungary); 3015 Bamboo Pick-Up Sticks (see 3009 note); 4103 Sewing Cards (George Parker of Parker Brothers introduces "Big Animal Sewing Cards" in 1937); 4305 Potholder Loom (conceived as a means to use sock "loopers" in a creative way); 4306 Potholder Loops (see 4305 note); 4707 Mr. Sock Monkey Kit (Sears & Roebuck began selling Rockford Red Heel Socks with instructions for making sock monkeys in 1939).

World War II or "Second World War"
(1940 A.D. to 1945 A.D.)

2103 Pyramid Puzzle.

Atomic Age
(1946 A.D. to 1956 A.D.)

None at this time.

Space Age
(1957 A.D. to 1989 A.D.)

None at this time.

Information Age
(1990 A.D. to present)

Suffice to say, all our products sell well in this age!
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