Chicago: Cut Craft Cut Outs, American Colortype Co., [ca. 1920]. First edition. This is one in a series of four “One Room” kits (the other rooms shown on the envelope are a dining room, bedroom, and kitchen). All richly printed in color. The larger leaf is a rug and the two smaller leaves are printed with furniture pieces to be cut out and assembled into a living room scene. The rug and some of the furniture items are designed in a pseudo-“oriental” style. Wear and toning to edges of envelope, creases fragile. The leaves within are clean and bright. A very good copy of a rare and fragile item. Buff paper envelope printed in color with an illustration advertising the four possible “One Room” model home scenes. Envelope (16 x 13”) enclosing three leaves (one 16 x 12 ”, two 12 x 9”). Item #17300
Activity kits like the present item were popular educational tools because they inspired children’s creativity and helped them practice fine motor skills and techniques that transferred to art lessons (like cutting with scissors and folding paper). The present kit is additionally interesting for its distinctly Arts and Crafts era design. The kit includes a model of a Stickley-style settee, Tiffany-style lamps, and a porcelain vase emblematic of “oriental” interior design trend of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.