Hay Wingo

Part of our back to school display is this teacher’s edition of Hay Wingo. (Clowns are terrifying by themselves; mix them with phonics and doh!) Our price is waaaaay lower than either Ebay or Amazon. So contact us directly or the shop at (218) 998-3088 (between 10 am & 5 pm everyday, Central Time) to snatch this one up!

hay wingo vintage school book

Drawing The Line At Valentines

It may seem a little early to start with the Valentine’s Day stuff, but we’re seeing a huge jump in traffic to our previous Valentine’s Day posts (older archives too). Heck, WalMart already has Easter candy out! Not that WalMart dictates anything to me; but I feel fine mentioning Valentine’s Day stuff now.


This vintage Valentine is a vintage mechanical Valentine from A-Meri-Card.

On the back, it’s signed “Love, Pursy.”

Found at an estate we are helping manage here in Fargo, the vintage Valentine was found inside a folded half-sheet of paper. The paper was a mimeographed list of guests for a Valentine’s Day party. While this was the only Valentine saved, it’s clear that Pursy was not invited to the party. Another example of drawing the line at party guest lists. Especially sad when the list has the guests arranged in pairs of one boy and one girl — and clearly there is one girl who had no “date”. Poor Pursy. Poor Paula.

You can find more vintage Valentines in our eBay listings. Those looking for vintage Valentine’s to craft with, check out our “crafty” Etsy shop.

Zero The Clown

Learning math with Zero, a tricky clown. Page 82 in Study Arithmetics, Grade Three, by F.B. Knight, G.M. Ruch, J.W. Studebaker, W.C. Findley, and William S. Gray; published by Scott, Foresman and Company, last copyright date 1943. (See my article on on old school books and primers.)

Here’s A “Sharp” Vintage Valentine

This vintage greeting card is of a boy and a girl at a school desk with the boy using the pencil sharpener: This will prove my “point” I think you’re plenty “sharp” – be my Valentine.

No maker.

“Here Are Your Reading For Meaning Stand-Up Figures” Circa 1966

From the Houghton Mifflin Company, glossy, colored, cardboard die-cut stand-up figures of Janet, Penny, Betty, Jack, Bill, Tip & Mitten — companions to the school text series Reading For Meaning, Fourth Edition, Pre-reading – Grade 6.

I’ve got the set up at eBay, so if your teacher never let you touch these as a kid, now’s your chance to get your hands on ’em!

Here’s the rest of the vintage educational ephemera from the original mailing envelope and info on the ephemera…

Also included, the little light blue flyer titled “A Vital Role?” which tells teachers how to use the figures.

Envelope number I-40234, litho in USA, DN40M366. Flyer, also a litho in USA; RFM/SUE, DN40M466.

No date; circa 1966.