This "game" dates to the mid 1920s. The A.C. Gilbert Company was located in New Haven, about 15 miles from our home in Guilford, and would become famous world-wide for its chemistry sets and Erector sets later in the century. The object of this game was to create artistic patterns using a cardboard holder punched with holes, with hundreds of very small shiny metal "marbles" you inserted into the holes using patterned diagrams. I have a feeling Hoohoo rarely, if ever, used the patterns, creative little girl that she was! The cover art is wonderfully evocative of the 1920s, isn't it?
My Addam's Family game is dated 1965, the year after the hit TV show first aired. I've lost the directions, but remember that somehow you needed to collect the various categories of cards, Gomez, Morticia, the Children, etc.
This is a toy I picked up at a tag sale in the early 1980s, and seems to be from the early 1960s. There is a very colorful pressed tin layout, illustrated on the front of the box, and the separate tin train, above, is wound with the key and motors its way around the track. I'm not quite sure where the "magic" comes in, the train only goes in one direction, but it still works perfectly. I really like vintage tin toys, and have quite a few.
N O T E : This makes my 75th post for November, a nice number to end on. I'm going to take the entire rest of the month off now, lol. See you tomorrow!