Anchor Stone Building Block Sets from Germany

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  • Ankerstein at Nuremberg Toy Fair 2019

    Ankerstein Baukasten (Anchor Stone building sets) exhibited at the Nuremberg Spielewarenmesse (Toy Fair) again this year with a booth in the "Made in Germany" section of Hall 3A. For Anchor Stone, production continues in the same city where the company started in the 1880s - Rudolstadt, Germany. For the 2019 Fair, the new Gropius set was featured in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement. And some children's sets are now packaged in wooden boxes.
  • Thuringia Exhibition Features Anchor Stones

    The exhibition "Experience Industrial Culture - Innovative Thuringia since 1800" in Pößneck, Germany includes Anchor Stone building sets (Anker Steinbaukasten) that were first developed in Rudolstadt in the 1880s and are the first building toy system in the world. As part of the program, the famous Dresden church, Frauenkirche, was built from Anchor Stone blocks using more than 2000 stones.
  • Einstein, a Notable Anchor Stone Builder

    With a more than 125 year history there's bound to be interesting stories about people who became users and supporters of the product. In our case, we have the well documented use of Anker Steinbaukasten by Albert Einstein (1879-1955). Einstein famously said that "Imagination is more important than knowledge because knowledge is limited" and "I have no special talent, what I am is passionately curious."
  • A Better Toy Building Block

    The 1880 US patent for Anchor Stones states "the object is to produce toy building blocks which will always retain their shape and color, will not be dangerous to children, and will, by reason of their weight, better retain their position than if made of wood as usual." The result became Richter's Anchor Stone Building Sets (Richter's Anker-Steinbaukasten.) Stability, durability and natural all combine to make Anchor Stone building blocks the best blocks for children. But, you don't have to let the children have all the fun, because these blocks are also great for adults!

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