My grandmother’s Lego booklet is fascinating

Visits to Grandma in Carlisle were always fun growing up, there was her huge garden, the tasty food, posh fizzy drinks and, of course, baking time.  There was also the toys, upon arrival, the toys would be brought out from upstairs and placed on the floor to play with.  These included various items, newer and older, mostly older.  Many of the toys were played with by my father and his brother and sisters when they were kids.  The best part, like all toy collections, was the Lego!

So when it came to visit dearest Grandma, now Great-Grandma, with my daughter, it was no surprise when the toys came out.  So out came the Lego, and its instruction booklet, which I had never paid any attention to until now.  This Lego, and its instruction booklet, was old.  I’m not quite sure how old, but given that my dad will be able to claim his free bus pass this year if he wants to, I think that gives some idea.  And that instruction booklet was, different.  Nothing like the Lego instruction manual for set models that we get these days.  No, this was an idea book, “Ideas book No. 3” to be precise.

The front cover - Not an instruction manual, an idea book.

The front cover – Not an instruction manual, an idea book.

The first pages are nothing unexpected, an inventory of what comes in the box.  Though check out those smartly dressed builders!

The first pages are nothing unexpected, an inventory of what comes in the box. Though check out those smartly dressed builders!

Then some guidance on how to build.  Interlock bricks in walls and corners, use beams to hold windows in place, a stepped roof with overhanging eaves.  Then, it just ideas on what you can build.

Then some guidance on how to build. Interlock bricks in walls and corners, use beams to hold windows in place, a stepped roof with overhanging eaves. Then, it just ideas on what you can build.

The ideas continue, and the guidance ends, we're just getting pictures now, things you could build.

The ideas continue, and the guidance ends, we’re just getting pictures now, things you could build.

There is a little instruction still, just minimal stuff to build an elephant, then back to ideas.

There is a little instruction still, just minimal stuff to build an elephant, then back to ideas.

An introduction to wheels and towbars (I don't think we even get towbars in new kits anymore), then on to more ideas.

An introduction to wheels and towbars (I don’t think we even get towbars in new kits anymore), then on to more ideas.

There's loads you can make with wheels!

There’s loads you can make with wheels!

And look what you can do with sloping bricks too!

And look what you can do with sloping bricks too!

Sloping bricks don't just need to be used for rooftops either.

Sloping bricks don’t just need to be used for rooftops either.

Now introducing the slim brick.  They're like the high definition of Lego bricks!

Now introducing the slim brick. They’re like the high definition of Lego bricks!

Just imagine how long it'd take to build that slim brick elephant.

Just imagine how long it’d take to build that slim brick elephant.

And it's not just models you can build out of Lego, why not build a mosaic.

And it’s not just models you can build out of Lego, why not build a mosaic.

Build your dream house, or copy real buildings.  This is my favourite part, why not build Shakespeare's birthplace (something all kids dream of) or even better, your own home! (I wish that were my home!)

Build your dream house, or copy real buildings. This is my favourite part, why not build Shakespeare’s birthplace (something all kids dream of) or even better, your own home! (I wish that were my home!)

I was curious by the lack of female builders within the booklet, but then, perhaps this image on the last page shows one, I can't really tell.

I was curious by the lack of female builders within the booklet, but then, perhaps this image on the last page shows one, I can’t really tell.

Have you any old Lego booklets?