Tbilisi: Zaria Vostoka, 1941. Item #858
80 pp: ill. 18x27.6 cm. In original cloth with lettering and decoration on the front board. Near fine. Loss of the endpapers.
Scarce. One of 800 copies.
A special anniversary edition of the Georgian SSR Ministry of Education.
The album showcases 32 full page and 4 half-page illustrations (4 color; 32 black and white) of toys and educational materials for kindergarten children produced by the scientific-research institute. The work is particularly important as it promoted toys that later became mainstream. The album is divided into four parts: Educational Toys, Construction Toys, Folk Toys (based on the famous Georgian folk tales), and Outdoor Toys. The chapters comprise articles that define the usage rules and describe learning opportunities for children. Every article names the author of the idea (B. Khachapuridze, N. Unafqoshvili, N. Lortkipanidze, B. Avalishvili, R. Natadze, F. Farvariuk, etc.) and, in some cases, masters (M. Gudiashvili, P. Starodubtsev, A. Andreev, etc.). The most fascinating thing about the work is that each article is supplemented with the unique illustrations giving a valuable insight into the process of learning in Soviet Georgian kindergartens. The photos date back to the late 1930s. The album features 4 colored illustrations of the educational toys “Triala” (author of the idea – B. Khachapurhidze, master – M. Gudiashvili), “Seqtorina” (author of the idea – B. Khachapurhidze, master – M. Gudiashvili), and “Tsibruti” (author of the idea – B. Khachapuridze), as well as 12 black and white photographs depicting teachers and kids using preschooler toys produced by the institute. The collection also houses over 20 photos of different toys. Each illustration has captions. As stated in the introduction, the edition was intended to provide kindergarten teachers with precise information on the use policy of toys, give assistance in defining pedagogical purposes of games, and represent achievements of the laboratory so that toy manufacturing companies could start the mass production. The album design and color illustrations by the Georgian artist T. Kechkhoashvili; Photographs are by I. Pamfilov. As stated in the edition, special credits go to the distinguished workers of the kindergarten #1 founded in 1921 – the Georgian pedagogue and the founder of the kindergarten, Natalia Unafqoshvili (1892-1975) and E. Kargareteli. The album includes 2 photographs of both women playing with kids.
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