Edited by LEGO Historian, 21 October 2012 - 08:31 AM.
The very odd case of LEGO in Iceland...
Posted 20 October 2012 - 05:40 PM
Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:42 PM
Since these (below) are NOT ways to catch it, I suppose that touching a TB patient packed LEGO boxes would not be harmful....
Shaking a TB person's hand.
Sharing a TB person's food or drink.
Sharing a TB person's tooth brush.
Kissing a TB person.
But it comes across as something that would likely dampen LEGO sales if we knew it was packed that way!
Oh... and although the first image of the clinic patient is in my LEGO DVD download... the 2 images of the Icelandic LEGO parts packs will be in the next available release of the LEGO download (in about 6 months)... free to all owners of the LEGO collectors guide download.
Posted 22 October 2012 - 03:06 AM
I just recently learned about these islands for a LEGO related reason... the rarest of all LEGO flags is a 1966-68 wavy flag of the Faroe Islands. I only learned of this fact because a German LEGO collector who specializes in Scandinavian LEGO came across not just 1, but 2 Faroe Island wavy flags of the 1960s. Here's one shown below... (Note the flags are (first column going down.... Faroe Islands, Denmark, Iceland, (2nd column) Norway, Finland, Sweden.
These Faroe Island flags were likely sold in either the 1966-68 492 or 493 LEGO flags pack (each had 8 wavy flags). However due to the extreme rarity of these until now unknown flags, it is likely that only 492 or 493 flag packs sold in the Faroe Islands had these flags in them. And with a total population of 50,000 in the entire island chain... it is likely that the number of flags produced was very small indeed. In mint... I would value one of these flags at several hundred Dollars or Euros. Making them one of the rarest and most highly priced LEGO parts of all.... (as found in my LEGO DVD download... Chapter 47 - Old LEGO Town Accessories - subchapter 47.1.1 - LEGO Wavy Flags 1957-73, still available on Ebay or on my website listed in the Eurobricks Bazaar.
Edited by LEGO Historian, 22 October 2012 - 03:09 AM.
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:02 AM
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 03:40 PM
That's a very good question! The LEGO Archives/Collections have no known copies or images of the 1955-60 SIBS sets in their archives. They only have records of what was used, but not examples. They were very happy to see these 1960s parts pack images, of which I gave them a copy for their archives. But there are some examples out there somewhere... probably in Iceland!
The TLG Archive folks and I stay in touch, and share information. Much of what I get is from collectors around the world who ask me if I've seen this or that before... if not, I ask the LEGO Archives folks... and more often than not if I've not seen it before, neither have they. Green tall classic windows from Norway was another example they had never seen before. That's what makes my LEGO DVD download such a rich source of rare and never before seen items... the combination of very rare TLG items and those in private hands.
Come to think of it... I've not sent them an image of the Faroe Islands flag. Time for another EMAIL!
Also I get some very interesting anecdotes from the old employees at the TLG Archives. One told me that those old 1950s slotted "marbled" bricks were sold to employees and retailers as factory seconds. The late Godtfred Kirk Christiansen (died 1995) mentioned to one of the senior archive employees that back in the 1950s the marbled bricks were sold to retailers for 8 øre each, and perfect slotted bricks were sold to retailers (for PAB type sales to the public) for 11 øre each. Today it's those factory second marbled bricks (likely from factory floor sweepings of mixed colored pellets that were washed and then reused in molding machines) command steep prices, especially for multi-colored swirled examples (that resemble the surface of Jupiter).
There is still much to be learned from the early history of LEGO... a never ending source of fun (I get to play LEGO Sherlock Holmes) for me!
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