Dutch construction set Elba

Elba box lid

Elba box lid

After the vernacular complexity of Buildo, I thought it would be nice to look at something quite different both in style and method of construction, although the principal component material – card – is the same in both.

Elba box contents

Elba box contents

This modernist Dutch building set is very simple, comprising slot together thick card panels and beams in four colours. Nonetheless it creates interesting and satisfyingly complex models in my opinion.  It is possible that only one size of set was available, as the instructions indicate how many sets are required for larger models as opposed to specifying a set number.

Elba manual illustration

Elba manual illustration

The set was made by Van Mouwerik & Bal N.V, Zeist, Holland in, I’m guessing, the 1950s or ’60s.

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One Response to “Dutch construction set Elba”

  1. Arie Oudenes says:

    I love to see this.
    I lived in Zeist during the time the factory was still running. Their more popular building system is Mobaco. I have several boxes of that sys. In the Netherlands some years ago there was even a special Mobaco club. I do not know if they are stillexisting.

    If I can do you a faver, I can send you some photos from my Mobaco boxes and if I can find it the name from the Ditchman that was active with the club.
    Arie Oudenes

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