Below are two sets of wooden blocks I came across recently:  Community Workers Blocks I found at a local Brooklyn thrift store and  Babel Blocks for sale at the NYC design store, Moss (each "block character" has its own MySpace page). Times have changed.
This is an early Sawyer's hand lettered, 3D View-Master reel [No. 319: Banff Nat'l Park, CANADA, Lake Louise, circa 1940] from a former employee of the Portland Oregon Sawyer's View-Master plant. Nice handwriting.
"abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz" is a film by Roel & Job Wouters. Job and his nephew Gradus (4 yrs. old) are very ambitious with letters. Spontanious jam sessions in their studio inspired them to make
this video. Directed by his brother Roel.
La cuisine est un jeu d’enfants by Michel Oliver  was an impromptu gift from my good friends, Erik and Jessica. Whenever they have us over for dinner, they always share their recent book finds. This one didn't fit in their shelf, so they gave it to me -- nice.