Prado, Marseille: (c. 1930s). A black four-flap enclosure containing materials for a children's pochoir alphabet. The enclosure was held closed with a paper label printed in red and green, reading "Toujours je dessine, colore et m'amuse avec mon Alphabet Pochoir. Modèle. Déposé." Inside is a seven-part accordion-fold piece of card, printed in color one side. Each letter has a cutout stencil, as well as an illustration and examples of the character in uppercase, lowercase, and cursive. Instructions for using the stencils are printed on the first panel of the card. Accompanied by a small folded guide sheet, printed in black & white on both sides, that reproduces each letter's illustration labeled with the vocabulary word. The guide is called "... et maintenant, au travail pour lire, dessiner, colorier."
The front of the enclosure has small holes that reveal six discs of watercolor paint below - blue, white, red, yellow, purple, and green. The paints are attractively stamped, and are clearly unused. The paints show a few different patterns. The blue, white, red, and purple are identically stamped with the letters PBO and the phrase "aquarelle surfine," superfine watercolor. The green is similar, with PBO at the center and the surrounding words identifying the paint as "gouache sèche aquarelle," dry gouache watercolor. The yellow has a detailed mythical creature of some kind at its center, with the words "PBO - couleurs sans danger," or color without danger. Considering that PBO stands for lead oxide, these paints are far from "without danger," especially for use in a set intended for children.
Accordion card shows crease to the first panel, short closed tear to the letter N, and expected wear to folds. Paints dusty, and overall wear to enclosure with creases between paint holes and loss of black coating to edges and folds. A rare set, unrecorded in OCLC. Item #27588