Hilary Page Toys
For the last 23 years I have worked in the pre-school toy industry.
During this time I have collected interesting vintage toys to form an
archive that is used as a resource by designers and educationalists in
creating new products for today’s children.
A chance acquisition of a ‘Kiddiclock’ started research into Hilary
‘Harry’ Fisher Page and other toys he had created in his Kiddicraft
collection. Many of these toys exist in modern day forms due to their
timeless benefit and reward in young children’s play. Classic play
patterns such as stacking, nesting and sorting were created in plastic,
but Page's greatest claim to fame has to be his invention of what was to
ultimately become the LEGO brick.
The advent of eBay opened up the opportunity to find toys long since
lost to dusty corners of attics and basements across the world. The toys
featured here have come from as far a field as Australia, Canada, USA,
France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
As I found myself outbid on product I realised that there were other
people with a similar interest, either because of Page’s innovative use
of early plastics or because of his invention and patents of the
‘self-locking building brick’. Some of these people have now become
friends and have contributed to this site and to the search for product
and materials that make up the collection. I thank them for their help
The ultimate aim of this site is to have a full record of toys created
by Page and the designers who worked with him. A pictorial
representation of products created during the Hestair years (1978–1989)
will be added as they become available. After the acquisition of
Kiddicraft by Fisher Price most of the toys were discontinued and even
the name became part of history.
2007 will be the 50th anniversary of his death, an appropriate time to
honour a man who brought so much to children’s play and development.