Each block is 4 inches tall, and each side is different, making the blocks many toys instead of one. One broad side has Fairy Land Railroad cars while the other has a Punch and Judy show, and the narrow edges have either numbers or soldiers. The alphabet runs along one side too, like a frame.
We'll start with a few of the Fairy Land R. R. cars, which depict characters from famous fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and classic children's stories. Turned horizontally, they can be lined up to make a train.
There's even a mail car, and a candy hauler:
The character sneaking a peek into the candy car is Mr. Punch, the famous maniacal puppet. By turning the blocks around and standing them vertically, they make a complete Punch and Judy show.
Oh no: Mr. Punch shakes the baby!
Then, he and Judy smack each other with sticks.
Punch is in serious trouble...
...but somehow he gets out of it.
(I'm missing a block here,
so I'm not sure how he managed it.)
Finally, turning the blocks sideways gives you a little army all your own, complete with a drummer:
What a fantastically versatile toy: can't you just picture a little Victorian child playing with this by the hour on the floor of the nursery?