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Item/Description: Vintage ca 1969-1970s Bayer Group & TROPON pharmaceutical company “Das Nimotop® Tangram-Spiel” wooden puzzle toy advertising premium promotional giveaway in original wooden box, which contains graphic imagery of the emblems/logos/ for each of the drug companies//pharmacies on its cover (e.g. the Bayer aspirin tablet insignia).
Loosely translated from German, “Das Nimotop® Tangram-Spiel” means “This Nimotop (which is one of Bayer company’s drug products) Tangram (which is a puzzle game) play”.
***This particular drug company/pharmacy giveaway wooden brain teaser puzzle game/toy is a promotional item for Bayer’s prescription drug Nimotop®, whose generic name is Nimodipine, which is used for reducing problems due to lack of oxygen caused by bleeding from a blood vessel in the brain. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by one’s doctor. Nimotop is a calcium channel blocking agent. Exactly how Nimotop works is unknown.
***TROPON became a subsidiary company of Bayer AG in 1969
***In addition to the original carrying box, the original puzzles pictorial manual booklet is also included. Manual, which is 15 pages in length, is elaborately detailed with page after page of sample puzzles that it is possible to assemble with this puzzle kit, which is comprised of seven (7) puzzle pieces (6 of which are natural, blonde wood, with the seventh being red in color) that all interlock/fit together inside the hand-held hinged carrying box.
The manual states: “Tangram, das jahrtausendealte chinesische Formen-Spiel ist kein Wettkampf-Spiel zwischen Konkurrenten, sondern ein Spiel für Spielergruppen, das heiter stimmt und zur Entfaltung der schöpferischen Phantasie anregt. Das Spiel besteht darin, mit sieben Steinen - einem Quadrat, einem Parallelogramm und füfn Dreiecken in drei verschiedenen Größen - angegebene Formen zusammenzulegen. So simpel das auf den ersten Blick scheint, wer zu spielen beginnt, merkt sehr rasch die Anforderungen an die Vorstellungskraft, die das Tangram stellt. Gleichzeitig aber entdeckt er, welche Freude es macht, bei diesen Spielübungen seine Kreativität zu trainieren. Tangram konte nur im fernen Osten erfunden werden, i jenem Kulturkreis, für dessen geistige Haltung in allen Bereichen die Meditation, die Synthese scheinbar unvereinbarer Elemente, bezeichnend ist.”
Loosely translated from German, this means: “Tangram, the millennial Chinese form play is no competition play between competitors, but a play for player's groups who is right cheerfully and stimulates to the development of the creative imagination. The play consists in folding up given forms with seven stones - to a square, a parallelogram and five to triangles in three different dimensions. So simple this appears at first sight who starts to play, notices very quickly the requirements for the imagination which puts the Tangram. At the same time, however, he discovers which joy does it to coach his creativity with these play exercises. Tangram konte only in the Far East are invented, I to that cultural circle for whose spiritual posture in all areas the meditation, the synthesis is typical apparently of incompatible elements.”
Excerpted Research Information about the Tangram Puzzle: “Thetangram(Chinese: ???; pinyin: qīi qiao ban; literally "seven boards of skill") is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape (given only an outline or silhouette) using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. It was originally invented in China at some unknown point in history, and then carried over to Europe by trading ships in the early 19th century. It became very popular in Europe for a time then, and then again during World War I. It is one of the most popular dissection puzzles in the world”
Excerpted Research Information about TROPON: “In 1969 TROPON becomes a subsidiary of Bayer AG. The production facilities are expanded and research intensified. In addition to providing services for Bayer, TROPON maintains its original business: marketing in Germany and export of preparations for the treatment of rheumatism. Rheumon® and Rantudil® are sold in over 30 countries....
TROPON is an independent pharmaceutical company, located in Köln (Germany). With more then 300 employees and annnual sales in excess of 50 million Euros, Tropon is dedicated to providing its customers with world-class services and expertise.
In many countries in the world TROPON markets a range of drugs and active pharmaceutical ingedients for the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Moreover, the company is serving as an integrated service provider with capacities for contract manufacturing, serving domestic and foreign customers in the pharmaceutical industry.
In contract manufacturing TROPON has many years of experience in manufacturing solid, semi-solid and liquid drug preparations. In 2001, Tropon has invested 30 million euros in new buildings and additionally in equipment for packaging of liquids. TROPON has an excellent technical building infrastructure, modern machine technologies and a well trained, qualified staff. TROPON has sufficient capacities for the manufacturing of all pharmaceutical dosage forms, for packaging and distribution. This guarantees that products made by Tropon are at the highest standard. This was also confirmed by two successful inspections of the US Food & Drug administration of our production location in 1997 and 2000. The high quality of the products made by Tropon is controlled by permanent In-Process-control. An independent quality assurance department supports the quality control and production departement.
At TROPON the customer is always the focus. We continually strive to supply our customers with innovative solutions in order to meet their specific needs. Tropon currently services many international blue chip companies...”
Age/Period: Vintage - ca 1969 (the date that TROPON first became a subsidiary of Bayer) through the 1970s
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Lid of box is marked “Tropon” & “Bayer” and “Das Nimotop® Tangram-Spiel”. Reverse side of pamphlet contains this data: “D640-942/4572670"
Material(s)/Format: Puzzle pieces and carrying case are wood.
Size/Measurements: 5 ½” sqauare
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Very good! Game is COMPLETE with all pieces/parts (including original manual). Lid to wooden carrying/storage box/case securely latches closed. Noted condition factors are the presence of a green ink mark/line on the box lid interior along with a faint, faded residue of this green ink all on the same side of three (3) of the puzzle pieces. However, because the puzzle pieces can interchangeably be turned over from top side to bottom side, the portions that retain the faded residual specks of green ink can be faced downwards and they become no longer visible.