The Original Chinese Pony Puzzle – Trade Card

The Original Chinese Pony Puzzle - Trade Card

The Original Chinese Pony Puzzle – Trade Card Trade cards were one of the most popular forms of advertising during the 1800’s and were used to promote anything from dry goods to clothing stores. Sam Loyd was approached by a number of organizations who wanted to use his puzzles to promote their goods and since he owned his own printing press he would design and print these cards. Since they were giveaways many have not lasted the hundred plus years since they were created and so The Sam Loyd Company has opened its archives to make these cards once again available in their original form just the way Sam Loyd made them way back. Cut the card in two on the dotted line and show how “Money will make the mare go”

Trying to see how the pieces fit and re-assessing where they can go if they do not fit is a good exercise to check and re-evaluate the choices. Each piece can only come in one place, so there is no compromise and negotiation that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to continually re-evaluate his decisions and learns to be patient with the process because it is an integral part of the game.

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