The Pony Puzzle – Postcard

The Pony Puzzle - Postcard

The Pony Puzzle – Postcard The Pony Puzzle was not only one of Sam Loyd’s first puzzles but, according to him, his most successful. It was suggested to him in an odd way. He was returning from Europe on the steamer with Andrew G. Curtain, then Minister to Russia, and once famous as War Governor of Pennsylvania, and they were discussing the White Horse Monument on Uffington Hill, Berkshire, England. The is the colossal figure of a white horse engraved on the side of the hill, visible for many miles. It is said to be more then a thousand years old. Mr Curtain thought it might contain a suggestion for a puzzle. Sam Loyd accepted the suggestion, took a piece of black paper and a pair of scissors, and in a few minutes produced The Pony Puzzle. The actual puzzle on the front is the way it originally looked. Over the years more than a thousand million copies of this puzzle were sold. The “Commemorative Edition” has been created so that everyone can once again enjoy Sam Loyd’s puzzle. Cut out the six pieces of the pony separately, and see in how many ways they can be arranged to form another pony. The cardboard that Sam Loyd used for his puzzle cards was specially selected by him. He wanted to ensure that it had the right balance of texture and thickness, to not only enhance his graphics, but to also give you the best in-hand embellishment when holding the card to solve it. The Sam Loyd Company has been able to recreate that same cardboard, as first used by Sam Loyd, using original sources. The cardboard is exclusively manufactured for our use and goes by the product code No.1868, in tribute to the release of the very first puzzle card. To ensure that you experience the puzzle cards just the way Sam Loyd intended you to, be sure to buy only cards created by The Sam Loyd Company. Each carry the Sam Loyd logo, which is a registered trademark and your guarantee of the highest quality.

While there are a plethora of references regarding the benefits of reading books, playing games, etc., this article focuses on the value of wooden jigsaw puzzles as a catalyst for learning in early childhood. Even with the many electronic gizmos and gadgets, oftentimes children are attracted to simple things like a bouncy ball, interesting book and well designed, intriguing jigsaw puzzles.

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