The Wonderful Chinese Pony Puzzle – Trade Card

The Wonderful Chinese Pony Puzzle - Trade Card

The Wonderful 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 on the dotted lines, into three pieces and arrange them so as to form a perfect horse.

The simplicity of the puzzles is misleading. Although the concept is quite simple – finding the pieces and repairing them together – an amazing level of mental activity is required to complete the necessary steps to complete a puzzle. Psychological studies have identified a number of thought processes that are necessary to achieve what is in fact a complex process of identifying shapes and images and relating them to a general pattern. More importantly, solving puzzles is great work for the brain and can have therapeutic benefits.

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