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. . .  Mag-Nif Inc.
Solution utilizes the binary system, as well as the  Chinese Puzzle Rings

Switchback   . . . from Binary Arts .

Trillion   . . . from Ideal Corporation .

Photobucket  Missing Links   . . . origin unknown

Photobucket  Rubik's Magic Rings  Missing Links   . . . origin unknown

Cylinder Sliding Tiles   . . . origin unknown.

Pencilholder Bank puzzle
  . . . Omni Puzzacal The Ultimate Puzzle . . . 3 and 1/2 billion combinations.   Distributed by J.Shin Co. Elk Grove Village IL.

~ Except for the plastic colorful version following this comment (Block Slider -- origin unknown), and the last three at the end of this long list (two   '15'   sliders and the Frog slider), all the rest listed here are NOT in my collection ~

Block Slider . . . origin unknown (same as  'Grand Pris'   -- made by Parksmith Corp. in the 1960's - 70's -- except the large piece has a picture of a racing car stamped on it)

This 10pc plastic version represents one of many wood versions such as : an 81 year old Sliding Block Puzzle (15 pieces - 3 large squares) made by S. S. Adams Company  (Samuel Sorenson Adams) of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Pat. Applied for 1927. )              ( box cover pic >>> )

(The pink rectangle of the puzzle shown would have to be removed in order to facilitate play)

The S.S.ADAMS sliding 15-block puzzle solution can be seen  here .

Wood versions are known by names such as :

Ching-Foo (14 pieces) . . . made and distributed by Southwestern Distributing Co., Hutchinson, Kansas

Dad's Puzzler . . . Box says "distributed by S-M NEWS CO INC, 229 FOURTH AVE, NY city", Copyright 1920 by J.W. Kaywarg, The Standard Trailer Company, Cambridge Springs, Pa. the price: "10-cents". Solution included.   another version of these that has a lighter colored box is stamped "Princess Novelty Shop, 321 So. Clark St, Chicago ILL." "   The earliest copyright of this puzzle was in 1909 under the name 'Pennant Puzzle'.
The solution to Dad's Puzzler (a.k.a.   Leech Puzzle and Penant Puzzle) is  here

L'Ane Rouge Puzzle (C27d) . . . aka Square Root, Mintman, et al. J. H. Fleming, 1946 (The Red Donkey) was popular in France. It features a red donkey (largest piece) trying to escape a maze of fences and pens to get to its carrots at the bottom, as stubborn as he is. Can be done in 81 moves.
 Mr Puzzle sells it under the name Major Migraine Maker .
The online game to L'Ane Rouge is  here
The solution can be seen  here

    not in my collection
Daughter In The Box . . . (Japanese name: hakoiri musume) . The puzzle is also known as "Hua Rong Dao", "Khun Chang Khun Phaen" and "Forget-me-not". Same pieces and play format as the Psychotease Puzzle and L'Ane Rouge, the object being: Slide the lagrest tile down to the exit hole.

The Moving Puzzle. . . was used as advertisement for the Fireproof Storage Company of Philadelphia, PA.   The inside of the box it comes in is marked "Copyright 1941".   The company was an Agent of Allied Van Lines who did long distance moving . . . hence, the name .   Yet another advertisement puzzle, also known as   The Moving Puzzle,   was by Bekins Van & Storage Co., State Wide Moving Service, Copywrighted 1927, by Frederic E. Aaron .   A third one says "Rankin Transfer & Storage Co, Norfolk Virginia"

Other names from the past (with slightly different block configurations) :

The Flying Puzzle (13 pieces) . . . (Large square block says "plane", other blocks say things like "fog", "clouds", "rain", "snow", etc. Box says patented march 27, 1928)

Ma's Puzzle . . . (Box says "A true to life, hard to get, Ma's Puzzle, Patent no 1633397, by Charles L.A. Diamond".)

George Washington Puzzle (15 pieces) . . . (Big piece is stamped w/ "George Washington", little pieces are stamped w/ words like: Honest, Loyal, Just, Faith, Noble, Liberty, War, Peace, Integrity, Brave, and Independence.)

Eskimo Pie Puzzle . . . The top cover of the box that contains the Eskimo Pie puzzle says, "Eskimo Pie Puzzle. Can you bring Eskimo Pie from Eskimo Land to the USA? Hurr's Ice Cream Williamsport, Penna."   Another version where the box states, "Object is to move the "Eskimo Pie" piece from "Eskimo Land" to "the USA". "Perkinson's, not a fad but a food; Eskimo Pie Corperation, Louisville, Ky.

The Starry Puzzler . . . (1926), manufactured by John M. Schneider of Detroit, Mich.

The LEECH Puzzle . . . manufactured by Leech Products Co. in Hutchinson, Kansas, U.S.A.

Square Root . . . by Parker Brothers

Tit-Bits Teaser No. 5 (14 pieces) . . . from George Newnes Ltd, London England. (a.k.a. The Train Puzzle)

Frigidaire . . . Jumble Puzzle ( from 1940s ? )

Joe's Puzzler . . . manufactured for The Japanese Magic & Novelty Store, 24 Yonge St. Arcade, Toronto

PSYCHOTEAZE . . . the almost impossible puzzle made in 1969 by Chock Full of Everything Co.

G I Nut Cracker

Jusso Nine Block Puzzle

Silver Label Puzzle (14 pieces)

King Coal Puzzle (14 pieces)

Ching Foo (14 pieces)

The Traffic Jam Puzzle (14 pieces) . . . by F. L. Babcock (a.k.a. Tit Bits Teaser -- The Train Puzzle)

Ego Buster . . . by Skor-Mor

Humdinger Puzzle (9 pieces)

The Infant's Hospital Puzzle (12 pieces) . . . Chad Valley 1920

Filipiak (9 pieces) (10 pieces) . . . aka Traffic Cop Tangle -- Schweig's Transatlantic Puzzle.

Hako . . . by Tryne . Nine colored plastic pieces, set up like Psychotease and others like it.

'15' Slider   . . . origin unknown.

'15' puzzle
. . . from an E-Bay purchase .   Stainless Steel construction !

Frog Slider
origin unknown.

Rubik's Rainbow
Special prismatic paper ( a metallised paper/film that displays a three-dimentional effect when exposed to light ) is used for the color squares on each cube face .   The top viewed here is the actual effect ;   the sides look different only because of the angle of the camera shot and lighting .

Pocket Rubik's Cube   . . . origin unknown

Rubik's Cube (regular)   . . . origin unknown

Rubik's Revenge
. . . origin unknown

Rubik's Snake   . . . origin unknown

Mickey/Donald Ball
Donald Duck is on the other side .   Great for the Disney collector .

Rubik's Joined Rings
Another version on the web is called Hungarian Rings .

Tower of Creation   Original version is called "Tower of Hanoi" .   With 13 disks,   it would take the puzzler 2 hrs, 16 minutes, and 31 seconds ( 8,191 moves ! ) to complete the solution . . . assuming it only took a second for each move - without any mistakes or time lag .   Check out the story of its   History .

Also known as Magic Towers by Archer Plastics of Elmhurst, Long Island from the early 50s or maybe even earlier .   Then there's # 562 The Tree Puzzle, made by Wm. F. Drueke and Sons, Grand Rapids, Michigan.   The box it comes in reads "Hand Crafted From Selected Wood Natural and Walnut Finish."   There's also the Pagoda from Skor-Mor, Inc., a Nypro Company, Plain Street, Clinton, Mass 01510 .   One website calls it by the name of Catacombs .   Also known as Fairylite, a plastic puzzle, in bright cherry red and lemon yellow.   Made in England sometime pre-WW2 .   Yet another name is Craze by Progressive Enterprise from 1954.   Here, the pegs are on a triangular board, all being red plastic .

A new entry name is Kan Yu by the Ohio Thermometer Co.

There's an interestingly excellent on-line java version one can play with    here

The following three puzzles are called Chinese Puzzle Rings, and are one of the oldest mechanical puzzles in existence .   Its origins are still unknown .   You can view the total  HISTORY of this devilish sequential-movement mindbreaker .

Chinese Puzzle Rings
( 30 years old )   North American artwork at end .

View this puzzle's History down through the ages .Chinese Puzzle Rings

There are 3 different views to the solution :
 Binary Solutions     Photo Solutions

 Schematic Solutions

Chinese Puzzle Rings
Modern version - wood handle with artwork at end .

Pyramix   . . . origin unknown

TopSpin (made by Binary Arts)

Elephant Spinout   . . . made by Binary Arts .
As with the Chinese Puzzle Rings, The Brain and The Tower of Creation,   this is based on the binary system for solving .

. . . closeup
There is only one place - on the left - where the individual elephants can make their turns;   and also across the track - the curved edge on the right - used as a stop for those not turned .

. . . reset
The closed end of the track is hinged, and readily opens to allow the entire race of elephants to be taken out,   or to reset their orientations and be re-inserted back into the track .

Impossible Ball   . . . origin unknown

Fool's Spool  . . . origin unknown


. . . . . closeup of cross-armed pieces

Handy Mad Triad . . . . . from D.Y. Toy

The finger ends have a patented Roto - Tab design .   Twisting the turnable knobs on the ends of the fingers will turn the wheels .   To add to the level of difficulty, sequential numbers have been added to each of the wheels .   This puzzle is the palm-sized version of its bigger brother Mad Triad which has six wheels .

Japanese Puzzle Box . . . . . 10 moves

panels opened

lid off

This high quality puzzle box is the real thing, handmade by the master craftsmen themselves.   These fine puzzle boxes are rarely sold outside of the mountainous village of Hakone, Japan.

According to the folks at Cleverwood, "The “Himitsu-Bako (Personal Secret Box)” is a traditional Japanese puzzle box that was designed over 100 years ago in the Hakone region of Japan. The Hakone Mountains are noted for their great variety of trees. The Personal Secret Box takes advantage of this wide variety of natural wood colors and textures to produce their elaborate geometric patterns. The appeal of the Personal Secret Box is not merely in its entertainment qualities. It is valued as a Yosegi-Zaiku is a mosaic woodwork usually applied to small handicrafts such as trays, boxes and chests. This marquetry technique is originated in the late Edo Period, and in May of 1984, was designated a National Traditional Handicraft by the International Trade & Industry Minister.

For many years, the town of Hakone was a relay station on the main road to Edo (present day Tokyo) and Hakone-yosegi-zaiku was developed as souvenirs for travelers. The geometric design is made by binding together various shades of wood. Shaved off with a special plane, very thin sheets of wood are then used as an outside finish for various objects such as boxes. For a craft item to be designated a Traditional Craft Product under the Law for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries, it must satisfy the following criteria:
The article must be used mainly in everyday life.
The article must be primarily manufactured by hand.
The article must be manufactured using traditional techniques.
The materials should be mainly those that have been traditionally employed.
The industry must be of a regional nature.

Most Japanese Personal Secret Boxes (Puzzle Boxes) have a variety of difficulties ranging from 4 to 66 moves. From a puzzler’s point of view the 59-move box has the most interesting sequence of moves, even better than the 66. A few large puzzle boxes have exceptional numbers of moves, such as 78, 122, 119, or 125.   These are made by Yoshio Okiyama, who is more than 80 years old, and is a legend in Hakone Himitsu-bako.   He chooses his own wood, cures it, cuts it to size, and to make a long story short does everything himself except make the Yosegi that he applies to the boxes.   He is the grandson of one of the first puzzle box craftsman from Hakone.   He has retired and has made his last box.   Mr. Okiyama died in 2003."

The distinctive mark of craftstudio "IZUMIYA" is inside this box.   The "IZUMIYA MARK" certifies the best quality Himitsu-Bako among others.

This  link will show the kinds of woods used in the thin veneer yosegi patterns used .

Tut's Trial . . . . . start point

This is yet another version of The Tower Of Hanoi
(my version: The  Tower Of Creation )

spread out

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3 invisible 'pegs'