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Sectional Steamer & Hose
Springfield, Mass: Milton Bradle, 1880. Puzzle in Box. Fine. Complete sliced puzzle with 40 pieces and box. The chromolithographed pieces assemble to form a 5" x 3.5' panoramic street scene featuring four racing late 1800s horse-drawn fire wagons. The box and pieces are all in nice shape. One of the pieces has a very slight crease. The puzzle is far more colorful and detailed than the illustration on the box top. There are two variations of this puzzle, each showing different types of fire wagons. This example includes a chemical pumper wagon, a hose wagon, a water tower wagon, and a steam fire engine. (The other includes a hook and ladder, an insurance vehicle, a different steamer, and different hose and chemical wagons. As of 2017, OCLC shows only one of these original puzzles held by an institution, Princeton, however the New York Historical Society also has an example. There none for sale in the trade. There are no auction records in the ABPC or Rare Book Hub databases, however Worthpoint lists one complete and one partial puzzle as having been sold at auction in the last five years.
      [Bookseller: Read 'Em Again Books, ABAA]
Last Found On: 2018-02-26           Check availability:      Biblio    

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