Brooklyn Bridge Block Ball Puzzle

Object Number: 
2000.730ab
Date: 
1883-1900
Medium: 
Wood, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 x 18 x 1 in. ( 15.2 x 45.7 x 2.5 cm )
Inscriptions: 
lithographed: on the cover and the interior: "B B B B PUZZLE/ BROOKLYN BRIDGE BLOCK BALL PUZZLE/ THE B. B. B. B. PUZZLE."
Description: 
Long, rectangular mechanical puzzle with twenty-five balls and twenty-five blocks; lithographed image on the cover and inside of the Brooklyn Bridge with steamships and sailing vessels in the harbor below; cover and interior inscribed, "B B B B PUZZLE/ BROOKLYN BRIDGE BLOCK BALL PUZZLE/ THE B. B. B. B. PUZZLE."
Gallery Label: 
This challenging combination puzzle depicts New York's majestic Brooklyn Bridge, opened for surface traffic in 1883, and the East River teeming with steamships and sailing vessels.
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group