Puzzles Created by Milton Bradley Co

Milton Bradley has been producing jigsaw puzzles since the late 1860s and continues right up to today as a division of Hasbro Co. Over the years it has produced cardboard and wood versions of adult and children’s puzzles, but its production of hand-cut wood puzzles ended in the early1940s. During the 1930s, its hand-cut series were Premier, Piedmont, Beach and Chevy Chase.

6 puzzles in this collection

20148

Blowing Bubbles

The artwork of Frances Tipton Hunter often appears in jigsaw puzzles, probably because of its human interest appeal. This well known, colorful and detailed picture was cut as a Premier series puzzle by #89 for Milton Bradley Co, Springfield, MA in the 1930s with 21 figure pieces and color line cutting, and is a delight to assemble with children. Milton Bradley has been producing jigsaw puzzles since the late 1860s and continues right up to today as a division of Hasbro Co. Over the years it has produced cardboard and wood versions of adult and children’s puzzles, but its production of hand-cut wood puzzles ended in the early1940s. During the 1930s, its hand-cut series were Premier, Piedmont, Beach and Chevy Chase.

20538

Bruin's Surprise

This bear should never have stood up as he is presenting an ideal target for the shooter while the other camper scurries for his rifle as backup. Artist is probably Philip R. Goodwin. Premier puzzle made by Milton Bradley Co, Springfield, MA, 1930s, plywood, interlocking, cut partially along color lines with 8 figure pieces.

218

In the Garden of Dreams

The top line of puzzles produced by Milton Bradley Co, of Springfield, MA in the 1930s was its Premier brand. Featuring some color line cutting and figure pieces (22 in puzzle displayed), its puzzles did not really match its competition, Parker Brothers’ Pastime puzzles, but still are considered very nice puzzles. Artist in this puzzle is Chester K. Van Nortwick; art date is c.1929.

M3

Massachusetts

Dissected Map puzzle made by Milton Bradley Co, Springfield, MA 1915. Pressboard, edge interlocking, center color line cut along county lines.

255

Music Hath Charms

One characteristic feature of Premier puzzles made by Milton Bradley in the 1930s is the squiggly cutting other than figure pieces. Even much of the color line cutting was usually cut with squiggles. Another charming picture by artist Hy Hintermeister (c.1930).

666

Red Demon of the Forest

Confrontation here is not man v. bear, rather, man and bear v. forest fire. Artist is Philip R. Goodwin. Box includes insert describing forest fires and Goodwin's background. Chatham Jig puzzle made by Milton Bradley Co, Springfield, cardboard, interlocking.