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Igloos and Hulas

Douglas Wood Submitted by Douglas Wood
September 5th, 2011
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These puzzles are from 1959, the year Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states, respectively, motivating toy companies to exploit the statehoods to make some $$.

The concept for these puzzles is kind of cool and one I haven’t seen since:  Before assembling, you have to first match the blank puzzle pieces  with the perforated illustrations, then lick the backs of the illustrations and stick them on, to be used over and over again.   The two illustrations below haven’t yet been separated.

You can see the perforated not-yet-separated illustrations better in these two puzzles:


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11 Responses to “Igloos and Hulas”

  1. Allee Willis Allee Willis says:

    This is rare for so many reasons. 1st of all, I’ve never seen it before. And I never saw anything that honored the two “new” states like that. Then I love that they’re puzzles but they really make the kids work for it, lining everything up and licking everything and then sticking it on. I wonder how much that saved them in the manufacturing process?

    Colors are fantastic.

    How big are these?

  2. denny denny says:

    Love these! Doug, you have the best kitsch!

  3. k2dtw k2dtw says:

    Great post!!.. A “new states” collectible???…WOW

  4. Celiene Celiene says:

    Age 3? Wow – either kids were much smarter then (Yeah, probably) or they were giving the little kinders too much credit!

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