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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Trade Card Tuesday: A Puzzlement

Victorian trade cards often used puzzles to help peddle their wares.  The cards below are examples of rebus puzzles - word play using pictures, letters and words to illustrate a common phrase or saying.

These cards are all from the Standard Sewing Machine Company of Cleveland, Ohio.  The company formed in the late 1880s and was bought out by Singer in the 1930s.

The last card is a little different from the first 3, and a little harder to figure out.
Let me know via the comments if you need a hint!

If you enjoy rebus puzzles, here's a link to a nice collection.  If you need some hints, scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to the answers!


  1. Hmmm...I only get part of the last card. I never was good at this stuff. Oh well. Love the other ones.

  2. I can't figure out the last one, the second to the last one, I know the last part is strike while the iron is hot, but the first part, branch key note lo fortune?

  3. boy that last one is tough! these are fun!

  4. Sorry I'm late in stopping by. I always look forward to your Trade Card Tuesdays but have been away from blogging due to a mishap! I have never heard of these types of trade cards. As usual, you have put together a very informative and intriguing post. I think they're quite clever.