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There are three different illustrations - Barnum's Museum, a busy railway station and a scene from a circus - in this boxed set of blocks.

The blocks are made from wood, and have a paper illustration pasted on to one surface - this is protected by a coat of varnish - and they look gently used and in good condition.

They are stored in a stout cardboard box - with a illustration from the original set on the lid - and, although it is still brightly coloured, the illustration looks rather shabby.


Each of the three puzzles is 1 inch wide by 1 and 3/16th inches high (approx 2.5cm x 3cm)

The box is just big enough to hold them, so it is a little bit larger than this.


In the late 1880s, the McLoughlin Brothers Company had the largest colour lithography printing plant in the US, and they produced huge quantities of all sorts of games, toys and books - usually of the most beautiful quality.

The illustrations that I have used for this set come from their Unequalled A B C and Building Blocks and they differ from the originals in two respects -

Both sides of the original blocks were illustrated - the reverse had letters of the alphabet.

In my version the backs of the blocks are plain.

The original blocks were divided in to 12 small squares with two larger triangles at the top.

In my version the 12 small squares have become 6, slightly larger, oblongs.

It is, however, possible to cut the blocks in to their original 12 small squares – PLEASE SEE LAST PHOTO - but they are very small and do get lost easily..


This miniature set of puzzles contains very small pieces. It is not a “toy” – it is a “collector’s item”

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RETURNS: accepted for any reason - if returned within 3 working days

Dolls' House Miniature Set of McLoughlin Picture Puzzle Blocks


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: acid free paper, water based glue, water based varnish, wood
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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