This wonderful boxed set of three puzzles once belonged to the son of an Oakland, CA Fireman. What fun this Victorian youngster must have had putting the puzzles together while imagining his father’s firefighting adventures!

The puzzle was made in 1912 by the Milton Bradley company. This prolific company was founded in 1860 in Springfield, MA and is the oldest game manufacturer in the United States. Ehow describes the company’s history in the paragraphs below:


Milton Bradley is named after the company’s founder, who started it in1860 in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. His first game was called The Checkered Game of Life, which later became The Game of Life–one of the company’s staples.

The Kindergarten Movement

Bradley was deeply influenced by the kindergarten movement in the late 19th century, which stated that children’s inherent creativity helps them to learn. He dedicated his company towards furthering that movement, and made many contributions to local kindergarten schools.

James J. Shea

After Bradley’s death, the company’s fortunes declined until it teetered on the verge of bankruptcy. James J. Shea was brought in as president in 1941 and turned things around by selling a kit of Milton Bradley games for soldiers fighting in the war.


Hasbro purchased the company in 1984. It maintained the brand name and has continued to produce games under the Milton Bradley line ever since.

Successful Games

The company has produced numerous classic games in its history, including Battleship in 1931, Candyland in 1949, Yahtzee in 1956, Mouse Trap in 1963, Operation in 1965, Twister in 1966, Connect Four in 1974, Simon in 1977 and Axis and Allies in 1984.

It is known that the company produced a number of other puzzle sets in the 1910s – including a best-selling line featuring wrecked vehicles which was very popular with young boys. 

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