Sam Loyd Timeline
Take a journey through our milestones.

Current-2016

2016

The Sam Loyd Company celebrates The Famous Trick Donkeys 145 years anniversary with a limited edition card and a series of videos.

The Famous Trick Donkeys Puzzle design and text becomes a registered and protected trademark by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
This is added to the number of other trademarks that are registered and protect this world recognised puzzle.

Due the hight demand for its website The Sam Loyd Company launches an updated design and makes it mobile friendly.

2012

The Sam Loyd Company begins to bring to life a number of Sam Loyd black and white puzzles by adding color. The reaction from fans and collectors is that the puzzles look “truly amazing” and are coming to life.

The Sam Loyd Company sends its 150th School Pack designed to help educators use Sam Loyd as a teaching aide.

The Sam Loyd Company creates the very first action figure based on the Warrior puzzle. It is a handmade limited edition.

2011

The company celebrates Sam Loyd’s 170th birthday on January 30th. The Trick Mules one of Sam Loyd most successful puzzles celebrates its 140th anniversary. It is still as challenging as it was in 1871. A commemorative edition is released and is limited to 1000 cards. April 10 marks 100 years since Sam Loyd passed away in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Sam Loyd’s website samloyd.com has over 3 million hits.

2010

The Sam Loyd Company releases five of Sam Loyd’s original advertising cards including his very first The Wonderful Chinese Pony Puzzle, along with the Tracing Puzzle, Trick Mules and the Grant Puzzle. Samloyd.com gets 2million hits.

2009

Puzzle of Teddy and the Lion celebrates 100 years since Sam Loyd created it back in 1909. Samloyd.com reaches over 1million hits.

2008

The Sam Loyd Company refreshes puzzles found in the Cyclopedia and introduces them in a new format with color. Puzzles from Sam Loyd’s Puzzles A Book for Children first published in 1912 are re-introduced on the website. The Sam Loyd Company publishes Sam Loyd’s Classic Puzzles, Get Off the Earth, The Lost Man, Puzzle of Teddy and the Lion and Famous Trick Donkeys in their orignal formats just the way Sam Loyd first had them published.

2007

Sam Loyd’s Trick Donkeys Puzzle and The Pony Puzzle are republished. The Sam Loyd Company is established to promote, educate, publish and protect Sam Loyd’s work and legacy for everyone. Sam Loyd’s website is updated to become Sam Loyd’s Office and includes his biography and Cyclopedia. Visitors can also play the ‘Get Off the Earth’ Puzzle on line. International Sam Loyd domain names are registered in Japan, China, Italy, Germany, Spain, India, Australia, New Zealand and the European Community to name a few so as to promote the website to an international market.

2006

Sam Loyd’s ‘Get Off the Earth’ Puzzle is republished as a commemorative edition to celebrate 110 years since Sam Loyd received his patent. Puzzle sells out and collectors ask to have Loyd’s other puzzles republished.

2005

Work is started on republishing Sam Loyd’s ‘Get Off the Earth’ Puzzle. Samuelloyd.com domain name is registered. The first ever website dedicated to Sam Loyd’s ‘Get Off the Earth’ Puzzle goes live.

1897-1934

1934

Sam Loyd dies at his home in Brooklyn on February 1934 and is buried near his father.

1928

Sam Loyd and his Puzzles, An autobiographical review is published by Barse & Co, N. J.

1927

Sam Loyd’s Tricks and Puzzles is published by Experimenter Publishing Company Inc.

1924

Sam Loyd’s Picture Puzzles is published by James Butler. ‘Get of the Earth Puzzle’ puzzle is republished.

1914

‘Our Puzzle Magazine’ is edited and consolidated into one large booked titled ‘ Sam Loyd’s Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles, Tricks, and Conundrums with Answers’ which has been called the most exciting puzzle, book to have ever been published.

1912

Sam Loyd’s Puzzles A Book for Children is published by David McKay. Philadelphia.

1911

Loyd’s last interview appears in The Delineator Magazine. Sam Loyd dies at his home in Brooklyn USA , April 10. Walther, Loyd’s son, changes name to Sam Loyd and continues his fathers work.

1910

Loyd’s last issue of ‘Our Puzzle Magazine is published.

1909

Loyd inspired by former United States President Theodore Roosevelt’s safari to Africa , creates the last of his vanishing puzzles, and calls it, ‘Puzzle of Teddy and the Lion’.

1907

Loyd begins to consolidate his newspaper and magazine puzzles into a monthly publication titled ‘Our Puzzle Magazine’ with his son Walther. Loyd is interviewed by George Grantham Bain for The Strand Magazine.

1902

As well as head of Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s puzzle department, Loyd begins his monthly puzzle page in the Woman’s Home Companion.

1897

Loyd begins to consolidate his newspaper and magazine puzzles into a monthly publication titled ‘Our Puzzle Magazine’ with his son Walther. Loyd is interviewed by George Grantham Bain for The Strand Magazine.

1841-1896

1896

Loyd patents the ‘Get Off the Earth’ Puzzle, that is later called the greatest mechanical puzzle ever invented. Over 20 million are distributed. He also becomes head of Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s puzzle department.

1972

Loyd continues to publish puzzle cards including Comical Transformations.

1971

Loyd creates the ‘Trick Donkey’s’ puzzle, which he later sells to circus founder P. T. Barnum for $10,000. Millions are distributed.

1870

Sam Loyd’s Picture Puzzles is published by James Butler. ‘Get of the Earth Puzzle’ puzzle is republished.

1868

Loyd creates ‘The Pony Puzzle’ on his return trip from Europe with Andrew G. Curtain, then Minister to Russia . It was based on the White Horse Monument on Uffington Hill, Berkshire , England . He later states that is was “as a matter of fact most successful puzzle”.

1857

At sixteen he becomes problem editor of the Chess Monthly.

1855

Loyd’s first chess problem published in the New York Saturday Courier.

1844

Loyd’s father a successful real estate operator moves family from Philadelphia to New York where Sam attends public school until the age of 17.

1841

January 30th, birth of Samuel Loyd in Philadelphia USA.

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