Cube Puzzle for the Blind

Cube Puzzle for the Blind

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This model is a cube made up of twenty-seven blocks of the same size. The eight blocks at the corners are identical. They have opposite sides marked with an apple and a dog, and remaining visible sides marked with the letters and numbers A, 1, and J. On each face, the middle blocks along the edge are identical, with the letters O, K, E, and I, an image of a butterfly, and an image of an elephant. A different number shows in the center of each face of the large cube. The blocks are glued so that there is one 1 x 1x 1 cube, one 2 x 2 x 2 cube, three 2 x 2 x 1 blocks and three 2 x 1 x 1 blocks. This puzzle is designed for the blind. For young children, the goal is simply to assemble the pieces into a cube. For older children, the goal is to form a cube with the proviso that the one and six, the two and five, and the three and four occur on opposite faces of the big cube.
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Object Name
Date made
1997 (about)
Farrell, Jeremiah P.
place made
United States: Indiana, Indianapolis
overall: 9.2 cm x 9.2 cm x 9.2 cm; 3 5/8 in x 3 5/8 in x 3 5/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
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Credit Line
Gift of Jeremiah P. Farrell
Mathematical Recreations
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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