Free Puzzles: Can You Find the Hidden Picture?

“Our Pictorial Puzzle Department. Can You Find the Hidden Picture?” The Weiser Signal (Weiser, ID), July 26, 1902.

Do you ever feel like there’s something right in front of you that you’re just missing? Some of the hidden picture puzzles in our historic newspapers can drive you to distraction with their clever lines and stealthy images! But if you enjoy going on the hunt for clues and missing objects, then these are puzzles for you.

“Find the Hidden Summer Girls.” The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA), June 29, 1913.

Hidden picture puzzles have been around for centuries in various forms and popularized in today’s culture by Where’s Waldo and other puzzle books. They are also frequent favorites in children’s sections of newspapers. But make no mistake, these puzzles are tough enough for adults too! And they are easy to find in our Chronicling America* collection of historic newspapers. Just search for the term “hidden picture” and you will find plenty of these puzzles!

“FUN’s Puzzle of the Missing Children.” The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA), April 20, 1913.

Have you found everything in these pictures? Here are a few more. Let us know how you did and if you found anything interesting in the comments!

“Can You Solve These?” Worcester Democrat and the Ledger-Enterprise (Pokomoke City, MD), February 18, 1938.

“Funland.” Evening Star (Washington, DC), May 9, 1937.

“Our Pictorial Picture Department. Can You Find the Hidden Picture?” Cañon City Record (Cañon City, CO), December 11, 1902.

In case you missed it, take a look at the other puzzles from our historic newspapers:

Free Puzzles through Chronicling America: Maze Edition

Free Puzzles: Can You Read this Rebus?

* The Chronicling America historic newspapers online collection is a product of the National Digital Newspaper Program and jointly sponsored by the Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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