# Early 1900's Paper Puzzle - Release the Key and Live Forever

So this puzzle was found in an old attic and was a religious invitation. Release the key and you could send it in to receive a Bible based book. Apparently 1000's were made but I can find mo other information about it, nor can I find the solution. Here's what I do know.

The 3 parts are made from completely different colors of paper so it could not have been manufactured from a single piece. This means that someone had to assemble it and it should be able to be undone. While the corners are worn, I inspected them closely and they have not been torn or cut. Anyone seen this before or have any clues to getting the key off?

• The patent number on there refers to a U.S. patent. The specification, which is available online, describes both how the puzzle was manufactured and how to solve it. – msh210 Dec 26 '19 at 15:42
• @msh210 that would make a good answer since OP asks about if anyone has seen it before. patents.google.com/patent/US695059 – qwr Dec 27 '19 at 0:30
• Not the intended answer but I'm thinking take two of these, cut the brown paper of one and keep the freed key and red tag, then cut the tag of the second and keep the in-tact brown paper. – nathanchere Dec 27 '19 at 16:08
• This looks like it was released by the "International Bible Students Association" of Brooklyn. Today they are known as the Jehovah's Witnesses. – Robert Columbia Dec 27 '19 at 16:35

It could be done with some slight folding of the paper, be careful though.

1) Carefully pull the bottom corners of the paper together. 2) Make sure that the bottom part of the paper, the strip under the hole, bends outwards away from the rest of the paper. 3) Carefully pull the red paperdrop towards you, pulling the paperstrip through the hole of the keyhandle. 4) Deattach the paperdrop through the hole the strip formed after it was pulled through the handle. 5) Take the now free key and go claim your bible!

• Thanks Bjorn! Its worked. Take care! – Eric Lang Dec 26 '19 at 21:48
• alternatively ebyy gur qebc vagb n plyvaqre – Jasen Dec 27 '19 at 4:25
• I would like to see a video of this solution because I still can't picture it – nathanchere Dec 27 '19 at 16:09
• @nathanchere; I've posted a picture which might help you see Bjorn's solution. – JMP Apr 20 at 8:12

A picture to illustrate Bjorn's solution:

The paper from the main leaflet is pulled through the hole in the key to allow one of the red discs through the loop created and release the seal and therefore the key..

The magician Rick Lax has made a video explaining how to solve a pretty similar puzzle (it's a link on his Facebook page, hope it's not against the rules linking it)

Video explanation