Several years ago I bought a lot of vintage children's books at an auction. This puzzle came with those books. I've held on to it for several years. It was made in 1964, and it is likely I used a similar puzzle in school. It speaks to a time when life was more straightforward. You went to school, you chose what you wanted to do in life, and then you did it. Although the milkman has somehow disappeared from this puzzle set and has probably gone off to Hollywood to be a Big Star.
Remember milkmen? I'm really showing my age here, but when I was a girl the milk companies delivered milk straight to people's houses. It came in glass bottles. There used to be insulated metal boxes like the one below, where the milkman put your milk when it was delivered.
Image from Luncheonettevintage
Yeah, I know. I'm not only getting older I'm waxing nostalgic. Life really was simpler. Back then you did something as a "career". I'm not sure if that even exists nowadays in the old-fashioned sense. There's nothing nowadays to stop you from being a milkman for a while, and then doing something else. Careers that span 40 years with the same employer are rare in our time.
Before I send this off to the recycling center for some other Baby Boomer to discover, I thought I'd share some of the graphics with you.
Ah, the simple life. ;-)