New York lithographers Currier & Ives became justly famous during the later 19th century for the mass production of popular art prints. The firm incorporated in 1857 as "publishers of cheap and popular prints" on every subject imaginable. Currier & Ives became the largest publisher of lithographs in the world and the firm lasted until about 1906, when other forms of printing began to become popular.
The firm produced "Puzzle Picture / The Old Swiss Mill" in 1872 as both a decorative landscape and an example of a hidden image puzzle. Figures of people and animals are hidden throughout the design.