Brain-Teaser 252: Blocks

From The Sunday Times, 27th February 1966 [link]

“See these eleven blocks?”, says a so-called friend. “Four of them of 8 inch thickness, two of them of 4 inch thickness, three of 3 inch and two of 1 inch thickness”.

“Pile them in a column 51 inches high with a 3 inch block at the bottom so that, remaining in position, individual blocks or combinations of adjacent blocks can be used to measure every thickness in exact inches from 1 inch to 48 inches”.

In what order do they stand?

This puzzle was included in the book Sunday Times Brain Teasers (1974, edited by Ronald Postill).

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