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Dissected Map of the United States

Dissected Map of the United States
Title
Dissected Map of the United States
Date 
1887
Medium 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions 
box: 1 x 9 1/2 x 6 7/8 in. ( 2.5 x 24.1 x 17.5 cm )
Description 
"Dissected Map of the United States" picture puzzle with 32 pieces in a cardboard box; cover lithographed with an illustration in various colors of a woman and a child looking a puzzle pieces in front of a window; box cover inscribed, "DISSECTED/ MAP/ of the/ UNITED/ STATES/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S/ NEW YORK."
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.754
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "DISSECTED/ MAP/ of the/ UNITED/ STATES/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S/ NEW YORK."
Gallery Label 
Invented in England in the 1760s, jigsaw puzzles, originally created to teach geography, were known as "dissected maps." Before long, maps were followed by dissected pictures of alphabets, historical events, botany, and zoology. The introduction of the treadle saw in 1880 made the cutting of jigsaw puzzles faster and easier, leading to an explosion of American puzzle production. School children were the primary audience for puzzles until manufacturers moved into the adult market around 1907.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group