Dissected Map of the United States

Object Number: 
2000.754
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 )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "DISSECTED/ MAP/ of the/ UNITED/ STATES/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S/ NEW YORK."
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."
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.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group