Jigsaw Puzzles Based on Maps

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Jigsaw puzzles based on maps hold a unique place in the history of jigsaw puzzles. If a "dissected map" was not the first jigsaw puzzle, it must have been introduced shortly thereafter. Linda Hannas, in her "The English Jigsaw Puzzle: 1760 to 1890", cites a "Dissected Map of Europe", dated circa 1766. The following is a brief sampling of the jigsaw puzzles which have been based on maps.

Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map U.S.
"Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map of the United States"
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Teach-a-ToyTM , late 40's to early 50's.

Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map U.S.
"Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map of the United States",
Teach-a-ToyTM , late 1940's to early 1950's.

Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map U.S. (BOX)
"Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map of the United States"
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by HASBROTM , c. 1959 [Box].

Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map U.S. (Puzzle)
"Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map of the United States"
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by HASBROTM , c. 1959 [Puzzle].

Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map U.S.
"Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map of the United States"
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by HASBROTM , circa 1959-1960.

Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map U.S.
"Plastic Puzzle Inlaid Map of the United States"
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by HASBROTM , late 40's to early 50's.

Australia"Australia",
WADDINGTON'STM "Shaped Jig-Map", Great Britain.

South America"South America",
WADDINGTON'STM "Shaped Jig-Map", Great Britain.

India"India",
WADDINGTON'STM "Shaped Jig-Map", made by PARKER BROS.TM .
India puzzle pictures and info (above and to the right) kindly provided by Kevin Moore. See much more on these.

insert1. city tabs2.
1. The page [insert] that comes with the puzzle that explains that you can remove pieces from the completed map and insert the same sized pieces with city names on them. This is designed to be somewhat of a game.
2. The city name pieces still in their holder.

Europe (Puzzle)"Europe",
VICTORYTM Geographical Puzzle, Great Britain [Puzzle].

Europe (Box)"Europe",
VICTORYTM Geographical Puzzle, Great Britain [Box].


US MapMap of the United States, by MCLOUGHLIN.

U.S. Cut on State Lines
"United States Cut on State Lines"
, with Map of world on reverse, MILTON BRADLEYTM , c. 40's or 50's.

Puzzle Map U.S.
"Puzzle Map of United States"
, with Map of world on reverse, an ALL-FAIRTM puzzle, c. late 40's.

U.S. Inlaid Map Puzzle
"United States Inlaid Map Puzzle"
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by BUILT-RITETM , 1950's.

U.S. Inlaid Map Puzzle
"United States Inlaid Map Puzzle"
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by SAALFIELDTM , 1950.

Growth of a Nation
"Growth of a Nation Inlaid Map"
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by BUILT-RITETM

World Map Jigsaw Puzzle World Map Jigsaw Puzzle"

Map of the World
SPRINGBOKTM "Map of the World"

U.S. Map
"Map of the United States"
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by MILTON BRADLEYTM .

"A set of 48 salt & pepper shakers, in the shape of the United States!".
Map Configuration

"Shaker" Configuration

Chris McCann's book,Master Pieces: the Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles.

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