"Dissected Map of the United States", McLoughlin Bros.
Subject: Cartographic Miscellany - United States Puzzle
Period: 1903 (circa)
Color: Printed Color
20.5 x 13 inches
52.1 x 33 cm
Great chromolithographed jigsaw puzzle of the United States, complete with the wooden box but missing the paper guide map. The box cover illustration features a female representation of America with the stars and stripes and other symbols of the nation. The map shows Oklahoma and Indian Territory and includes Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm that pioneered the systematic use of color printing technologies in children's books, particularly between 1858 and 1920. The firm's publications served to popularize illustrators including Thomas Nast, William Momberger, Justin H. Howard, Palmer Cox, and Ida Waugh. By 1886, the firm published a wide range of items including scrapbooks, large folio picture books, linen books, puzzles, games and paper dolls. A beautiful puzzle and box in remarkable condition. Inscribed in pencil on the box bottom is the name of Bertha Paul, of Newport, New Hampshire, who received this as a Christmas gift in 1903.
Puzzle pieces are near mint, box with some chipping of paper covering sides with top panel loose. Some juvenal pencil marks and a couple of small punctures on box cover.