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A New Dissected Map of the United States

Object Number: 
2000.547
Date: 
ca. 1887
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 2 x 15 1/4 x 10 5/8 in. ( 5.1 x 38.7 x 27 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "A/ NEW/ DISSECTED MAP/ OF THE/ United States/ McLOUGHLIN/ BROS./ N.Y"
Description: 
"A New Dissected Map of the United States" picture puzzle with 59 pieces and a printed, folded illustration of the puzzle in wooden box covered in striped paper with a cardboard interior; cover lithographed with an illustration in various colors of Liberty dressed in white gown with blue drapery, seated on rock in pastoral setting holding an open atlas on her lap with representation of Native American standing next to her with a feather headdress, bear claw necklace, and moccasins, holding bow, quiver of arrows lying on ground; box cover inscribed, "A/ NEW/ DISSECTED MAP/ OF THE/ United States/ McLOUGHLIN/ BROS./ N.Y".
Gallery Label: 
Children kept current with the geography of their expanding nation by completing map puzzles of the United States. Here, the area that became the future state of Oklahoma in 1907 is labeled Indian Territory, and the Dakotas, which entered the Union as North and South Dakota in 1889, appear as a single territory.
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group