New Jersey Puzzle Map
Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle, 1930

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detail: box New Jersey Puzzle Map
New Jersey
Bamberger, Newark, New Jersey: April, 1930
Wood jigsaw puzzle
14 x 8.75 inches, puzzle
10.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches, original pinewood box
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Pictorial map of New Jersey in the form of a wooden jigsaw puzzle comprised of 242 pieces. Published and sold by Bamberger, a New Jersey department store that was later taken over by Macy's.

Numerous pictorial graphics appear throughout the map showing places of interest such as Rutgers College, Hansel and Gretel House (with a witch sitting out front), George Washington Bridge, the country's first Indian reservation (with stereotypical teepees), Lakehurst (with a zeppelin), and the State Reform School (with a teacher chiding students). Agricultural products are illustrated, including peaches, cucumbers, and tomatoes. A compass rose features the ship of Giovanni Verrazano in its center and a rope being climbed by men forms a decorative border on the vertical edges. Mile markers appear around the border.

Title Cartouche: "New Jersey to you, but Nova Caesarea to the early settlers who lived here when the land was named in honor of Sir George Carteret, governor of the English island of Jersey from 1643 to 1651. The first visitor to the famous Jersey coast was a Florentine navigator, Giovanni da Verrazano who sailed within Sandy Hook in the Spring of 1524. Nowadays visitors come in enormous numbers-by boat, by train, by airplane, by bus, through the Holland Tunnel and over the new bridges."

The original wooden box with sliding cover has its two original labels. The outer label provides information on the contents of the box and the inner handwritten label provides manufacturing information including the number of pieces, date of creation, and the people who sawed, polished, and inspected the box and puzzle.