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''My Town'' Custom Aerial Map Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

$139.95

Price: $139.95

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Give a one-of-a-kind heirloom with this wooden Victorian jigsaw puzzle based on the U.S. Geological Survey map of your choice. The map slowly reveals itself piece by piece as you assemble your neighborhood, starting with familiar areas and discovering new ones along the way. Pick any street address in the United States and we'll craft a 300-piece puzzle using 3mm European birch plywood, with your chosen address at the center of a six-by-four-mile scale map.


Not only is each piece of the puzzle a different shape, but 15 of the pieces are novelty shapes called "whimsies," because puzzle-makers in the 19th century cut them on a whim. Your map puzzle will show main roads, contour lines, water features, vegetation, and notable buildings.


See the alternate views above for examples of what puzzles might look like for urban, suburban, and rural areas. Pictured here are USGS maps for New York City; Stockbridge, Massachusetts; San Fernando, California; Twenty Nine Palms, California; Portland, Maine; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; and Walhala, South Carolina.


Arrives in a drawstring cotton bag within a handsome storage box. Specify recipient's full U.S. address, including street number and name, city, state, and zip code.


Please note: Personalized items cannot be returned unless damaged or defective. Please check your order carefully; once placed, your order for this item cannot be canceled. Specify your U.S. postal address for the delivery location. Puzzles are made in the UK and sent to the U.S. for delivery by the U.S. Postal Service. We regret that shipment tracking information is not available for these items. Please allow 2–3 weeks for delivery.


  • 18 1/2"W x 12 1/4"H.
  • This puzzle now comes with a reference image of your chosen location.

Which mapping base is used? We use the Delorme North America Raster Map base. This is a modern, street-style, topographical map base, which reveals most major roads and names many but not all streets, towns, cities, lakes, streams, and selected points of interest. The mapping also includes contours and a subtle relief shading effect.


How old is the mapping? The Delorme mapping we use is taken from their 2012 dataset.


How much area will my puzzle cover? The puzzle always covers six miles east to west and four miles north to south. The center will have a house-shaped piece, which is a good place to start!


Will my street be named? Not always. Delorme includes more than 7.1 million miles of roads in this dataset. They aim to label as many streets as possible but there isn’t space to label every street. There is a balance between naming every street and leaving room to display other local information such as neighborhood names and points of interest.


Why is my jigsaw not centered correctly? We have invested in the latest up-to-date technology to help us center on a full street address with zip code. However, in some rural areas the geocoding engines cannot site center with as much accuracy as is possible with more urban areas; in rare circumstances, your house may be slightly off center. If this happens, all we need is the latitude and longitude of your chosen center point to re-create your puzzle to that exact location.


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Horrible waste of money!

By Ed

from Lancaster, NY

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        Nasty photo which is not current and not zoomed in enough. Can't see your house. I bought this as a gift for my nephews and will throw it away. National Geo should refund this sham but won't.

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        • No
         
        3.0

        Great puzzle, wrong place!

        By That Library Lady

        from Cardwell, Montana

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        Pros

        • Great Image Definition
        • Quality Puzzle Pieces

        Cons

        • Completely Wrong Location

        Best Uses

          I should have called and provided map coordinates and not just gone solely with the street address, as the online purchase process requests. On the re-do, the customer service person suggested I provide map coordinates, to be certain the next one is correct. Order over-carefully!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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