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National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle

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$39.95

Price: $39.95

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Our custom map puzzle brings you even closer to your most meaningful place. For centuries, maps have helped us make sense of the world around us. This unique jigsaw puzzle lets you discover even more about the areas you know well. Your journey starts with a house-shaped center piece and grows, one “ah-ha!” moment at a time, into a six-by-four-mile topographic map. Streams and roads, forests and lakes reveal themselves as your 400-piece puzzle takes shape, resulting in a distinctive perspective on the places that mean the most to you. 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. Please allow 2–3 weeks for delivery. U.S. postal addresses only.


12 1/4"W x 18 1/2"L completed.


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.


REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle
 
3.6

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      Best Uses

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes (20), No (6)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        The "My Town " Puzzle is a great idea .

        The map puzzle shows our relatives' geography
        very well . We think they will be pleased with
        the gift .

        The map puzzle shows our relatives' geography
        very well . We think they will be pleased with
        the gift .

        VS

        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Disappointing

        Location not marked, Contained too much ocean and not enough of the peninsula we wanted.

        Location not marked, Contained too much ocean and not enough of the peninsula we wanted.

        Reviewed by 28 customers

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Maybe Not So Good for Rural Settings

        By Spenser Amadeus

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clever concept

        Cons

        • Not Much Detail In Map

        Best Uses

          Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

          I thought the map was a very cool idea to send a taste of home to someone who had moved from the middle-of-nowhere U.S.A. all the way to Czech Republic. When I saw the map I was disappointed in the lack of details in the topography. Maybe the countryside where he grew up was perfectly flat. Maybe there were no ponds or streams in the area. But the picture was just a whole lotta nothing. Maybe there would be more to see in a more populated rather than rural setting or in a hilly area like Pittsburgh, where I live, but this topographical map seems to be as flat as a pancake.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Disappointed!!!!

          By GiGi

          from Pittsburgh, Pa

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • good quqlity

          Cons

          • Where's The Street Name

          Best Uses

            Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

            Good quality puzzle, but we can't find the address name on the map? What's the purpose of the street name if you're not going to print it??

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Nice idea. Needs work

            By Mark

            from North Carolina

            Verified Reviewer

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                  Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                  I was excited to get this puzzle, being a map fan and lifelong NG subscriber. The best aspect of this puzzle is the note on the side of the box: "Your Purchase Makes a Difference: All of your purchases support the National Geographic mission..." The puzzle itself is good workmanship. Nice cloth bag, and almost no "jigsaw dust," which pleased me. The map itself is not even close to what I would expect from National Geographic. The quality of the map rivals Mapquest...circa 1999. Map labels look like dot matrix print, and far too many street names are misspelled: "Cemetary," "Cave" instead of "Cove," and more. I also would have preferred to have the option of selecting the scale of the map. Rural areas map out better on a wider scale. These deficiencies certainly do not detract from the skill required to assemble the puzzle. The separate printout of the map helped a great deal, especially since much of the map is green topography with no roads. If I was ordering this from a discount store, I probably wouldn't complain, but I don't think it's unfair to hold National Geographic to a much higher standard, especially for an custom, upscale map item.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great fun.

                  By Kathy

                  from Hot Springs, AR

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                        I really loved this product. One quirk is that the streets which are labeled aren't necessarily the most important ones, but they appear to be in the right place. I am glad a map was enclosed so I could check before sending as a gift.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        5.0

                        Great Idea...Very We'll Done!

                        By TBM

                        from Colorado mountains

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Gift
                        • Personalized
                        • Wonderful idea
                        • Wonderful Idea Very Pers

                        Cons

                        • Challenging Puzzle

                        Best Uses

                        • Hang As A Picture

                        Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                        This made a great gift, very personal (in it's own way).

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Horrible!

                        By MSG DICKSON

                        from NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES of AMERICA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

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                            • trash

                            Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                            Had to wait an excessive amount of time, well past the advertised amount to get this item! When it did arrive it was some other address! Contacted customer service and gave them the EXACT Lat Long and had them verify it on Google maps, after another wait of two and one half months the item arrived! WRONG ADDRESS! I would not waste my time or money on this item. Item came from overseas, not even made in America!

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            My Town Custom Map puzzle

                            By Party Marti

                            from Slatington, PA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Difficult Satisfying
                            • Fun But Challenging
                            • Learned Street Names

                            Cons

                            • none

                            Best Uses

                            • Conversation piece
                            • Will Frame

                            Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                            We leaned the names of streets in our area which we did not know before. Putting the puzzle together was sometimes difficult but we enjoyed the challenge. We will frame the finished map and hang it in our foyer for visitors to enjoy.

                            We sent a "MY TOWN" to our son's family who just purchased a beach house. As they have the challenge of putting the puzzle together they will learn about the area and will frame it to hang in their home away from home.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            A New View of Your Neighborhood

                            By Brownie3

                            from Scio, NY

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Family Fun

                            Cons

                            • A bit pricey

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                              This puzzle has been improved over the past year. The bag for the pieces and the paper map are now included. I received my first puzzle as a gift and have now given it as a gift.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes
                               
                              5.0

                              Wonderful!

                              By Geocasser

                              from Conroe, TX

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                              We will be keeping this puzzle for a lifetime.

                               
                              5.0

                              Very creative

                              By gh

                              from SD

                              Verified Buyer

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                                    Comments about National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle:

                                    received it as a gift when we arrived at our new home. it was a very good way to both learn about the area as well as get our kids involved in the moving process.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes

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