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National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle

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$39.95

Price: $39.95

Item# :2002388

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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 2015 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®

by PowerReviews
National Geographic ''My Town'' Custom Map Puzzle
 
3.3

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (16)

53%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (45), No (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Know Your Neighborhood

I found this puzzle to be extremely well-made, nicely bagged in a lovely gift box. You have to be careful with the edge-joins, as they are extremely similar. The map is copyrighted...Read complete review

I found this puzzle to be extremely well-made, nicely bagged in a lovely gift box. You have to be careful with the edge-joins, as they are extremely similar. The map is copyrighted 2015, and I knew it wouldn't have my son and daughter-in-law's house on it, as they just completed building in February 2015, but the rest of the neighborhood was there, even though it is a relatively new subdivision. I believe I read somewhere in the promotional material that it was a 4-mile by 6-mile map, and as they live in a very small town (pop. 5,000+) much of the puzzle is vacant (blank) land. It would be nice if two options were offered, one 4 x 6 and perhaps another 1 x 3.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice idea. Needs work

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Wonderful gift idea

By Lphuff

from Tallahassee Fl

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Affordable Unique Giftn

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      What a delightful gift idea, one of a kind family oriented pass time enjoyable to all ages. National Geo does it again.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Way too small

      By MARS

      from New England

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

      This home town puzzle would be wonderful (it's a great idea!) IF the entire map was larger. Whether you have great eyesight or not, you'll be reaching for a magnifier and what fun is that? The pieces should be twice as big and the finished puzzle should also be twice as big. The quality is fine, but for the hefty price it would be SO much better if it could be enjoyed and displayed in the manner of most other puzzles. Perhaps zooming in on a one mile area would make more sense rather than covering so much area and not being able to read the street names. Please enlarge so future customers won't be disappointed!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      My Town

      By None

      from Rockville, MD

      Verified Buyer

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

      too small scale, need a magnifying glass.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      1.0

      Disappointment

      By Gift Giver

      from Virginia

      Verified Reviewer

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

      This seemed as if it would be an ideal gift...I did look at reviews but decided to make the purchase anyway. For the price, puzzle quality should have been much higher. Also, a preview of how the puzzle will appear would be great, especially for addresses in small towns that have a good amount of green area. The puzzle ended up being a large green picture with some red and blue lines through it, representing roads. There are recognizable street names but they are printed in extremely small type.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      3.0

      Wonderful Idea

      By patty

      from olympia, wa

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • If You Live In A Heavily

        Best Uses

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

          If you live in a heavily wooded area then it is not a good idea to give your zip code. Give one in the heart of the city

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          2.0

          road names not US standard

          By Confused from Ohio

          from St Petersburg, FL

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • House Not In Middle Of Pu
            • Northeast Roads Missing
            • Outdated Map Missing New
            • Roads Not Common Names

            Best Uses

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

              Roads/Streets added in the last 5-10 years were not listed. Road names were county numbers that are not used in most states and are not recognized by people who have lived in the town for seventy years. The house was not in the middle of the puzzle (but in the top right corner), therefore cutting off the most familiar area.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              1.0

              Such an old map--the requested address was not even on it!

              By disappointed

              from Northern Florida

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Shipped quickly

              Cons

              • Missed My Address

              Best Uses

              • Assemble When Bored

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

              My town is not recognizable due to use of an ancient map.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              The map is a joke! , do you even know what You're doing?

              By Ben Ripedoffed

              from Cloverdale ca

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Not Near A Google Map

                Best Uses

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

                  I will never order any thing from NatGeo again.
                  Nor will recommend NG to anyone.
                  I was going to give as a gift, , but it's a disgrace!
                  Just compare Goggle maps of Davis Ln, Wake Forest, NC to the junk that was sent!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fun puzzle

                  By crabpatty

                  from Virginia Beach VA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Memorabelia

                  Cons

                  • Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Challenging

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

                  This will be a Christmas gift. A challenging puzzle, as well as a memory for her.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  almost great

                  By slightly sad

                  from rehoboth beach, de

                  Pros

                  • GREAT Idea

                  Cons

                  • Outdated map

                  Best Uses

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

                    gift for my puzzle loving sister. very happy when I saw this item. disappointed when I looked at the map. her house was built in 1990. her street is on the map, but not named. I can only guess that an old map was used. perhaps new maps every 10 years would fix this problem.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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