Give a one-of-a-kind heirloom with this wooden Victorian jigsaw puzzle based on up-to-date topographical mapping data. We’ve added to the challenge by not including a guide print, but you’ll know where to start because the centerpiececentered on your chosen addressis shaped like a house. 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 those 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.
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. Please allow 2–3 weeks for delivery.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
12 1/4"W x 18 1/2"L completed.
Please note: Because the puzzle is made in the UK and sent to the U.S. for delivery by the U.S. Postal Service, we are unable to provide shipment tracking information.
Which mapping base is used? We use the latest aerial imagery from Digital Globe Inc.
How old is the mapping? The majority of the aerial imagery we use was taken on flights by Digital Globe between 2012 and 2013. Digital Globe updates their datasets on a daily basis as they continue to re-fly over areas. We have a live link into their database to ensure that we always access the latest available imagery.
How much area will my puzzle cover? The puzzle always covers one-and-one-half miles east to west and one mile north to south. The center will have a house-shaped piece, which is a good place to start!
My puzzle appears slightly dark, why is this? It is the policy of Digital Globe to fly on clear days, but there may be times when this hasn’t occurred, or when cloud formation makes the image less bright. In more rural areas, the image could have a large amount of tree coverage, although Digital Globe does try to fly in autumn and winter when leaves are off the trees.
Why is my jigsaw not centered correctly? We have invested in the latest geocoding technology to help us center your image on a full street address and zip code. This information is derived from the USPS delivery point for each address; on rare occasions, if this point is not adjacent to your house (for example if the USPS delivery point is at the end of a very long driveway or at a P.O. Box) it is possible that your house may be pictured slightly off center. If this happens, all we need is be the latitude and longitude to re-create your puzzle to that exact location.
Comments about ''My Town'' Custom Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle:
I received this as a gift two years ago. To be quite honest, I initially thought that receiving a puzzle was rather corny. I honestly have to say that this low-tech gift was one of the best, most-thoughtful gifts I have received.
I have to use the creative side of my brain (for work) and I found that putting together a puzzle, helps with mental blocks. In the past two years, my puzzle has gotten me out many cerebral ruts. I like the fact that the map/puzzle is an attractive depiction of my hometown (NYC). I am also impressed that the puzzle is wooden, instead of cardboard. The pieces feel "formidable" in the hand, quite substantial.
Kudos to National Geographic; I am thoroughly impressed to see that you are carrying this item!!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend