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The Great American Centennial Exhibition Puzzle Blocks

Object Number: 
2000.317
Date: 
1875
Medium: 
Wood, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 3 x 22 x 11 1/2 in. ( 7.6 x 55.9 x 29.2 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "The Great American CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION PUZZLE BLOCKS, In Sectional Parts./ TRADE MARK./ PRINTED IN OIL COLORS./ ENDLESS AMUSEMENT./ Brett Litho Co. 116 Fulton St. N. Y. REGISTERED IN THE PATENT OFFICE AT WASHINGTON D.
Description: 
Five paper covered wood jigsaw puzzles in a box with images of buildings at the 1876 American Centennial Exposition including the Main Building on opening day, Art Gallery in the moringing, Horticultural Hall at night, Agricultural Hall during a storm and the Machinery Hall at sunset; five lithographed images of each puzzle in the box; paper covered wooden box with a lithographed image of the art gallery; box cover inscribed, "The Great American CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION PUZZLE BLOCKS, In Sectional Parts./ TRADE MARK./ PRINTED IN OIL COLORS./ ENDLESS AMUSEMENT./ Brett Litho Co. 116 Fulton St. N. Y. REGISTERED IN THE PATENT OFFICE AT WASHINGTON D. C. IN THE YEAR 1875/ PATENT PENDING 1875/ IN FIVE VIEWS./ COMPRISING./ 1.-ART GALLERY./ MORNING VIEW./ 2.-MACHINERY HALL./ SUNSET VIEW./ 3.-HORTICULTURAL HALL./ NIGHT SCENE-iLLUMINATED./ 4.-AGRICULTURAL HALL./ STORM VIEW./ 5.-THE MAIN BUILDING./ DAY SCENE.-Grand opening./ Manufactured by/ GEORGE H. CHINOOK,/ NEW YORK."
Gallery Label: 
The 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, the first exposition of its kind in the United States, celebrated 100 years of American independence and the nation's emergence as an international industrial power. More than ten million visitors visited the works of 30,000 exhibitors during its six-month run, encountering mind-boggling wonders like telephones, typewriters, and a gigantic Corliss steam engine. This puzzle depicts the Main Exhibition Hall, the largest building in the world at that...
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group