“First Port of Call”


A souvenir map game from the Panama California Exposition held in San Diego.

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This map game board was copyrighted in 1914 by the National Puzzle Game Company and issued as a keepsake souvenir for the Panama California Exposition in San Diego. It would have originally had twelve metal “staples” that the player would use to create a path from the Pacific Ocean (points A,B,C or D) to the fair grounds at Balboa Park (point T). Take care to avoid any red dots (mines), and be sure there are no gaps in your route!

The back of the board contains a complete set of game rules, an advertisement for a local real estate agent, and facts about San Diego promoting the city in the year leading up to the fair. Taken as an entire package, the map represents a fascinating synthesis of commemoration, amusement, advertising and civic pride.

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Map Details

Publication Date: 1914

Author: National Puzzle-Game Co.

Sheet Width (in): 4.5

Sheet Height (in): 5

Condition: B+

Condition Description: There are a few scuffs and several spots of discoloration on the game board, including around each post hole. Bumps from the holes are visible on the verso, which also exhibits minor foxing. Faint wear along the edges, and unfortunately the original game pieces are missing.