The Pioneer Map of the U.S.A.


An over-simplification of America’s growth and development, in charming puzzle form.

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This fun and ostensibly educational children’s toy was issued in 1939, shortly before the outbreak of WWII, by the Platt & Munk Company, Inc. The image and illustrated border share the theme of American expansionism, from the earliest settlement by the Spanish, French, and English to the opening of the Wild West.

Native Americans play a prominent, if stereotypical role; noble savagery juxtaposed against the heroic tide of civilization. Small illustrations highlight major milestones such as the Gold Rush, Pony Express, and others, while the border pictures are outlined in the accompanying legend in the lower right. A number of trails are noted within the maps image, also explained by a corresponding key.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1939

Author: The Platt & Munk Co.

Sheet Width (in): 14.50

Sheet Height (in): 10.25

Condition: A-

Condition Description: 52 piece puzzle surrounded by a cardboard frame in very good condition, near fine. Original box is present and in good to very good condition, with one large stain near the title cartouche and a bit of wear in the corners.


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