Jigsaw Map of the People’s Republic of China, by Province/State.

Shanghai:   Jian Guo Stationery Co., 1953.

Puzzle measures 9 x 12-1/16 inches (22.8 x 30.5 cm); guide sheet measures 8-1/2 x 11-3/8 inches. Painted laminated wooden Jigsaw Puzzle with cut out shapes for each of China’s different provinces, complete with a printed guide sheet identifying the name of each province — but on the wooden puzzle itself, the names are omitted as the child is required to also identify each province by name.   With its original cardboard box (corners rubbed), printed cover label mounted on top as issued (some soiling and discoloration).

Considering that the People’s Republic of China was established in October 1949, this wooden jigsaw is quite sophisticated for its time — and a rare survivor when one takes into account the internal struggles at the time and Cultural Revolution which followed.