Puzzle, Jig-A-Tee Puzzle

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Description
Dissection puzzles in the form of letters of the alphabet have been distributed from at least the early twentieth century. The four orange pieces of this cardboard puzzle can be arranged to form a letter T. The fit in a paper envelope. A mark on the envelope reads: An Intelligence Test! (/) JIG-A-TEE PUZZLE. It also reads: MERCHANTS TRANSFER (/) AND STORAGE CO. (/) 920 E Street Northwest (/) National 6900.
The puzzle advertises Merchants Transfer and Storage Company of Washington, D.C. The company moved to the address given in 1902. The puzzle lists a National 6900 phone number. This number could have been in use in the 1930s.
Compare MA.314637.2613.
References:
Jerry Slocum and Jack Botermans, Puzzles Old & New: How to Make and Solve Them, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1986, pp. 20-21.
“The T Puzzle,” en.wikipedia.org, accessed July 19, 2017.
Washington, D.C. city directories.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1930
distributor
Merchants Transfer and Storage Company
place distributed
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: .1 cm x 7.75 cm x 11.5 cm; 1/32 in x 3 1/16 in x 4 17/32 in
ID Number
MA.335285
catalog number
335285
accession number
314637
Credit Line
Gift of Edith R. Meggers
subject
Mathematics
Mathematical Recreations
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

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