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Chopped Up Niggers: Puzzles to Put Together

Object Name: Picture puzzle
Date: ca. 1875
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Medium: Wood, cardboard, paper
Dimensions: Container (box): 1 7/8 × 8 3/4 × 10 5/8 in. (4.8 × 22.2 × 27 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., New York
Description: "Chopped Up Niggers: Puzzles to Put Together" with sixteen paper covered cardboard picture puzzle pieces belonging to two different puzzles; paper covered wooden box chromolithographed with a caricature of an African American minstrel caricature ringing a bell dressed in a blue jacket and red and white striped pants and shirt with two other figures in the background; box cover lithographed with the inscription, "CHOPPED UP NIGGERS/ PUZZLES/ TO PUT/ TOGETHER/ McLOUGHLIN BROS. PUBLISHERS NEW-YORK".
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.389
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McLoughlin Brothers introduced the blatantly sadistic jigsaw puzzle Chopped Up Niggers in 1874.

Exhibitions:

"The Games We Played: Victorian Games from the Liman Collection," New-York Historical Society, December 4, 2001-March 24, 2002.