What It Is
The History Over Time Puzzles feature landmarks and cities from around the world. But these puzzles aren't flat—they're 4-D. The puzzles use a patented three-layer puzzle design. Layers one and two assemble together to form a geographical map of the city (streets, roads, railways, parks). The third layer adds dimension to the puzzle with buildings and other three-dimensional landmarks. And then there is a fourth dimension: time. Using the Time Poster, puzzlers locate and place each building on the map according to the year it was built. As you work your way through the Time Poster, you are placing each building in chronological order, as if history is happening before your eyes. The year of the last building placed on the map represents the year you are in the puzzle.
The City of New York puzzle recreates Manhattan's famous skyline, spanning 201 years of architectural history. The puzzle includes 120 plastic building replicas that depict the city as it appeared as far back as 1812 through to 1971 with the addition of the World Trade Towers and into the future to 2013 with the completion of the One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). The puzzle includes iconic structures such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the United Nations. The buildings fit into pre-cut holes in a traditional, flat jigsaw puzzle that forms the city's street layout and islands. The Time Poster guides you through time as you rebuild New York's skyline history.
Why It’s Fun
Puzzle fans will enjoy this new puzzle challenge. The 3-D design of the History Over Time Puzzles makes them fun to put together, but puzzlers will also like the historical information they discover. This is a unique way to show how a city develops and evolves, explore historic areas and get to know the geography of a city, and discover defining moments in history. The puzzles also make great collector's items for fans of a particular city.
Who It’s For
The History Over Time Puzzle—The City of New York is for ages 12 and up.
What to Be Aware of
The buildings and puzzle are not to scale. The map has been altered to accommodate the city skyline.
Other History Over Time Puzzles include London; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Hong Kong; Tokyo; Paris; Toronto; Berlin; Sydney; and Las Vegas.
History Over Time Puzzles are available in specialty toy, museum, and gift stores.