Jigsaw Puzzle, Made by a Prisoner at the Michigan State Prison, Gift to Henry Ford, 1936-1945

Summary

Acknowledging Henry Ford's innovative spirit, individuals employing their own original and imaginative efforts bestowed hundreds of handmade gifts upon him. These artists also came from all walks of life. This framed puzzle was given to Ford by the warden of Michigan State Prison, (later renamed the State Prison of Southern Michigan) but was undoubtedly made by an inmate.

Acknowledging Henry Ford's innovative spirit, individuals employing their own original and imaginative efforts bestowed hundreds of handmade gifts upon him. These artists also came from all walks of life. This framed puzzle was given to Ford by the warden of Michigan State Prison, (later renamed the State Prison of Southern Michigan) but was undoubtedly made by an inmate.

Artifact

Jigsaw puzzle

Date Made

1936-1945

Creators

Mercker, Erich, 1891-1973 

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Jackson 

Creator Notes

Made by an inmate of the Michigan State Prison in Jackson, Michigan from an art print; the original artwork was created by Erich Mercken.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.1782.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Paper (Fiber product)

Dimensions

Height: 29 in

Width: .75 in

Length: 37.5 in

Inscriptions

Henry Ford Compliments of the Inmate Body MSP Warden and Mrs. Harry Jackson

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