When I was in the 7th grade in 1957, we had to have a project for our Mississippi history class. I found a calendar with a map of the state on it with all the counties outlined. I traced this out on a piece of 1/4″ plywood and, over the next several weeks, I would saw out the counties one by one.  When I got off the school bus one day at the service station to work on my project, my daddy was so proud that he had found me a round blade to make turning the corners easier. I used that blade and broke it and use it some more until it was only about two inches long. Of course I painted each piece and lettered the name of each county on each one to make a jigsaw puzzle.  I received the highest grade in the entire seventh grade, about 200 students. While hanging on the wall, two counties came off the backing board. I am sure my mother put them up somewhere but I did not find them while cleaning out her house so the map is missing two pieces. You can see where some of the pieces do not fit together too well. – Charles, New Albany, MS

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