What are jigsaw puzzles? 

A jigsaw puzzle is a puzzle that requires the assembly of tiles or interlocking pieces in such a manner as to form a picture or a three-dimensional structure. The jigsaw pieces may be made of cardboard, wood, plastic, rubber, metal or foam. Jigsaw puzzles can range in difficulty from very easy three-piece puzzles for toddlers to the current record holder, Life - The Great Challenge, with a whopping 24,000 pieces!

Where did jigsaw puzzles come from?

It is said that the first jigsaw puzzle was constructed around 1760 by British mapmaker John Spilbury. Spilbury took one of his world maps, pasted it to sheet of hardwood and cut around the borders of the countries with a fine-bladed saw. The result was a useful visual aid to help children learn world geography.

Cardboard didn't become the material of choice for jigsaw puzzles until the 20th century, when puzzle companies began using dies.

The popularity of the jigsaw puzzle reached its peak during the Great Depression, as piecing them together was an inexpensive way to pass the time during long periods of unemployment.


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