facts about the invention
of the Jigsaw Puzzle by John
Spilsbury in 1767.
|"For the purpose of teaching
geography," John Spilsbury, a teacher in England, created the first jigsaw puzzle in
the year 1767. Adhering his maps to flat hardwood, he used a fine saw to cut along the
borders of the European countries, and the jigsaw puzzle was born. Hand-painted and
made of wood, the puzzle was a map of England and Wales, with each county making up a
|Soon, people began making pictorial
jigsaw puzzles. Their purpose was to entertain rather than to teach. The pieces in these
early puzzles were not interlocking. Not until the invention of power tools more than a
century later did jigsaw puzzles with fully interlocking pieces come into being.
In 1880, Milton Bradley made the first jigsaw puzzle
for children "The Smashed Up Locomotive." By printing a lithograph of a
steam engine locomotive and cutting it into pieces, the "smashed up"
effect was achieved when a child opened the box and saw the locomotive
all in pieces. Because of his Puritan upbringing, Bradley's nature was
to seek order. Therefore, the object of the "The Smashed Up Locomotive"
was to make the locomotive whole once again.
TO LEARN MORE
History of Toys and Games from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Kid Who Invented the Popsicle: And Other Surprising Stories About Inventions
by Don L. Wulffson / Paperback - 128 pages (1999) / Puffin
Brief factual stories about how various familiar things were invented, many by accident,
from animal crackers to the zipper.
The Jigsaw Puzzle: Piecing Together a History
by Anne D. Williams, Will Shortz / Hardcover: 250 pages / Berkley
Hardcover (October 30, 2004)
Assembled by renowned puzzle expert Anne D. Williams, The Jigsaw Puzzle
pieces together the origins of the beloved pastime that has enthralled
people worldwide for centuries.
Dr. Seuss Jigsaw Puzzle Book: With Six 48-Piece Puzzles
by Dr. Suess / Hardcover: 12 pages / Random House Books for Young
Readers (September 1, 2004)
A collection of six 48-piece (that is, slightly challenging), sturdy,
jigsaw puzzles featuring artwork and text from the beloved Seuss
classics Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole
Christmas!, Horton Hears a Who!, Yertle the Turtle, and The Lorax.
The M.C. Escher
Jigsaw Puzzle Book
by M. C. Escher / Hardcover / Harry N Abrams (October 1996)
This clever, compact book lets readers explore eight of his famous drawings in
two-sided jigsaw puzzles. Their brilliant patterns will intrigue and entertain and, after
the fun, the puzzles can be pressed back in the book for safe storage.
ON THE WEB:
of Jigsaw Puzzles
It is generally agreed that the first jigsaw puzzle was produced around 1760 by
John Spilsbury, a London engraver and mapmaker. From the American
Jigsaw Puzzle Society.
Jigsaw Puzzles: Early History
As to which country was first - the evidence is somewhat clouded.
The National Toy
Hall of Fame Awards
John Spilsbury inducted in 2002 for his invention of the Jigsaw Puzzle.
Notable Firsts from Mr. Milton Bradley
In 1880, Milton Bradley made the first jigsaw puzzle for
children "The Smashed Up Locomotive." Today, the company is
the number one maker of games and puzzles in the world.
A puzzle collectors page with lots of links.
The Puzzle Museum
Puzzle Collection started in 1886. Website started in 1996.
For "Jigsaw Puzzle Lovers" of all ages, jigsaw puzzles and
brain teasers for you to enjoy.
Association of Game and
The Association of Game and Puzzle Collector is dedicated to the collecting and preservation of old games, and
to research on the history of American games.
More History of Puzzels
Based on the Anne D. Williams books.
Jigsaw Puzzle History (Page
removed from site.)
Puzzle proliferation peaked during the Depression, to the tune of 100 million sold in
Sources in BOLD Type
page revised February, 2005.
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