The History of the Puzzle

January 26, 2021

When piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, do you ever wonder who made the first one, or how the jigsaw puzzle was invented? We did a little search on the history of the puzzle and learned quite a bit.

When piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, do you ever wonder who made the first one? or how a jigsaw puzzle came about? We did a little search on the history of the puzzle and learned quite a bit.

When was the first jigsaw puzzle made?: The first puzzles ever made go back to the 1760s when European mapmakers mounted maps onto pieces of wood and cut them around the countries’ edges to help kids learn geography. These puzzles were known as dissected maps.

Who invented the first jigsaw puzzle?: The first known puzzle, the dissected map, was made by a European, John Spilsbury.

What was pictured on the first puzzle?: It’s said that the first puzzle was a hand-drawn map of Europe.

When did puzzling become a hobby?: Puzzles started off as an education tool, but as years went on they became a hobby for adults and children alike. These puzzles came out in the early 1900s with no pictures to look at while placing pieces together, just titles. This must have been part of the thrill and amusement!

Puzzles today come brightly colored, often pictured with beautiful views, stunning artwork, and some just solid colored to make it even harder. Most come in pieces ranging from 4 to 5,000 and the largest is 551,232 pieces. I don’t think that is a puzzle I’m willing to try.

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New York City Skyline Puzzle
New York City Skyline Puzzle from Grandpa Shorter's Gifts in Petoskey, Michigan.
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Coral Reef Puzzle from Grandpa Shorter's Gifts in Petoskey, Michigan.
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