you know someone or you are into puzzling or know
someone who might be … here is my news!
the kitty to see how they make puzzles.
Cobblehill Puzzle Company has just introduced three
of my images into 1000 pc puzzle and a 275 Easy
Handling Puzzle. This is so exciting for us!
brain-teasing and curiously relaxing, a good jigsaw
puzzle is still one of folk’s favorite ways to
while away a rainy afternoon or a summer’s day
in the park or cottage, or back yard.
to say, it is difficult to take a puzzle outside on
a windy day, so rather than graveyards, or days of
bluster, our Canadian winters were the more likely
times one would see a card table set up by a fireplace,
all covered in bits & pieces of the family puzzle.
Our Christmas tradition usually involved our receiving
of the family puzzle to entertain us during the upcoming
we would chit-chat, sit and stare, for hours, shifting
the cardboard pieces all around until after much determination
– reasonable concentration and more likely –
extreme luck, a picture would be unveiled.
there comes that let down, when something you rather
enjoyed was suddenly over – but wait –
after a quick trip to the attic, rescue comes with
another wooden box full of bits & pieces. aww…Life
is good again.
my re-found interest in puzzling again I became curious
about it all ...so upon some research I found some
quite interesting lore about jigsaw puzzles - some
you will know but some I may surprise you.
that's a bargain!
puzzles sold for $1.00 and that was much more than
a cardboard one that sold for 25 cents!
1000 pc Jigsaw Puzzle
19¼" x 26½"
that's mighty old!!!
have been around for over 250 years! John Spilsbury,
an English Map Maker & Engraver made the first
jigsaw puzzle in 1767 when he chopped
up a wooden map of Britain and challenged the public
to re-assemble it.
what's in a name?
what they first were called however
the introduction of the treadle saw in 1880
changed them to be referred to as Jigsaw puzzles ~
though it really was not a jigsaw they were cut
with - it was a fretsaw!
hard can it be???
while puzzles werer originally created for children,
adult puzzles started to emerge by
the 1900's and they were an extreme challenge as
they had no picture on the box - so
a mystery till the puzzle was fully assembled.
meant the dozens of weekly series puzzles were going
to be released today and folks would run out to buy
them so they could be the first among their friends
to solve them.
finally ... that's huge!
world's largest jigsaw puzzle is 17 feet + made up
of over 32,000 pieces + weighs over 40 lbs + and would
take an average puzzler 400 hours to complete.
oh and it only cost $300.
artist - Keith Haring
The puzzle - "Double Retrospect"
the 1920's and 1930's proved to be the golden age for
puzzling, thanks to the Great Depression!
this time, there were tons of bored, down-on-their-luck
folks, looking for ways to pass the time.
the 30's - magazines were giving puzzles away every
week. You could even RENT them for a few cents in restaurants
actually a wonderful time for puzzlers as the stores
offered FREE puzzles with purchases of toothbrushes,
shampoo or soap etc - the retailers by doing this were
doing it as a form of advertising.