I was reading through the news and came across this interesting article about the history of the jigsaw puzzle and it’s appeal.
Here’s something you might not have known (I certainly didn’t): The first puzzle is attributed to Englishman John Spilsbury who created the first one in 1767. He was a teacher and a cartographer and cut up a wooden map of England and Wales for his students to reassemble and simultaneously learn British geography.
The article also contains a series of interesting facts about the jigsaw puzzle in its evolution from 1767 to today. For example, jigsaw puzzles exceed 10 million dollars a year (wonder how much we’ve all contributed to that number…).
Check out the article if you’re interested, and let me know if you have any more fun jigsaw puzzle facts! I’m thinking of compiling a list for a separate article coming soon.
Happy Thanksgiving all!