National Puzzle Day

Jigsaw puzzles haven’t been around as long as you’d think, and the origins of them was the result of practical need – teaching children, specifically, England’s King George III’s children geography. Engraver and cartographer, John Spilsbury, of London is believed to have produced the first jigsaw puzzle around 1760, using a marquetry saw. Originally known as “dissections” they were produced by mounting maps on sheets of hardwood and cutting along national boundaries. You can almost hear King George’s children’s governess saying something like “Children, here are the English territories”. And imagine her “dumping” the many pieces on the table and assembling them one by one.

What inventor Spilsbury probably never imagined is that one day jigsaw puzzles would become so incredibly popular and affordable.  Or that the jigsaw puzzle would one day used as therapy for Alzheimer patients. Read on for more interesting “puzzling” facts.