Did you know that the first early wooden puzzles were created back in the mid-1700s by European mapmakers? Using a marquetry saw, mapmakers like John Spilsbury created the first jigsaw puzzles by mounting maps or painting pictures on rectangular-shaped pieces of wood. They were then cut into small pieces that were to be arranged in a particular way.
Since it relied on memory and logical thinking, this became a popular method to teach geography to schoolchildren. Puzzle themes expanded over time to help teach children other subjects. Jigsaw puzzles were mainly used for educational purposes until about 1820 when they became more popular with adults. Paintings of landscapes and animals were the most common designs featured on the wood. These were enjoyable pastimes for anyone looking to relax or exercise their memory and logic skills.
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