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When were Jigsaw Puzzles Invented?

Jigsaw puzzles were invented in the 1760s by an English printmaker, John Spilbury, as an aid in helping school children learn their...

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When were Jigsaw Puzzles Invented Jigsaw puzzles were invented in the 1760s by an English printmaker, John Spilbury, as an aid in helping school children learn their geography lessons. The puzzles were made by gluing hand-colored maps of countries onto wood, and then sawing the maps into pieces to be fitted together. "Dissected puzzles" were individually cut by hand or with mechanical jigsaws until late into the 19th century. By that time, they had also become known as "jigsaw puzzles." Today's mass-produced puzzles are stamped out with steel cutting dyes.

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