The history of jigsaw puzzles

The first jigsaw puzzles to be found, go back to the second half of the 18th century and were made for educational purpose , to represented geographic maps. The first makers were small artisans who painted – a bit like we did with this puzzle – the maps placed straight onto wooden boards, which are then cut into small pieces. Skilled workmanship and high quality wood, made the cost of these games prohibitive, so much so that, only the upper classes could afford to buy them.

For this reason, it then became common to produce lithographs, glued  onto cheaper wood. During the great American depression, jigsaw puzzles became more popular, as low salaries and financial hardship in general, made this object a good alternative to the more expensive forms of entertainment, such as restaurants or night clubs; in 1933, in the United States, around 10 million per week were sold and grocer shops and books shops rented them at 5 cents a day. After the second world war, wooden puzzles  were substituted with the more economical cardboard puzzles produced by Spingbok or Ravensburger , but there are still those, who like us, still produce “jigsaw puzzles” made of wood. The most famous master of all of us is Steve Richardson, who produces really unique and very expensive hand-cut puzzles: exceptional and unique objects for real experts.