JEnglishmen, John Spilsbury invented the jigsaw puzzle in 1767 (Some sources are not so specific and list around 1760). Spilsbury was an engraver and mapmaker. The first jigsaw puzzle was a map of the world. Spilsbury attached a map to a piece of wood and then cut out each country. Teachers used Spilsbury’s puzzles to teach geography Students learned their geography lessons by putting the world maps back together.

John Spilsbury

John Spilsbury

The first jigsaw puzzle was a map of the world.

The first jigsaw puzzle was a map of the world.
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  1. Sheryl says:

    My family loves to work on jig-saw puzzles when we gather for holidays. Thanks for the jig-saw history. I’ll now have some jig-saw trivia to share the next time we put a puzzle together.

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  2. Birgit says:

    How cool is that! I think a brilliant way to teach and they should do that some more now in the schools especially even in high school since many do not know thir states or, in Canada, their provinces

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    • so true. I still remember an episode of a game show Win Lose or Draw and the person was supposed to draw Boston Massachusetts and they drew the Florida panhandle. I’m like “What?” How does someone from the US not know where Boston is located. Thanks for reading.

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  3. I would LOVE to have a go at that first jigsaw puzzle! Nice post

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