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The first jigsaw puzzle

Posted in Education, Famous Inventors, Historical articles, History, Oddities, Puzzle on Tuesday, 24 May 2011

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This edited article about the jigsaw puzzle originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 946 published on 8 March 1980.

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A rabbit family jigsaw

John Spilsbury, a teacher at Harrow School in the 1760s, was searching for a new way to teach his pupils geography. One day he decided to cut up a map of the British Isles and ask the boys to reassemble it. The idea proved so successful that dissected puzzles, as they were then called, soon became the fashionable way of teaching geography, history and religion. These first puzzles did not interlock and were produced for educational purposes only. Interlocking puzzles were developed at the start of the present century and quickly became popular.

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