Tuesday, 4 November 2008
ABC Wednesday, P for Puzzles
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My husband and I made these jigsaw puzzles about 15 years ago. All of a sudden we started making one jigsaw puzzle after the other. So when my second daughter left for Australia in 1994, she sent us this beautiful puzzle of a painting Aboriginal man. A year later her husband-to-be was an Australian Aboriginal, who came with her for a month to get aquainted with us. My husband and I went to their wedding in June 1996. Well talking about jigsaw puzzles, I wondered when and where the first jigsaw puzzle was invented! I googled it and here it is...
"It is generally agreed that the first jigsaw puzzle was produced around 1760 by John Spilsbury, a London engraver and mapmaker. Spilsbury mounted one of his maps on a sheet of hardwood and cut around the borders of the countries using a fine-bladed marquetry saw. The end product was an educational pastime, designed as an aid in teaching British children their geography. The idea caught on and, until about 1820, jigsaw puzzles remained primarily educational tools".
Thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who has hosted this ABC game for the third round to the letter P for ABC Wednesday. For more ABC posts click on ABC picture in my side bar.Join us in this wonderful meme!