by Canadian Artist Shelley McVittie

If you know someone or you are into puzzling or know someone who might be … here is my news!
Click the kitty to see how they make puzzles.

Cobblehill Puzzle Company has just introduced three of my images into 1000 pc puzzle and a 275 Easy Handling Puzzle. This is so exciting for us!

Both brain-teasing and curiously relaxing, a good jigsaw puzzle is still one of folk’s favorite ways to while away a rainy afternoon or a summer’s day in the park or cottage, or back yard.

Needless to say, it is difficult to take a puzzle outside on a windy day, so rather than graveyards, or days of bluster, our Canadian winters were the more likely times one would see a card table set up by a fireplace, all covered in bits & pieces of the family puzzle. Our Christmas tradition usually involved our receiving of the family puzzle to entertain us during the upcoming snowy months.

Here, we would chit-chat, sit and stare, for hours, shifting the cardboard pieces all around until after much determination – reasonable concentration and more likely – extreme luck, a picture would be unveiled.

Then there comes that let down, when something you rather enjoyed was suddenly over – but wait – after a quick trip to the attic, rescue comes with another wooden box full of bits & pieces. aww…Life is good again.

With my re-found interest in puzzling again I became curious about it all upon some research I found some quite interesting lore about jigsaw puzzles - some you will know but some I may surprise you.

now that's a bargain!

...wooden puzzles sold for $1.00 and that was much more than a cardboard one that sold for 25 cents!




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the Pine Pantry
1000 pc Jigsaw Puzzle
19¼" x 26½"

now that's mighty old!!!

.. ..puzzles have been around for over 250 years! John Spilsbury, an English Map Maker & Engraver made the first jigsaw puzzle in 1767 when he chopped up a wooden map of Britain and challenged the public to re-assemble it.

what's in a name?

...'Dissections' what they first were called however the introduction of the treadle saw in 1880 changed them to be referred to as Jigsaw puzzles ~

even though it really was not a jigsaw they were cut with - it was a fretsaw!

how hard can it be???

... while puzzles werer originally created for children, adult puzzles started to emerge by the 1900's and they were an extreme challenge as
they had no picture on the box - so all remained
a mystery till the puzzle was fully assembled.

it's Wednesday!!!

....this meant the dozens of weekly series puzzles were going to be released today and folks would run out to buy them so they could be the first among their friends to solve them.

and finally ... that's huge!

....the world's largest jigsaw puzzle is 17 feet + made up of over 32,000 pieces + weighs over 40 lbs + and would take an average puzzler 400 hours to complete.
oh and it only cost $300.

The artist - Keith Haring
The puzzle - "Double Retrospect"



the Laundry Line
1000 pc Jigsaw Puzzle
26½" x 19¼"

1000 pc Puzzles - $19.99

the Gingerbread Makers
275 pc Easy Handling Jigsaw Puzzle
18 " x 24"

275 pc Easy Handling Puzzle - $19.99

the Golden Age!

....around the 1920's and 1930's proved to be the golden age for puzzling, thanks to the Great Depression!

During this time, there were tons of bored, down-on-their-luck folks, looking for ways to pass the time.

During the 30's - magazines were giving puzzles away every week. You could even RENT them for a few cents in restaurants and diners.

the Dirty Thirties!

....was actually a wonderful time for puzzlers as the stores offered FREE puzzles with purchases of toothbrushes, shampoo or soap etc - the retailers by doing this were doing it as a form of advertising.