I really enjoy jigsaw puzzles. Give me a good 1000-piecer and I will stay happily busy for some time. The museum has a nice little collection of historic jigsaw puzzles.
Jigsaw puzzles were first commercially produced in England around 1760. Early puzzles had images painted or adhered to thin wood sheets that were hand-cut into pieces. The term “jigsaw” was first used around 1880. Maps were particularly popular subjects of early puzzles and were used as education tools. By around 1900, adults were taking an interest in completing puzzles as a leisure activity. By 1908, adult jigsaw puzzles had become a full-blown trend in England and the United States.
|Tuck's Zag-Zaw Picture Puzzle, wood, c. 1927
|Figurative pieces from Tuck's puzzle
|Glorious Days of Summer Flowers, wood, c. 1927
|Label on the back of the puzzle box
|Arabian Chiefs Perfect Picture Puzzle, cardboard, c. 1930s-40s
|Two-sides of the same Perfect Picture Puzzle piece
|13-piece wooden panda puzzle by Playskool, 1960s