The jigsaw puzzle: piecing together a history

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Berkley Books, Nov 1, 2004 - Antiques & Collectibles - 250 pages
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Originally created as an educational tool for children in the mid-1700s, jigsaw puzzles developed into a national craze during the Great Depression. Today, the collecting and assembling of jigsaw puzzles continues to challenge new and experienced puzzlers alike with hidden messages, mysteries to solve, and a never-ending stream of challenges to conquer. Assembled by renowned puzzle expert Anne D. Williams, The Jigsaw Puzzlepieces together the origins of the beloved pastime that has enthralled people worldwide for centuries. The study also examines the minds of such famous puzzlers as Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Gates, and Stephen King.

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This overview of the history and popularity of the jigsaw puzzle offers a kitchen sink approach, bombarding the reader with tidbits on just about every aspect you could imagine. While there is some ... Read full review

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Jigsaw puzzle collector and historian Williams covers every aspect of the game's development in this comprehensive history. "The jigsaw puzzle is still going strong as it approaches the 250th ... Read full review


From Schoolroom to Playroom
GrownUps Turn to CutUps
The Great Depression Mania

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WILL SHORTZ has been the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He's also the crossword editor of "The New York Times", the former editor of "Games" magazine, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978). He is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University in 1974. He lives near New York City.

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