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The first Jigsaw Puzzle was produced in 1760 by John Spilsbury, a London engraver and mapmaker. He came up with the idea to mount a map onto hardwood and, using a fine saw, cut around the borders of each country. Advances in printing and cutting methods progressively reduced prices, culminating in the die-cut cardboard puzzles that are mass-produced today, but the same technological advances also reduced the individuality of puzzles and all but wiped-out the art of puzzle making.
In this modern age or hi-definition TV, 24 hour movie channels, smart phones and digital music you may conclude that the Jigsaw Puzzle would find it hard to compete for a part of the family's leisure time. Surprisingly enough, the Jigsaw Puzzle has prospered for over 200 years and still offers many benefits over its more modern rivals.