Though the earliest recorded use of the word ‘puzzle’ was toward the end of the 16th century, jigsaw puzzles first came to the fore in 1760. Interlocking, tessellating pieces are assembled to reveal a picture once complete. Popular imagery included maps, cut along borderlines, making the puzzle a useful tool in learning geography.
Cardboard jigsaw puzzles first appeared during the late 1800s and grew quickly in popularity, thanks to their affordability when compared with wooden puzzles. The Great Depression saw a surge in popularity, as a cheap, recyclable form of entertainment. This also saw puzzles gain complexity as they were marketed to adults for the first time.
Today, puzzles continue to provide hours of enjoyment and low-intensity mental challenge. Pick one out and give it a try!
At Zing Pop Culture, we pride ourselves on providing the best range of pop-culture-related 1000-piece puzzles in Australia. For the young-at-hearts and fans of fairy tales, we stock exclusive Disney puzzles you won’t find anywhere else.
For puzzlers who like their imagery a little more enchanted, we’ve got a number of magical Harry Potter puzzles. No matter what house you’re sorted into, we’ll find something to suit your taste! For those a little more galactically-inclined, we have plenty of Star Wars puzzles, so you can transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away without ever leaving your living room.
If you take your dose of space with an extra helping of chaos thrown in, we’re serving up the freshest Rick and Morty puzzles in the multiverse. Or, if your idea of an epic journey is a trip to the local coffee shop, let us (Central) PERK up your mood with our range of Friends puzzles. No, the piece doesn’t go that way! Pivot! PIVOT!