December 3, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Do you enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles? Well then, you are in for a treat, because we are having a puzzle party!
Original jigsaw puzzles were made from hardwoods such as cedar and mahogany. John Spilbury, a British cartographer, began gluing maps unto hardwood veneers before cutting them along the borders of the countries and regions with a handsaw to create pieces. This was in the 1760s. His puzzles became such an important learning tool for geography students; he was commissioned to make more. Though jigsaw puzzle-making required money, time, and a great deal of effort, Spilbury made and sold hundreds of them. These early models were called dissected puzzles or simply dissections.
The golden age of jigsaw puzzles was during the 1920s and 1930s and in 1933 there were a whopping 10 million puzzles sold per week! Puzzles were an affordable escape from difficult times and they allowed one to feel a sense of accomplishment.
According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, doing jigsaw puzzles is one of many activities that can help keep the brain active and may contribute to reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
We'll start the puzzles at 7pm, but you are welcome to come by a little late if you need to. We'll pick 2 or 3 puzzles to put together and work on them in small groups. You can stay with one puzzle or hop from one to the next. I expect we'll be done putting together the puzzles by 9 - 9:30 pm.