13 August 2021

Published August 11, 2021 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Histrionic Fiction
Word Count: 100


“Whatcha doin’ sis?”

“If you must know, I’m working a five-hundred-piece jigsaw puzzle. There.” Mindy snapped a corner in place. “That completes the border. Wanna help?”

Mike donned his baseball mitt. “Nah. Looks like work to me. Why would anyone waste their time like that?”

“Glad you asked. British cartographer James Spilsbury invented the dissected map in 1762 as an educational tool for the Royals’ children.”

“Uh, sis…?”

“Fast forward to 1933. Die-cast puzzles became all the rage. Cheap entertainment to—”


Mindy huffed. “What?”  

“I’m not a history expert like you, but I’m pretty sure that’s John Spilsbury.”

A bit more history of the jigsaw puzzle.

79 comments on “13 August 2021

  • Interesting note. Always did wonder how they were invented. I’ll be back to write when/ IF WP figures out why I can’t access my dashboard. When I open WP it goes straight to my page with no access to dashboard … probably another of their “Improvements”… an unsolvable puzzle indeed.

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  • I do wonder how he knew it was John, but I love the idea of the brother bursting the sister’s know-it-all bubble. I’m not a fan of know it alls.
    I love a jigsaw and I’m grateful for your invitation to learn more – I have often wondered how you’d make one with a jigsaw, so I’m pleased to learn you don’t!


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  • James, John, what’s the difference & who cares? Lol. If you want a real puzzle, figure out how I got so many sheets of music covering my den, music room and spare bedroom. That’s a puzzle. Just another case of brother-sister rivalry. Lol. Good job,

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  • Hi Rochelle, I was interested to learn a little more about the history of early jigsaws. I have an early wooden jigsaw, of children having their haircut. Mother might say, have your hair cut, then you can make the jigsaw. Sadly the jigsaw box is long gone.

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  • I have a love/hate relationship with puzzles. I love to do them. I hate to have an unfinished one in the vicinity. I can’t walk by an unfinished puzzle. I will stare at the pieces for hours. If I get to the point where I’m ready to walk away, and I find a piece, I’m stuck for another hour.

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  • And therein lies the dichotomy between the artist and artless, between innovation and the average, and the tortoise and hare…sure, he might be right, but it is on the importance of being right that civilisations flounder.

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  • What a great story. Sibling rivalry can be beneficial to both (but I do like know-it-alls to some extent). I also enjoyed learning about the history, what a great idea to teach children geography with map puzzles. I very much enjoy online puzzles on my tablet, where I can move the pieces with the fingers, not the mouse.

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    • Dear Gabi,

      I enjoy jigsaws on my desktop. I do use the mouse and pieces click when they connect. There’s something therapeutic about it. 😉 Thank you re my story. I have one sibling and, frankly, he is a know-it-all. We have great conversations now that we’re adults. (more or less :D)



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  • My mom passed her love of puzzles on to me, true most of the puzzles in my life have been the men I’ve dated, but I just love them. I should really put my phone down and do more puzzles and the like. I remember my mom telling me the hardest puzzle she and some classmates worked on was just a huge photo of a big red ball. I think I would have gone nuts. Maybe she did. That would explain a lot of things in my childhood. Lol.

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  • I see a trivia night at the local pub team in the making!
    I have a friend who does 1000 piece puzzles; sometimes, a piece will be missing, so to complete the puzzle, she makes a replica to slip in! I am no good at jig-saw puzzles. And, I always thought that the jig-saw was invented to cut out puzzle pieces. Now, I know the truth, lol.

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    • Querida Isadora,

      Puzzles were very popular during the Great Depression. It seems Covid had the same effect. 😉 As I reply, I’m back in Missouri, missing my brother. I’ve gotten a few texts from North Carolina saying he misses me, too. Glad you enjoyed the siblings in my story. 😀

      Shalom y carino,


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  • How interesting! I happen to love jizsaw puzzles! 🙂
    Finally back to paying attention to things beyond family and immediate obligations and non-stop-other-stuff that needed tending to for the last two weeks. Some stressful. Some lovely but still busy. Re-entering with the FF prompt …
    Hugs and shabbat shalom

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    • Na’ama Y’karah,

      I’m so glad to see you back, as I’ve already mentioned. As John Lennon sang, “Life is what happens to us while we’re busy making other plans.” Glad some of your busy-ness was lovely as you are such a lovely person. Hugs back atcha. Thank you re my story.

      Shalom and Sh’vuah tov,


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    • Dear Francine,

      I’ve never been one to sit and work a puzzle with family members…or by myself. I know people who enjoy it. Thank you re my story…researching was fun. Everything has to originate somewhere, doesn’t it?




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