Always Write is about hobbies. In this case free puzzles you can play or make yourself, or with friends, or give as gifts. If photography is your hobby and you haven’t used your pictures as puzzles, we encourage you to try it.
This site does not promote puzzle manufacturers but recommends what we enjoy. As a hobby, we have puttered with creating puzzles from our photos and we offer those for sale through Puzzle Me, a different website if you are interested.
Jigsaw Puzzle History
In the 1760s European mapmakers pasted maps onto wood and cut them into small pieces. John Spilsbury, an engraver and mapmaker, is credited with inventing the first jigsaw puzzle in 1767. Puzzling has grown into a major pastime since that time with the craze starting in 1900 and skyrocketing through the early 1930s. In early days the pieces did not interlock and were cut along color lines eliminating clues for assembly. Puzzles were quite expensive and were primarily enjoyed by the rich.
Parker Brothers manufactured the first figure and interlocking puzzle pieces making the jigsaw puzzle affordable for everyone. Die-cut cardboard puzzles of masterpiece paintings that could be mass-produced added to the growth of the hobby. By the 1960s, puzzles decreased in popularity for a time.
In the last decade improvements in die-cutting, laser cutting, and digital puzzles have put the pastime back on the table. Online companies like Vistaprint as well as retailers like Costco and Walmart offer you the chance to turn your favorite photos into puzzles.
Digital puzzles make it possible to assemble your photo masterpieces into as many pieces and shapes as you can imagine. You are limited only by your screen size. I downloaded an app for my computer from Free Jigsaw Puzzles.
Always Write Puzzles – Shop online Puzzle Me
If you get tired of making your own photos there are a several sites that have almost unlimited free puzzles. These are my top two picks.
Dry Creek Wildflower Super Bloom Collection
Taken during the California Superbloom year of 2019, these puzzles are available to order. The pieces are stronger and glossier than most puzzles you purchase at a store.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order any photos you see on this website as a puzzle.
- Dimensions: 12” x 16.5” (310mm x 418mm)
- Number of pieces: 285
- Card stock: CoatedPremium Quality
- Packaging: Picture box