The History Of Ravensburger German Made High Quality Jigsaw Puzzles

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Are you familiar with the jigsaw puzzle manufacturer Ravensburger? They’re one of the highest quality jigsaw puzzles around and for good reason. Ravensburger goes above and beyond the expectations of the average puzzler with beautiful landscapes, dinosaurs, pirates, princesses, fairies, unicorns, construction sites, underwater scenes, as well as colorful art of well-loved characters & themes like Disney and Thomas the Tank Engine just to name a few.

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The company was founded by Otto Robert Maier in Ravensburg, a town in Upper Swabia in southern Germany. He began publishing in 1883 with his first author contract. He started publishing instruction folders for craftsmen and architects, which gave him a steady income. His first board game appeared in 1884, named “Journey around the world”.

At the turn of the 20th century, his product line broadened to include picture books, children’s activity books, Art Instruction manuals, non-fiction books, and reference books as well as children’s games, Happy Families and activity kits. In 1900, the Ravensburger blue triangle trademark was registered with the Imperial Patent office. As of 1912, many board and activity games had an export version that was distributed to Western Europe, the countries of the Danube Monarchy as well as Russia.

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Before the First World War, Ravensburger had around 800 products. The publishing house was damaged during the Second World War and continued to produce games in the years of the reconstruction. The company focused on children’s games and books and specialized books for art, architecture and hobbies, and from 1962 grew strongly. The company started to produce jigsaw puzzle games in 1964, and in the same year opened subsidiaries in Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.  In 1977 the company split into a book publishing arm and a game publishing arm.

In September 2010, Ravensburger broke Educa’s record for the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle of 24,000 pieces. Ravensburger’s new puzzle design by late pop artist Keith Haring titled, ‘Keith Haring: Double Retrospect’ breaks the Guinness Book of World Records measuring 17′ × 6′ built from 32,256 pieces and comes with its own dolly cart for toting. Another giant made by Ravensburger is New York City, a 32,000+ piece jigsaw puzzle that’s no easy challenge.

Ravensburger 32,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle New York City

Ravensburger 32,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle New York City

World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzles

Ravensburger has added another monster-sized jigsaw puzzle to their ranks by introducing the brand new 32,252 piece puzzle titled “New York City” which features a composite of 65 different images to create the skyline view from the 61st floor of Rockefeller Center.

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New York City. 32,256 pieces. 17′ x 6′.

Ravensburger, Clementoni, and Educa have all released some giant puzzles ranging between 9,000 and 33,600 pieces. Educa currently holds the award for world’s largest jigsaw puzzle with “Wildlife” with artwork by Adrian Chesterman.

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Wildlife by Educa. 33,600 pieces. Puzzle measures 18.75′ x 5.16′ when complete.

The biggest jigsaw puzzles also have some of the best-detailed images from jungle scenes to fine art. Check out all of these beautiful, challenging puzzles and let us know what theme or image you’d love to have in 30,000 or more pieces!

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Astrology by Ravensburger. 9,000 pieces. Puzzle measures 54″ x 76″ when complete.

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The Last Supper by Clementoni. 13,200 pieces. Puzzle measures 9.5′ x 4.5′ when complete.

At the Watering Hole by Ravensburger. 18,000 pieces. Puzzle measures 108.5″ x 75.5″ when complete.

Life, The Greatest Puzzle from Educa. 24,000 pieces. Puzzle measures 14′ x 5′ when complete.

New Jigsaw Puzzle App from Ravensburger Digital

Got an empty schedule this Saturday and finished all your jigsaw puzzles lying around? Well, now there’s something out there that will let you keep puzzling while you wait for a new order in the mail or until you’re ready to trek over to the store. The new Ravensburger Puzzle App is $2.99 on the iTunes store. Designed specifically for the iPad, this app lets you do jigsaw puzzles from the comfort of your couch. You won’t have to bend over the craft table, worry about the glare on the pieces, or shoo the cat away so he doesn’t ruin your hard-sorted puzzle pieces. You can complete this puzzles from anywhere with a WiFi connection–that’s great for those people that want to wind down in the coziness of their bed just before going to sleep!

With your $2.99 purchase you’ll get six puzzles to choose from, three tutorials, relaxing background music, and eight table themes. You’ll get to keep track of your achievements and leaderboards via Game Center, and the best part of all–you get the freedom of choosing your piece count!

From 20 to 500 pieces, you get to make the choice that’s best for you. No longer do you have to eye a puzzle with a great image but wish it came in the right piece count! Now you can make it happen with the click of a button.

The in-app puzzling should come naturally to those that love jigsaw puzzles. The pieces will be scattered randomly over the screen, and there will be a drop-bar tray for safekeeping of those pieces you want to save for later (you’ll never be able to lose a piece again!). There will be a snap sound alert when you’ve fit a piece into the correct spot by moving and rotating, and a handy image as a reference that you can place for your convenience.

Don’t like the six puzzles offered with the initial purchase price or itching to the perfect puzzle for your iPad? The app also comes with a built-in library where you can purchase more puzzles for an additional fee and search by theme or release date.

This is the perfect solution for people without a lot of space to do their puzzles or people that just love their iPad!

Brand New Jigsaw Puzzle Experience with PlayBox Infinipuzzles!

If you’re looking for a completely new experience with your jigsaw puzzling, PlayBox Infinipuzzles are the way to go. These puzzles have a unique twist that gives you the freedom of composing and shaping the puzzle to your liking by rearranging the pieces. Build it one way, then another. By moving the pieces from one side of the puzzle to the opposite side, the  picture becomes brand new!

If that sounds confusing, it’s probably because you’ve never imagined a puzzle like this. Luckily, PlayBox thought to give you an example video to demonstrate–or check out the photos below of these innovative creations!

Central Park Starry Night. 350 pieces.

Central Park Starry Night can be arranged traditionally, in a rectangular shape. Or it can be arranged in a Z-shape, as an arrow, or even rhombus! There are several possibilities. Choose which one suits your mood best!

Central Park Sunny Day. 350 pieces.

These puzzles may be on the lower end of the piece count, but they allow you to be more flexible and creative in your puzzling, meaning they’re great for any level skill level puzzler who wants to try something different!

Amazing Skyline Jigsaw Puzzles from Piatnik

If the first jigsaw puzzle you see from Piatnik’s new Skyline series is New York, you night not be so intimidated. Skylines are a popular theme for travel jigsaw puzzles, and this one fits in nicely and shows just how much variety there is in building size in the Big Apple.

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New York Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

But the rest of the Skyview series is tough. Vienna, Paris, and Venice are long distance aerial views with teeny, tiny details. Paris and Vienna are even made up of the same color scheme! These puzzles would be a great challenge and are very unique compared to other skyline travel puzzles.

It reminded me of a great artist, Steven Wiltshire, who has been called the Human Camera. He can take a helicopter ride over a city’s skyline and then reproduce the image–by memory–perfectly, down to the smallest details. With no preliminary sketches or preparation minus the helicopter ride, he can proportion the city exactly and remember every building’s relation to other buildings and landmarks. Check out the video proof. It’s stunning and amazing.

New York City Skyline by Steven Wiltshire

So, for the ultimate challenge, channel Wiltshire, and try these extra tough puzzles by studying the image on the box, then refusing to use it as reference for the rest of your puzzling!

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Vienna Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

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Paris Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.

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Venice Skyview by Piatnik. 1000 pieces.