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.
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.
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.