Did you know that Jigsaw Puzzles Were A Popular Past Time On The Beach? Welcome Summer!

by Donna Brown June 21, 2018

Jigsaw Puzzles on the beach - The Missing Piece Puzzle Company

Today we celebrate the first day of Summer. Cheers to that!

I thought that I would treat all of you puzzle enthusiasts to a little jigsaw puzzle history that involves the beach. The Missing Piece Puzzle Company is located in sunny Southern New Jersey which is very close to the beach and we love the history of the jigsaw puzzle. 

Read on...

It started as a stress reliever

During the Great Depression, morale was low and families needed a stress reliever. Mass produced, die-cut jigsaw puzzles were invented and became a very popular activity, even on the beach. Originally, the jigsaw puzzle dates back to the 18th century, when wooden maps were cut up and used as a study tool by children of aristocrats. Unaffordable and impractical for most of the population, jigsaw puzzles were expensive and available to aristocratic families.

It was during the Great Depression that jigsaw puzzles become popular regardless of people's socio-economic status and were very widely enjoyed by individuals and families alike.

A changing jigsaw process

Jigsaw puzzle makers were easily able to mass product die-cut puzzles made by cardboard that everyone could afford and they became very popular products used by many. Today, jigsaw puzzles have evolved quite a bit but we owe the Great Depression era for renewing the popularity of the cardboard jigsaw puzzle.

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photo credits: Getty Images/Fox Photos




Donna Brown
Donna Brown

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Donna Brown is the owner of The Missing Piece Puzzle Company and is passionate about making high-quality custom jigsaw puzzles "Made In America FAST".
Her love of the product shows in every puzzle that she makes.
A retired teacher of Special Needs students and a widowed Mom to an amazing son with Autism, life tends to be like a puzzle with each piece an important part of who Donna is.

www.themissingpiecepuzzlecompany.com


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Photo Upload Recommendations for a High Quality Puzzle
RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION GUIDE for
Photo Enlargements
*Higher resolutions will have even better results.
96dpi or greater
  • 8" x 10": 1200 x 1500 pixels
  • 10" x 13": 1500 x 1950 pixels
  • 16" x 20": 2400 x 3000 pixels
  • 20" x 30": 3600 x 5400 pixels
We recommend that you use images that are equal to or larger than the recommended sizes.  .jpeg or .jpg only please

If you are uploading a photo from a cell phone, please be sure to transfer the file in its highest resolution.  For example, on the IPhone, please transfer the file as "Actual Size".  Most files are compressed when transferred, leading to a loss of clarity and resolution. Transferring at the highest setting will provide better results.

 

Simply click the displayed "browse" button to view the files on your computer's hard drive, floppy drive or digital camera. Select the image file you wish to upload and click OK. Now just click the "Add to Cart" button for the product you desire, and your photo will automatically be uploaded to our production servers and electronically attached to your order.

Please note the following:

Uploading Image 
Files must be 20MB or smaller and jpeg format. The upload time will depend on the file size and your Internet connection speed. Please be patient when uploading a large image.

Please try to use the best-quality image possible.

Uploading from Cell Phone  
If you are uploading a photo from a cell phone, please be sure to transfer the file in its highest resolution.  For example, on the IPhone, please transfer the file as "Actual Size".  Most files are compressed when transferred, leading to a loss of clarity and resolution. Transferring at the highest setting will provide better results.

Best Size for Image
Depending on print area and size of your photo, minimum photo size requirements will vary. For best print quality your photo needs to be at 300 dpi. For example, if your photo is 3000 x 2400 pixels in size, it will print best at 10 x 8 inches or smaller.

Our photo editing process will inform you if your image is below minimum size.

Low-Quality Image
If your image is below the minimum resolution/size requirements, do not simply increase the size in your editing software. You must either rescan the image or use a higher-quality image.

Older Generation Phone Cameras
Please note that most older generation phone cameras will produce photos of very low quality that are too small for print reproduction. Photos downloaded from Facebook are also of lower quality.

Scanning Photographs
When scanning in photographs, please use a resolution of 300 dpi or more. When taking digital images, set your camera at the highest possible resolution. You can always reduce the resolution later. Low-resolution images cannot be increased without loss of image quality.

Cropping of Image
Your image will be reproduced as it appears. In some cases, we may crop the image for size, to fit the product you order. Close-ups and images with bright colors will produce the best results.

(We reserve the right to refuse reproduction of submitted photos at our discretion should they be licensed, copyrighted, or deemed inappropriate for language, content or material.)