The first jigsaws were maps stuck on board and cut up. These were used to teach geography to the young. Of course, if you found one of these early (late 18th century) jigsaws it would cost a fortune. Luckily, you can still buy map jigsaws that are affordable.
Among others that they made, Victory Jigsaws made a double-sided map of the world back in the 50's with a steam train on the reverse. More recently a company called Chichester has produced cardboard jigsaws of maps of which I have several including one of "Shakespeare Country".
My most interesting map is made of thin wood and of about 150 pieces which fit against each other rather than the usual interlocking pieces. The map is of Surrey and was very difficult to put together as the lines on the map had faded so much - possibly from having been left in the sun or other strong light - but we did it and were pleased when we did!
I think my favourite (so far) has been one called "GRACE"
Has anyone played this red electronic game before? I was addicted to this toy and I will definitely buy one (the vintage one) again!
This toy is called the Merlin. The Merlin was a handheld electronic game released by Parker Brothers in the late 70's. Merlin had a rectangular form approximately eight inches long and three inches wide. It touch-type buttons with red flashing lights. The toy held 6 different games : Tic Tac Toe, Music Machine, Echo (a game similar to Simon), Blackjack 13, Magic Square Pattern and Mindbender.
This toy was very popular during the early 80's and I remembered to be the only person to have ever owned one in my small humble town in Souther Philippines. Thanks to my Aunt who kept sending us toys from the US.