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Pagey Elliot with one of her creations (Circa 1992)

This Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange honors the memory of Rachel Page Elliott (1913-2009), who took up cutting wooden jigsaw puzzles when she was in her seventies. She soon became a top notch puzzle maker. In 2006 The Guinness Book of World Records recognized her for creating the jigsaw puzzle that sold for the highest price ever ($27,000) at a charitable art auction.

For twenty years she shared her techniques, artistry, and insights about making jigsaw puzzles with accomplished puzzlers and novices alike. Her dedication to fostering a community for the open exchange of ideas led to the first Puzzle Parley in Concord, Massachusetts in September 1994. The first informal Puzzle Exchange took place in Salem, Massachusetts at 2010 Puzzle Parley under the leadership of Melinda Shebell. The success of the 2010 Exchange brought expanded interest in having another one at the 2012 Puzzle Parley. Anne Williams formalized the process, developed guidelines and organized that Exchange as well as the 2014, 2016 and 2018 Exchanges. She expanded the exchange to include one extra puzzle from each participant that was donated to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. as part of its permanent collection.

There will be a 2020 Pagey Elliott Puzzle Exchange. If you would like to participate, you can view the 2020 Exchange guidelines and submit the 2020 Exchange Registration Form . Note that the deadline for the Puzzle Exchange registration is earlier than registration for the parley. For the 2020 Puzzle Exchange, the deadline is April 30, 2020.

To see examples of previous Exchange puzzles go to the links below.

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Original Image Courtesy of Rick Tucker