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Please help with history of Dot-to-Dot puzzles - 1/3/2007 7:30:41 PM   
dave

 

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Hi all

As you may have noticed the Dot-a-Pix homepage does not offer a link to an article about the history of Dot-to-Dot puzzles.

The reason is that, although Dot-to-dot puzzles were invented many years ago and have been used in thousands of magazines, we can hardly find any information about their history and evolution: where and when this game/concept started, where was it first used or published and so on.

Can anyone help us with this mission? Any relevant information on this subject is welcome - please use this topic to share it with us.

lastly, Conceptis' puzzle history articles are amongst the leading Google results for their keywords and are being read by many people and sometimes even quoted. Therefore, please do you best to stick to facts and specify your sources as accurately as possible.

Thank you very much in advance, Dave Green
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RE: Please help with history of Dot-to-Dot puzzles - 1/4/2007 5:12:06 AM   
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I want to point out that we have been connecting "dots" in the sky for quite a while. Not to mention plotting points on a graph in math and business. I think the history is hard to find because of this common use of connecting dots. When we actually put it to paper and made a picture for amusement is the key.

Tina

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RE: Please help with history of Dot-to-Dot puzzles - 1/4/2007 2:11:28 PM   
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quote:
When we actually put it to paper and made a picture for amusement is the key.


Thats a very interesting observation, Tina. thank you for pointing it.

~Gil~

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RE: Please help with history of Dot-to-Dot puzzles - 1/5/2007 12:58:37 PM   
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This is not actually answering your question, but I'll share my findings anyway.
I have a Finnish book "Antero Vipunen", which is the encyclopedia of riddles, problems, games and plays.
The book has originally been published an 1950 and although I have the 8th edition they have not changed the contents.
In this book Dot-to-dots are in the category named hidden images. According to the book these were seen in famous magazines in every issue in the 1800 -century and that they were as popular as word puzzles nowadays.
The hidden images originate from the 1500-century. The father of hidden images in paintings is said to be Pieter Brueghel.
When the painters got bored with the hidden images, they became public entertainment. (all of this info is from the book)
I attached 2 pages as examples.
The first one is obvious, the second is from Hans and Gretel and the witch is hidden in the image. In the third the dotted areas should be filled and the last picture contains upside-down images



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RE: Please help with history of Dot-to-Dot puzzles - 1/5/2007 9:12:09 PM   
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Leena -

I think this is a big step in getting a history of Connect the Dots (or Dot a Pix)! Awesome!

sharonella

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RE: Please help with history of Dot-to-Dot puzzles - 1/7/2007 11:34:52 AM   
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Leena - you took me some 25 years back in time !!
when I was a little boy I liked to sit at my grandmothers house with a big book of riddles and try to solve them.
My favorites were the hidden images and upside-downs. the book was from apx. 1950 so the images you scanned remind me a lot of the style and design of the riddles I had in the book. I've been looking ever since for a source of old hidden pictures like they were drawn in the old days. If anyone knows about such an online source, please send a link.
meanwhile you can all enjoy a beatufil gallery of "modern" hidden images.
http://www.coolbubble.com/features/hiddenpictures/

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