The first book of crossword puzzles
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
The first book of crossword puzzles was published by Simon & Schuster, appearing on the market on April 18, 1924. Its impact was huge. Almost overnight a craze for the new brain-teaser swept America.
Americans became obsessed with crosswords. One man shot his wife after she refused to help him with a clue and another left a suicide in the form of a crossword.
Crosswords were so popular among U.S. commuters in the 1920s that the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad provided dictionaries for passengers.