32¢ First Crossword Puzzle Published
Celebrate the Century – 1910s
Issue Date: February 3, 1998
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
The first crossword puzzle was created by American journalist Arthur Wynne. “Fun’s Word-Cross Puzzle” appeared in the New York World newspaper on Sunday, December 21, 1913. It was the forerunner to the puzzles, with their familiar diagrams of black and white squares, which are so popular today in the United States. Wynne’s puzzle actually began a fad which spread to other countries, and crosswords now appear in a number of languages around the world.