Lars Andreas Larsen started his printing house in 1947. In 1952, when I was 5 years old, I received a puzzle as a present from an aunt in America. The puzzle had a drawing of a cowboy with his lasso, and it was made from thick board. My parents noticed that I spent a lot of time playing with this puzzle, while other puzzles of less good quality were of less interest for me.
At that time there was not a lot of quality toys in the shops, and my father decided to try to manufacture quality puzzles himself. The first puzzles were manufactured in our basement in 1953. He used an old die cutting machine that earlier generations had used to make slippers, to cut out the pieces, and an old Singer sewing machine that he rebuilt into a saw to make the cutting tools.
Until the beginning of the 60's he produced mainly puzzles for other publishers, but from then on we started to build our own collection.