First puzzles as riddles in the drawings appeared in the XV century in France. The so-called humorous performances of comedians at the carnival on the topic of the day - with their help artists ridiculed the evils of society and the powerful. Some time later, the French were called rebus pun, based on a game of words. Approximately at the same time appeared the first picture puzzles. Initially they literally illustrated known phraseological turns later appeared in more complex ways.
The word "rebus" (rebus) is of Latin origin. The French deliberately reduced Latin proverb "Non verbis sed rebus" ("Not by words but by things") and left it only the last word rebus. Thus the puzzle comes from the Latin form of the word, denoting a thing, in the plural.
In the early sixteenth century puzzles penetrated into Germany, England, and Italy. This was largely helped by a collection of puzzles, which amounted to a Frenchman Etienne, Tabora in 1582. However, only in France, people really love to solve expressions in drawing pictures, in other countries, few people were interested in.
In Russia puzzles came only to the middle of the XIX century. First words encrypted in pictures, objects, and letters appeared on the pages of the popular magazine "Illustration" in 1845. Very popular puzzles, painted by the artist I. Volkov in the magazine "Niva". Later it became fond of many children and adults, making the solving of puzzles in family evening game.
In 1881 in Russia began to publish the magazine "Rebus", in which, in addition to these fascinating puzzles, published interesting articles about parenting, psychology, and various news from around the world, fiction. For true guessed riddles, rebuses and charades readers received a small cash prize. This magazine was very popular and lasted 20 years.
The logo of the magazine "Rebus" was himself executed in the form of a rebus