Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Friday, 4 September 2020
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Today's post, 19 August 2020, features another similar wooden jigsaw to the example posted on October 19th 2019, both from the A.V. N. Jones company. The title of this 300-piece puzzle is The Scottish Expresses.
The hand-cut jigsaw depicts two major Expresses operating between Scotland and England - the Royal Scot on the left and the Flying Scotsman travelling in the opposite direction, on the adjacent line. Edinburgh Castle lurks mysteriously in the backgound with what appears to be the fascade of an elegant, old building beneath. Both expresses appear to be passing at great speed. The location is just outside Edinburgh Waverley Station.This excellent puzzle is copied from an equally superb illustrative painting by Bryan de Grineau, originally published in The Illustrated London News in 1939.
Of interest - the price for a Jones wooden jigsaw of 250 pieces in 1931 was 8s/6d (42.5p).
Thursday, 30 July 2020
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Monday, 29 June 2020
Thursday, 18 June 2020
The pic on the left shows the 500-piece puzzle titled Hampton Loade, a station on the SVR. At the head of the passenger train entering the station is the '2800' class 2-8-0, No.2857. The locomotive, designed by G.J.Churchwood for the Great Western Railway (GWR), was built at Swindon Locomotive Works in 1918. It was the 69th locomotive to leave the famous Barry Scrapyard in South Wales, in August 1975, destined for the SVR. In the painting by Trevor Mitchell passengers and onlookers stand on the platforms admiring the oncoming 'reincarnation' of a past era. Children appear fascinated at the possible first sight of a steam engine. A milk churn and various types of luggage and trolleys are integrated into the composition dominated by the station building.
Saturday, 30 May 2020
I must add that this pictorial jigsaw will impress enthusiasts of many persuations.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Oakworth, left, is one of the stations on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (K&WVR). The locomotive approaching the platform with a passenger service is ex War Department (W.D.) class '8F' 2-8-0, No.90733. The locomotive has a fascinating history from 1945, when it was built at Vulcan Foundary in Newton-le-Willows. She was sent to the continent to carry out troop and supplies movements then, following the end of the war, ended up in The Netherlands. She was transferred to the Swedish State Railway in 1953, and later held in store until purchased by the K&WVR in 1972. She arrived in 1973 but was withdrawn from service three years later. Repairs began in 1993 leading to a return to active duties in 2007 when she was re-numberd 90733, thus continuing the B.R. numbering system for the class, 9000 - 90732. She was taken out of service in 2017 and is now under overhaul at Haworth. Oakworth Station looks splendid in Trevor's painting with many passengers of all ages waiting for the train to stop. A luggage trolley, metal adverts and floral displays add to the nostalgic ambience.
Unfortunately these jigsaws are printed in a very light and non-contrasty style and photographing them is difficult.