Monday, 15 September 2014

The Big Jig

A company called Good-Win produced a series of budget-priced cardboard jigsaw puzzles of Famous London Scenes - most likely during the mid to late 1950s. There were two sets - the first were numbered 1-4 (Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Thames Embankment, Tower Bridge) and the second set were numbered 5-8. The latter being of rather more interest as they all depicted London Markets.

No.6 is Covent Garden Market. It's the only example of the Market Series that I've come across so far. The illustration is a bit rough and ready, though it does capture a flavour of a bustling morning with fruit, vegetables and flowers being carted around the crowded streets. 

It's likely that piles of boxes of The Big Jig jigsaws ended up on stalls down Petticoat Lane Market once their shop shelf-life days were over. I wonder how many of the Series 8 puzzle (Petticoat Lane) still survive intact today?

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