Friday, 29 July 2011

Jigsaws ...vintage style! ;-)

Vintage seaside!

Which reminds me...

For some time now, the sweet shop in 'downtown N.A.' has been displaying

the most lovely jigsaws in their window....all made up

and depicting stunning vintage scenes.

About three weeks ago, there was one in particular which caught my eye.

It was entitled, 'Bucket and Spade'.

The picture above in no way does it was simply fabulous

'in the flesh' and just how I remember my childhood at the 'seaside'.

Much of my childhood was spent at the beach, either going upline to Dawlish

or downline to Paignton or Goodrington...dragging my

metal bucket and spade behind me.

Occasionally, we would venture further, say to Weymouth.

Those were the days!

So...back to the sweet shop in town:

In I go, to enquire:

''Please could I buy a jigsaw like the one in the window''

''No you can't, it's discontinued''

''Can I have the actual one in the window''


''Why not?''

''Cos it is all stuck down on the card''



Well, I wasn't going to be beaten!

I came home, a woman with a mission!

Eventually, after two refunds from various places ( it was just as the sweet shop lady

informed me: 'discontinued'),

I found yet another 'Bucket and Spade', on ebay.

This time my luck was in!

Two days later,it arrived.


That done, I start to browse the world of Gibsons' jigsaws!

(Like I've got nothing else to do!)

Lo and behold, here is the very next jigsaw that I found!

Anyone who lives in Newton Abbot will immediately recognise this

as Newton Abbot Railway Station!!

The trains in this jigsaw are Plymouth bound and I used to sit on the wall

and watch such trains, when I was very little.

(That's when I wasn't posing at the beach in my latest swimwear! LOL!)

I have no doubt that this is where my love of steam trains originates.

I browse further.

This next one is entitled, 'The Evacuees'.

Spot another steam train!
And then it gets a tad scrummy!

I'm into this jigsaw business now...bigtime!

Sweet memories of the 1940s...

The 1950s...

The 1960s...

The village shop...

Toy Box 1940s...




And so that was my little escape into the world of jigsaws, with the vintage flavour!

What fun!

I have never been a huge jigsaw person...

I am now!

I'm off to my little domain at the bottom of the garden,

where more vintage loveliness awaits... and also a jigsaw is there

waiting to take me to the seaside! ;-)

Hope the sun shines for everyone this weekend!



KC'sCourt! said...

I love jigsaws too - In the school holidays I would lose myself in them and try and finish one in a day!
Later, when I had children of my own, one Christmas one of my boys said to me, bet I know what we are getting for Christmas, a book and a jugsaw - lets put it this way he wasn't disappointed........
Julie xxxxxxxx

Pomona said...

What wonderful jigsaws! I still remember one of a Spanish gypsy dancer that I had when I was very small - that style of illustration just takes me back to my childhood.

Pomona x

Mary Ann said...

I'm a jigsaw junkie. The more pieces the better:)

dosierosie said...

Great jigsaws. I haven't done a jigsaw in years. It was fatal in my parents house to leave one on the table as nobody could walk past without stopping. and you would end up with all of us with a piece in our hand trying to find where it went.

galant said...

What great puzzles, Sal! Just the ticket (railway ticket, har, har!) for the summerhouse or even the actual house, for summer or winter! I love the village shop one (my parents had a newsagent's shop) and I love the sweets from the 1950s and the toys from the 1950s ... I shall certainly have to see if I can get some of these for the winter ...
Margaret P

Anonymous said...

Jigsaws shmigsaws!

I must go down to the shed again,to be alone and continue to try
And all I ask is a tall ladder and a lamp to see by
From the wife's kick,to the bird song and the boughs shaking
And a grey pigeon watching my face until the grey dawn is breaking

I must go down to the shed again, for the call of a nagging wife
Is a wild call, a clear call, that must not be denied
And all I ask is a quiet day with an England team trying
And a flung ball, with the right spin, sending India's 
openers flying

I must go down to the shed again, to a vagrant spouse's life
To the bird's way and the squirrel's way, where the winds 
silence the wife

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow man
And a quiet sleep, with a sweet dream
Ssh! if you don't tell the wife I can

My apologies to John Masefield 

SarahB said...

Wow, they are amazing!! Thanks for sharing!!

I love the sweetie ones (look how Mars wrappers are still the same!!) and the 1970's toy one!!

S x

Mandy said...

What lovely jigsaws. Thanks for sharing them with us. Have a great weekend. :) x

Aunty Bee said...

I'm not a jigsaw fan but I love those jigsaws and the memories they bring, I'd have them stuck to a backing to, and frame them they are so wonderful.

ted and bunny said...

these lovely jigsaws made me smile and I thought I must just tell you something I heard recently (was it did I read it...memory oh memory where art thou!?!)

A lady was recalling her childhood with her grandma who loved doing large jigsaws and would sit on the floor by the fire for hours.
When time came to finish she'd put the hearth rug back over the top of the jigsaw until the time came to work on it once again!

Have a good week

Graham said...

Thank you Sal for the insperation to once again late in life to take up the world of jigsaws.
I went to Gibsons and bought the Newton trains which after long hard effort of months hangs proudly mounted in a frame on my hallway wall.
Admired by many visters.