Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ABC Wednesday: J is for Jigsaw

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This is a substantial wooden jigsaw made by Galt Toys. It features the "traditional/historic" counties of England & Wales. These are what is generally referred to as the pre-1971 configuration before the creation of the current local government administrative areas.

I took this photo after some friends on Facebook began discussing such a jigsaw. It seems there a number of different designs; their's had Denbigh and Flint as a single piece whereas my Flint is seperate, being bulked by the inclusion of the Dee estuary. In mine Rutland is joined on to Leicestershire, but some versions have a seperate Rutland piece.

Hungtingdon and Cambridge (under the light-flash in the photo) is other piece that contains two counties.

Yorkshire is divided into its Ridings and the Furness area of Lancashire is attached to Westmorland but distinguished by its colour. There is a county labelled "London" but no Middlesex.

Another things different with my jigsaw compared to those of my friends is that each county with the exception of Anglesey and Flint include one or more pictograms. Most are understandable although a few now seem somewhat anachronisitic.

A contribution to ABC Wednesday.


  1. That does look like a significent jigsaw. The ones I have tried have been pretty small.

  2. Cool Jigsaw puzzle. I love making those. Pictograms in the puzzle are a great idea!

  3. That's MY kind of JIGSAW, geographic and not too many pieces!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  4. I went into a restaurant on a trip a few years ago and was surprised to see dozens of jigsaw puzzles assembled and framed, hanging on all the walls. The puzzles were varied and terrific. Kate, ABC Team

  5. Calling by from ABC Wednesday, to enjoy your Jigsaw.

  6. We love doing jigzaw puzzle here at home.

    Juice in Jars

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  7. An excellent way to test ones geography. Always nice to see Furness as part of Lancashire.

  8. Maybe that is what make jigsaw puzzles so interesting? The y create new puzzles.