The Abbey House Wednesday Clubbers had fun this week piecing together jigsaws that had probably not been out of their box for over 80 years. This helped the museum to catalogue the puzzles properly, check if they were complete and also in many instances actually see the picture for the first time. Some of the jigsaws had been issued by newspapers (such as the Daily Mail and Evening Standard) in the 1930s and offered prizes of £5000 to those who could complete them. Fortunately this incentive was not needed and all the jigsaws were finished by the early afternoon.

The “Popular Dogs” jigsaw proved particularly challenging as the pieces are not fully interlocking and had a tendancy to move out of place and was the only puzzle to defeat the patience of the Wednesday Club ladies. It was completed by following day by Toni Giles, an intern student at the museum.

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