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‘Childhood Memories’
by Falcon De-Luxe Jigsaws


Clicking on the image will link you to the Amazon page, where by hovering your mouse over the image there, you can magnify individual sections.

Childhood Memories is part of the Nostalgia range and is a delightful 1000 piece puzzle that captures early childhood memories of traditional and classic games.

Included in this fantastic collage of traditional illustrations are some iconic games and old favourites – Snakes and Ladders, Tiddledy Winks, Blow Football and Ludo – are all featured. Building this puzzle is bound to take you back to your childhood – maybe you didn’t play with these exact versions, but I expect you have played a version of ‘Fish Pond’ and ‘Old Maid’ and we have all tried to ‘Tiddle a Wink’ at some point.

The artwork on the boxes featured would be considered old-fashioned now, but certainly reflects the attitudes of the time, so take the opportunity to reminisce and enjoy looking at images of old favourites, as you piece together this delightful 1000 piece Falcon Deluxe puzzle.


Image Of The Falcon Jumbo Jigsaw Logo

Falcon’s de luxe range was first introduced in the 1970’s. With it’s distinctive blue backing card, using precision printing and cutting techniques, it brought together beautifully finished high-quality Fine Art images and popular collections – from richly detailed cottages and nostalgic countryside scenes to striking one-off images. They celebrate Falcon’s distinctive brand values of heritage and innovation. We choose only the most suitable illustrations for our jigsaws and in addition to this the cardboard used is of the highest quality. We die cut each jigsaw piece carefully, so when the jigsaw is completed, it looks just like a poster. Making jigsaws has always been, and will always remain, our passion.

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Image Of Box Falcon Deluxe Jigsaw Childhood Memories Games Of Yesteryear

As always, buying a ‘quality’ jigsaw puzzle, from a renowned manufacturer, paid off, despite the obvious age of the product. As a previously owned item, purchased from a charity shop, I was pleasantly surprised that the pieces were as crisp and bright as when they were new and that the completed scene locked and fitted neatly together, almost seamlessly,

This was a traditional jigsaw puzzle, with no surprise shaped pieces, or sneaky fitting techniques.  Perhaps only showing its true age, in as much as there was no information sheet provided either inside, nor on the box itself, so I was unable to learn and share any facts about the design artist, or the illustration content; something which is almost taken for granted these days, when purchasing from one of the high-end manufacturers.

In fact, whilst I recognised many of the games from my own childhood, there were some I didn’t know at all. I have researched those as thoroughly as possible, however that has made it quite difficult to actually define a possible time era for the nostalgia journey.

Apparently, the original game of ‘John Bull’, was an old English pub game in which players would take it in turns tossing coins or stones onto a four-by-four grid of squares, randomly numbered from 1-16, in an effort to score as many points as possible.

Whilst the image of ‘Game Of Puss’ (bottom left of picture), is possibly a 1900s USA magazine advert.

Similarly ‘Pussy Cat Puzzle Box’ (top left of picture), would appear to be just that – the image as seen on a jigsaw puzzle box, which apparently is now quite sought after and fetching a good price at auction.

I decided to post this short product review on Amazon and as always with this site, I needed to give the jigsaw a star rating, so I have awarded it 4 stars. This product is part of my personal collection, bought and paid for by myself, from the local charity shop where I volunteer and I have not been asked for, nor received, any payment for a review.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Great to see so many classic and well loved games here (I still love Snakes and Ladders and Old Maid) including some which have really stood the test of time. Interesting how many I didn’t recognise. Like yourself I had to investigate several of them including Little Kitten and Driving Test.

    Great nostalgic post. I’m wondering if my mam can perhaps remember any of them. Perhaps her dad playing John Bull?

    • Hi Tracy,

      I did remember the nursery rhyme “Three Little Kittens Have Lost Their Mittens ..” and I can vaguely recall the game of “Driving Test”.

      I am surprised at just how popular board games still are, despite all the computer and tablet games which exist today. Although most families only ever seem to get together at Christmas to air off their games, when I recall playing board games as a family, most weekends.

      I much prefer these nostalgic and general interest jigsaws, to the traditional “chocolate box” designs of my youth. They are much more fun and interesting to do and the accompanying blurb is always worth reading. Also some of the cover art is amazing, even though I realise that many of the graphics are done by computer, which in itself is a skill.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it 🙂

  • What a fun puzzle – just the type I like to do. While it appears to have enough detail to keep it challenging, it doesn’t look to be too hard, thus taking away the pleasure in assembling.

    I can’t remember playing it, but I think “snakes and ladders” was called “chutes and ladders” over here. Now I have played my share of Old Maid, often with a regular deck of cards (removing all the queens except for the queen of spades). I think I still have a tiddly (tiddledy?) wink set somewhere in my game cabinet. 🙂

    • Hi Kelly,

      I have noticed before that “chutes and ladders” is the US equivalent of our own “snakes and ladders”, although I had never come across “tiddledy winks” before. I did a little sleuthing and came up with a reference to both, although “tiddledy” appears to be the vintage version of the game, with any available games fetching some quite hefty prices. “Tiddlywinks” which is all one word apparently, is still very much around and is essentially the exact same game.

      I love posts and comments where I need to go and check things out, it will often take the conversation into a whole new direction and I just love being able to discover new facts and information that I didn’t know before.

      Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have always loved jigsaw puzzles and even as a child, they were one of my favourite birthday or Christmas gifts.

      Even though these days one can take me an age to finish, it is just the thought that a puzzle is there, if I simply want to relax for even a couple of minutes and add another piece or two.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Tiddeldy or Tiddlywinks (the latter is more often used here in the UK), is a game I remember well from my own childhood and which is still going strong today!


      It is a very simple to understand game, doesn’t involve an inordinate amount of equipment to play it and doesn’t require a huge space for storage.

      Having reached a certain age, I guess that nostalgia is becoming more and more important to me, however I generally choose this type of imagery because of the added interest and colour it brings to the finished jigsaw.

      I hope that your Christmas plans are well under way 🙂

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