As happens from time to time, I am making a short diversion away from the ‘bookish’ posts you will usually find here, to share one of my other pastimes with you.
Yes! I am a not so secret dissectologist – or someone who enjoys assembling jigsaw puzzles…
Clicking on this Amazon link will allow you to magnify individual items, for a closer look at all those 1960s sweet memories!
As with so many of this style of jigsaw, the traditional way of making the outside edge first, just wouldn’t have worked for me. So I just got stuck right into assembling the prominent images first and worked my way out, adding the edge pieces as I went.
Born in 1958, I was very much a working class ‘child of the 60s’, and there were several of these sweet treats I didn’t recognise, more than I actually care to admit when I started totting them up! On thinking back however, I was too young to make my own way to school with money in my pocket to spend at the corner shop, on the way to class. And when our meagre pocket money was dished out on a Saturday afternoon, my brother and I tried to get as many sweets as we could for our pennies, so we usually ended up with 4 for a penny chews and similar – quantity always won out over quality in those days, although ‘Opal fruits’ to share, were always a winner if dad was feeling generous! Fancy bars and boxes of chocolates, like most of those illustrated in this puzzle, were reserved for special occasions and Christmas!
GIBSONS – 1960s SWEET MEMORIES
During the Swinging Sixties, a new era of sophistication was heralded with After Eight thin mints and then Matchmakers chocolate sticks in orange, coffee and peppermint flavours. There was a growing appetite for peppermint with chocolate, including the new Rowntrees Cracknel. Other new brands on the sweet counter included Jelly Tots, Tooty Fruities, Toffee Crisp, Skippy, Aztec, Galaxy Counters, Treats and Marathon (becoming Snickers in 1989).
Perhaps the most notable of boxed assortments in the 1960s was Lucky Numbers in its funky box, but most people remained loyal to familiar names like Milk Tray (since 1916), Dairy Box (1936) and Roses (1938).
The big change in retailing was the growth of the supermarket, and this rend influenced the way the wrapper was designed, now becoming more visible to stand out from the crowd.
THE ROBERT OPIE SERIES
This evocative and nostalgic series of sweet memory jigsaws will remind us all of running down to the corner shop to buy our favourite treats. Through this series, the changing face of familiar wrappers can be seen, along with the products that have come and gone. Whatever our age, they have played a part in our lives – and our memories.
The items that make up these jigsaws come from the Robert Opie Collection, which is housed at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London’s Notting Hill.
Having saved the packaging and promotional materials around him since he was at school, Robert Opie gathered together the earlier story of mass manufacture from many sources.
In 1975 he held an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and then in 1984 founded Britain’s first museum devoted to the story of our consumer society.
The displays give a sense of the evolving culture and life-style since Victorian times, represented through the everyday items that we all take for granted – from motor cars, telephones, holidays and entertainment, to all manner of branded groceries, sweets and household goods.
The collection traces the changes in social taste and tempo, the whims of style and fashion, the advent of aviation, the jazz age and the gradual emancipation of women. It’s through the fabric of our daily living – the song sheets, toys, souvenirs, postcards, magazines and posters – that the rich tapestry of the British way of life is woven together.
2020 marks 101 years since Gibsons founder, Harry Percy Gibson formed H. P. Gibson & Sons Limited. Now into their fourth generation with Harry’s great-granddaughter at the helm, they are proud of their British heritage and are still providing fun family pastimes for all ages.
The Gibsons team and product offering have grown a lot over the last ten decades, however their values remain the same. ‘Bringing people together’ underpins everything they do: from encouraging people to play games, and creating a happy working culture, to supporting a local children’s charity and valuing the relationships with their suppliers and customers.
Their 1000 piece puzzles are made from the thickest board on the market. They use 100% recycled board for their entire jigsaw range and work with the best artists from all around the world.
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‘1960s Sweet Memories’ like so many of my jigsaws, was a charity shop purchase, so I am always at the mercy of the previous owner, as to whether or not they have donated a complete item. This time I was not disappointed!
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