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‘Food And Beverage’
By Falcon De-Luxe Jigsaws

This jigsaw puzzle was a bargain price find at just £3, purchased from the charity shop where I volunteer and which supports my local hospice. It seeems to have taken me an age to finish, but to be fair, I have only worked on it in very short bursts and quite infrequently.



Part of the ‘Days Gone By’ range featuring beautiful and nostalgic images. This builds into a delightful montage of charming old food and drink adverts. This puzzle is made using Jumbo’s new DCM cutting technology for a high quality finish and with pieces that interlock extremely cleanly.

Another trip down memory lane, with this selection of food and drink advertisements, although given the estimated dateline of the products, I am pleased to say that I only recognised one of the brand names, that of Tennent’s Lager. If you follow this link, you will quickly work out that things have moved on in the world of product advertising, since the days of this jigsaw depiction, however Tennent’s seems to have stood the test of time and are a thriving business to this day.

This was quite a colourful and varied puzzle to work, with several areas of detailed interest and degrees of difficulty, although not so much as to spoil any enjoyment and sense of achievement.

The apparent age of the puzzle probably also answers the only criticism I was going to make about it, in that there is only the small amount of text as quoted above, which offers scant information about the origins of the brands and images used. On more modern jigsaws of this type, a comprehensive ‘synopsis’ is almost an integral part of the overall experience. Still, when all is said and done, at the price, I really have little cause for complaint. The finished jigsaw looks good and it was definitely a fun filled challenge to complete!

This jigsaw puzzle was a charity shop purchase. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

I personally do not agree with ‘rating’ a purchase, as the overall experience is all a matter of personal taste, which varies from person to person. However some review sites do demand a rating value, so when this review is posted to such a site, it will attract a 4 out of 5.

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    • Hi Mary,

      I used to only enjoy working the traditional ‘chocolate box’ jigsaw puzzle – country cottage with flowers round the door etc. – however I now find the variety, interest, intricacy and colour of the advertising and heritage jigsaws, much more suited to my taste.

      It’s fun trying to spot the aspects of of everyday life and products I can relate to and I enjoy reading the trivia and interesting facts, which are often included as part of the overall experience.

      I’m pleased to say, that I only recognised one or two of the product names featured in ‘Food And Beverages’, so at least I don’t feel too old 🙂

  • This looks like a fun puzzle! I would imagine it’s not too easy, but not so difficult to take away the pleasure. I guess since I tend to get most of my puzzles from catalogs (or their websites), I seldom see much of a synopsis about their content. I’ll admit, though, on one like this it would be nice to have some explanatory notes. I was glad the one I worked on (American) Civil War figures included notes.

    I would say this puzzle was indeed a bargain. I’m glad you enjoyed working it!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I seldom have to pay more than £3 for a 1,000 piece jigsaw and then I get a 25% staff discount on that, so it can’t be bad value for money. I generally tend to stick to the more exclusive names in the jigsaw puzzle market ie. Ravensburger, Falcon Deluxe, Gibsons or Wentworths, where I know the quality is good, so that it doesn’t matter so much about the jigsaw being brand new!

      All of those companies also tend to include some good explanatory facts about the jigsaw and sometimes a reference to the artist, whom I always like to research.

      I am thinking of applying to become a Ravensberger review site, but trying not to get too excited about it, as I’m not sure that my review catalogue to date is good enough … So fingers crossed, as this is something I would really enjoy doing, alongside my book promotions and reviews 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I have a whole pile of this type of jigsaw puzzle, from several different manufacturers and it is now becoming something of a serious collecting addiction, almost as bad as the book TBR mountain!

      I don’t mind going back in time, although I don’t like it when I recognise more than one or two of the items in the picture! and obviously the more modern era pictures are much more varied and colourful.

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

    • Hi Hila,

      As well as making for a very varied and interesting jigsaw puzzle, I also like to see just how we used to go about marketing and advertising products back in the day. We simply couldn’t get away with most of the sales techniques and messages in these ultra politically correct times.

      I agree with you about the apricot chocolate, although the only reference I could find to the product was the fact that the same advertising poster, is still being sold by companies around the world, in these times of the ‘all things retro and vintage’ rush.

      Thanks for visiting, I appreciate the comment 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Vintage images are fun to work, interesting when the puzzle manufacturer writes some ‘blurb’ about them, and fun to look at … That is, until I begin to recognise some of the products and services, and they are still being referred to as ‘vintage’ … Then I’m not quite so happy!!

      Seriously, it doesn’t really bother me all that much, there is nothing I can do to hold back the passing of time and my nieces and nephews really DO think we are vintage anyway 🙂

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