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‘Seaside Antics!’
by Donald McGill
Jigsaw Puzzle
by Jumbo Falcon de luxe

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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 jigsaw puzzle assembly.

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Clicking on this Amazon link will allow you to magnify individual montages, for a closer look at all those ever so slightly, saucy postcard images!

I have added numbers to the images and  included the captions which would have originally accompanied each card, which by today’s standards are really very tame and probably wouldn’t warrant a second glance, although I am guessing that back in the day they would have been considered quite risqué.

This was definitely not a jigsaw where the traditional way of making the outside edge first would have worked. In fact the borders of the individual cards caused me more grief than anything else! You might think they all look obviously different, but once you get started you quickly realise that was a false hope 🙂


Donald McGill was known as the ‘King of Saucy Postcards’, his designs selling millions between 1904 and 1962. These wonderfully witty illustrations only earned him up to three guineas a design, but today his original artwork can fetch thousands.

Re-live the good old days of classic English holidays by the coast with this 1000pc puzzle montage and indulge in the hilarious humour of yesteryear.

All the images featured in this puzzle were illustrated as individual postcards, and each one was printed with a humourous phrase.

Image of jigsaw 'Saucy Summer Postcards' with images numbered for captions

1. Yes, Sir, if a lad’s got anything in him, the sea will fetch it out! … 2. I call my doggie ‘corsets’ – ‘cos he’s tied up all day and let out at night! … 3. What d’yer mean by coming on parade with the top of your tunic undone?! … 4. That’s where dad is! …      5. I may ‘ave ‘ad a couple but blimey! I knows ‘Addock from ‘Ake!! … 6. They had a beer drinking competition at the club last night. Oh, who got second prize? … 7. I’m high and dry on the coast here! … 8. Having a clinking time!! … 9. I slept with something hot last night! … 10. I and my bird! … 11. Some girls work all week through and wash their smalls on a Sunday. Thank goodness I’m not one of them-well, not before next Monday! … 12. Look at me after a week here- and I came with Rheumatism too!! … 13. What becomes of a car mummy, when it really won’t go anymore? Somebody sells it to your father! … 14. Me and my gal are down here! … 15. I’m getting a good sniff of the briny down here! … 16. Me and my donkey or I’ve just been post haste to the post to post this card to you! … 17. Our handy man. Does anything for anybody. A real public convenience! … 18. It’s most confusing! Mother tells me one thing and you tell me another!

Visit the Donald McGill museum of saucy seaside postcards

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Donald McGill’s Seaside Antics, like so many of my jigsaws, was a charity shop purchase, from Dorothy House Hospice Shop in Warminster, Wiltshire, where I volunteer.

Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article promoting Jumbo Falcon puzzles.

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 5 out of 5 stars.

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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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  • I love your puzzle posts, Yvonne! I really like the bright colors in this one and feel like it would be fun without being too challenging…. at least until it comes to those borders.

    Thanks for including all the captions. Not too racy by today’s standards, but still quite entertaining.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Yes! I definitely enjoy the more vibrantly coloured jigsaws these days and certainly those with some interesting images which mean something to me, or have special memories, particularly resonate.

      When we went on our annual one week family holiday as children, it was always to the seaside, where there would be a plethora of beach front shops selling postcards. It was always the ‘done’ thing back then to send postcards to friends and family, to let them know you were safe and having a good time!

      We always got to browse the postcards, although the ‘cheeky’ ones such as those illustrated in this jigsaw, were generally all together on a separate spinner, which we were kept well away from!

      My MIL did go through a spell of collecting postcards around the time when we were first married, however I think she soon bored of that idea when she actually sat and thought about why she was collecting them and what she was really going to do with them all. I have never asked her if she still has her collection, as I wouldn’t mind taking them over one day.

      I follow a twitter account hosted by Tom Jackson and called ‘Postcard From The Past’. He regularly posts postcards from his huge collection, together with a couple of lines which have been written by the sender. I love this idea…


      This was definitely a fun puzzle to make and thank you for taking the time to stop by and check it out 🙂

        • I have to admit that I am totally intrigued and often bewildered by the kind of things which people wrote/write on postcards.

          I also love looking at the old shots of places, especially if I can recall them from my own travels, or know what they look like today as a comparison! 🙂

        • Unfortunately, that’s a tradition which has died out in our circle of family and friends. The end of an era I guess, with texting and social media always on hand today. Such a shame! 🙂

  • Great fun! Yes, sometimes the border is so difficult it’s better to start in the middle and work out. I’ve had to do that a few times.

    • Hi Cath,

      The style of puzzle I tend to do these days, does lend itself to being started with some of the more colourful central parts of the jigsaw, with the often more difficult same-coloured edge pieces being added as I work outwards.

      I know this kind of goes against tradition, but I just find it suits my style better, although I quite often end up by having to slide finished middle sections around to make the edge pieces fit, if I have got the sizing and positioning a bit out of sync!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I have my fingers crossed for Monday and take care of yourself 🙂 xx

      • Hi Yvonne, just thought I’d let you know here, Peter has not had to have anything done. Ie: needles, drains or anything like that. They did a CAT scan this morning and the amount of fluid has reduced so much that they’re happy with his progress. They’re going to change his antibiotics slightly which should get rid of the rest of the fluid and they’re hoping he can come home on Friday. Really good news. Thank you for your lovely support and I’ll answer your PM on Twitter soon.

        • Oh! I am so pleased for you both. In some ways it was a blessing in disguise that there was a delay in them being able to treat him, as they may have carried out procedures which weren’t necessary. I bet you are relieved and can’t wait to get him home 🙂

          • Funny, I hadn’t thought of it like that but you’re quite right. Spoke to him tonight and they’ve removed his oxygen feed for the first time since he went in on the 13th. Hopefully he’ll be ok without it and he’ll be home on Friday. Keep your fingers crossed!

            • Thinking of you both and knowing what you are going through, as yesterday we received some potentially bad news about one of our own oldest and dearest friends, although until any diagnosis is totally confirmed, I’ll say no more right now.

              Look after each other and Stay Safe in all the madness which is sure to happen come July 4th! 🙂

  • Starting a new window as the other is getting smaller and smaller. I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve had potential bad news about a very good friend. I’m hearing all kinds of similar stories lately, although one piece of good news, a close friend of my daughter’s who was told she had breast cancer apparently doesn’t. I’ll keep your friend in my thoughts, Yvonne.

    We shan’t be going anywhere on July the 4th! Peter will now be even higher risk than before so we’ll continue staying at home with only our youngest daughter and grandson visiting and even then we’ll not be hugging and so forth. I plan to take no risks whatsoever and I’m sure you feel the same. Take care. *Hugs*

    • Hi Cath,

      Still waiting to hear from our friend’s wife with an update. She is highly shielded, so they have only left the house once in the whole of lockdown, last Saturday, as they were allowed to do, to go for a short walk along the seafront (they live in Llandudno). The promenade is really wide and they didn’t encounter anyone along their route. They did a click and collect at Tesco on the way home, but the assistant loaded their car and they were not allowed to get out.

      Monday he has a suspected heart attack and is taken into hospital, the ‘Green Zone’ which has been cleaned of Covid 19. Whilst waiting to see a consultant who wants to arrange an angiogram, as they now suspect angina rather than a heart attack, they decide to do a Covid 19 swab and it comes back positive. He has no symptoms and feels fine now, but has been moved to a four man Covid ward, where all the other patients are coughing and spluttering!

      Needless to say, he is kicking up a real stink, as they won’t do a second test, just in case the first one was a false positive!

      His wife is going mad at home, so she and her daughter have managed to get emergency tests for themselves! – You couldn’t make it up!!

      We have been going out for a walk once a week, very early in the morning, in as deserted a place as we can find. I ventured out alone for the first time yesterday, to the chemist and I met two friends in the park for a chat. Now I feel so guilty and ill just waiting for the next 14 days to come and go, so that I know I haven’t brought anything home with me! We are three responsible middle-aged women who kept very socially distant, I wiped every surface I touched as I entered the house and I stripped all my clothes off to wash, showered and changed immediately – yet I still feel as if I have done something wrong.

      So yes, I know exactly how you feel about staying home, as I think this is a long way from being over yet!

      Stay Safe 🙂

Written by Yvonne