Wednesday, October 06, 2010
31 Days of Halloween - Day 6
Imagine my delight when I discovered this box among some games and puzzles belonging to my maternal grandparents (though this actually belongs to my Great Aunt, but I'm not giving it back). The red is actually more brick red than the bright red my scanner interpreted it as. It's from the 1920s maybe early 1930s.
Of course when I assembled it, it looked like this:
Maybe the witch lives in that house, or is the person setting out in the blue sailboat, or on one of the missing pieces. Who am I trying to kid? This is not a puzzle of a witch. It was a bit tricky as far as puzzles go though. If you click on the picture for a closer look, you'll see how the puzzle was cut into the most bizarre and random shapes possible, not two of which actually interlocked.
So why call it a witch puzzle if it's actually a puzzle depicting some waterfront scenery? If you look closer, the cover of the box labels this puzzle as an "art picture." This lack of specificity must have made it hard to choose one, or even harder to choose a second without concern you were buying the exact same puzzle. As to the witch aspect...
Even back then, Salem was clearly promoting itself as the witch city in some capacity, or at least the Salem Chemical and Supply Co. was.
So the puzzle was a bust, but I still really like the box.