H978.68.213a-c - Alice in Wonderland Puzzles

Catalogue Number
H978.68.213a-c
Object Name
Puzzle
Object Type
Picture
Origin Country
Germany (?)
Origin Province / Territory
Bavaria (?)
Origin Municipality
England
Use Country
Canada
Use Province / Territory
BC
Use Municipality
Vancouver
Dates/Period
1920s
Date
1920 to 1929
Artifact History

From the Estate of Celia Bould. Her family moved to Vancouver from England in 1928.

General Artifact History

During the 18th century, ideas about the education of children began to change. Educational opportunities for the young increased and authors wrote books specifically intended for children. Producing tools which helped children to learn, such as printed alphabets and multiplication tables and maps, became a profitable enterprise. The dissected puzzle, from which the jigsaw puzzle evolved, was invented by John Spilsbury, a London printer, in the 1760s. Spilsbury glued maps onto wooden panels and cut them into various shapes. These maps were intended "for the edification of the young" and ranged in price from seven to thirteen shillings. During the 19th century, colour lithography was introduced and puzzles featured a variety of subjects, such as well known masterpieces and scenes. However, their purpose remained primarily educational. Puzzles helped children to develop patience, calculation, and solitary concentration, qualities much prized by middle-class Victorians. These puzzles depict scenes from Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" which was first published in 1865 and which has remained a popular book with children. On the back of the puzzle board are verses which refer to the characters: "The Hatter who is mad, we see/ The whole day long is taking tea/ Because his watch has had a shock/ And always stays at five o'clock!"

Age Group

child

Gender Association
Female
Manufacturer
Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd.
Brand Name
Father Tuck's Picture Building Puzzle
Physical Description
simple geometric forms set into cutout back board; coloured images with following titles: a) "Alice in Wonderland - The Queen of Hearts and Other Friends"; b) "Alice in Wonderland - The White Rabbit and Other Friends"; c) "Alice in Wonderland - The Mad Hatter and Other Friends"; English design; made in Bavaria
a-c) puzzle
Material
cardboard
Colour
Multi-coloured
Dimension Remarks

same for all parts; given for assembled puzzle

Parts
Artifact Part Height (cm) Length (cm) Width (cm) Depth (cm) Diameter (cm) Thickness (cm) Weight
a-c 26.50 21.40
Technique
cut, printed
Nomenclature
Department
History
Source
Bould, H.S. (Estate)