|Date made||c 1940 - 1941|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Patriotic jigsaw puzzle : 'Australia will be there'
Rectangular landscape format 120 piece jigsaw puzzle entitled 'Australia will be there' featuring an Australian soldier, airman and sailor at attention against a background of the flags of India, South Africa, Great Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. A piece of military equipment appears in each corner: an anti-aircraft gun, a dive bomber, a flying boat and a destroyer. The coat of arms of each state appears above the title scroll. Missing two pieces. Supplied with the backing card of the original packing envelope, with a small black and white image of the completed puzzle affixed with the words 'EMPIRE JIG SAWS'.
History unknown. Typical patriotic Australian-produced child's jigsaw puzzle from the late thirties to mid forties period. These were supplied in an outer envelope of the same size as the completed jigsaw, often with a small image of the finished picture on the reverse of the envelope. The 'wave' style of die-cutting is typical of the period, and of John Sands jigsaws from the mid 1930s to the mid 1950s.