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33-04-25 The Jigsaw Puzzle

Modern Mechanics, April '33
Vic tries to entice Rush to help him put together a jigsaw puzzle.  Rush wants no part of it - in fact, he teases Vic at first and wants to be paid to help with the puzzle.

But like the nation at large in 1933, enthusiasm for the time-killer gets the best of Rush and he eventually enjoys it more than Vic.


+ By 1933, jigsaw puzzles were at their zenith in the United States.  Not only were they putting together a puzzle on Vic and Sade, but it's the centerpiece of the Laurel and Hardy short, "Me and My Pal", the same year.  Oliver is getting married but receives a jigasaw puzzle as a gift and everyone imaginable stops by to put pieces together, making the boys late for the wedding ceremony.
+ One of the big songs in '33 was Jig Saw Puzzle Blues.

The title is one I have provided purely for identification purposes.

[The gist of this episode is revealed in the book,Vic and Sade on the Radio: A Cultural History of Paul Rhymer's Daytime Series

1 comment:

  1. More than a time-killer, puzzles were a social pastime. They come up on a number of old time radio shows. The notion of asking to be paid is as much a ruse (a Rush ruse!) to earn some easy money, as hard times meant for little extra money for kids to spend.