[AVIATION]. Imperial Airways Jig-Saw Puzzle: Air Liner, Passengers Embarking At Croydon. Sevenoaks, England; J. Salmon, Fine Art Publisher in Conjunction with Imperial Airways Ltd., circa 1935.
A wooden jigsaw puzzle, priced 3/6, composed of 150 intricately shaped, and interlocking, pieces printed in colours, assembled and loosely laid on board, (completed size 375 x 250mm), printed after a signed watercolour image (signature indecipherable), depicting passengers, dressed in 1930s fashions, boarding an Imperial Airways bi-plane at Croydon airport; the box (250 x 210 x 50mm) with oval pictorial label to lid (with a child's tentatively penned name) and an image of the jigsaw in half-tones to the side; the jigsaw in very good, complete, and attractive condition with a tiny chip to a single piece, the box with wear to edges and a surface scuff (120 x 20mm) to one side, but sound and complete.
The company of J. Salmon Ltd, based in Sevenoaks, Kent, and founded in 1880, sadly ceased trading in December 2018 and was widely recognised as the oldest-established postcard and calendar publisher in Britain before its demise. Imperial Airways (1924-1939) was Britain's first long-range airline and was incorporated into the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) in 1939. Croydon Airport was the UK's major international hub during the interwar period.