page two, one can read the following introduction, written in the German style
with very long sentences, which I tried to translate in the same style:
Zag-Zaw Puzzle, no longer is the luxury and choice pastime of small selected
part of our international society, the Zag-Zaw Puzzle did become a household
item for every well educated family.
the hours of relaxation after working hard, as a quiet pastime far away from the
hasty world, for the nasty und unpleasant rainy days, when even a good book can
not arrest the attention for long and the mind longs for a change, so for all
people who have to stay home and are looking for a divertissement for them and
their friends, the Zag-Zaw Puzzle is an ideal and relieving idea. With a Zag-Zaw
Puzzle one can all alone assemble a wonderful picture, from small wooden pieces
cut like a mosaic fitting tight. Without a guiding picture assembling is
possible by looking at the colours on the pieces, the engravings, patterns and
lines on the wooden parts using as clues.
joy and satisfaction form this work is indescribable. Only those that have done
puzzles will now how valuable that is.
joys of a Zag-Zaw Puzzle are in a red jacket, slowly developing into a figure, a
tee trunk gradually becoming the centre of a landscape, a fishing net, only
because of the harmony of the colours, being a part of a growing seascape, when
sharp perception and concentrated brain-work places the pieces well and
games are made of choice plywood and the pictures of the high quality, known
from the irreproachable publications of the big publishers RAPHAEL TUCK &
should care to have a good choice of Zag-Zaw Puzzles in every home; they are
made in 13 different sizes, after the following prices, and can be recognised
from their red, sealed boxes, the name of our Company and the trade mark, easel
and palette, the absolute guarantee for the best quality in art and all art
The third page of this catalogue mentions 20 noble ladies amongst whom several
German Queens. Here an engraving of a puzzle shows no figural pieces and though
the cutting is not on colour lines, itís with respect to important parts of
The Germans obviously liked the same puzzle tournaments (Progressive Puzzle Parties) as the English. Page 12 of the German catalogue advertises them.
This catalogue is very similar to a 1913/14 German catalogue. The 1913/14 copy has the same prices, but 16 pages in stead of 24. There are less advertisements for other Tuck products. The puzzle pictures are updated and more military. Preluding a war? In the 1913/14 catalogue are a few lines form a German professor to point at the high quality of the art prints, also in the tournament puzzles.