Review: Ravensburger “The Secretary” jigsaw puzzle

Disclosure: This product was sent to me free of charge by Ravensburger to be reviewed. However, as per my PR info disclaimer, this review is my unbiased honest opinion of the product.

ravensburgerProduct: Ravensburger Happy Days at Work – The Secretary, 500pc jigsaw puzzle

Price: £7.99

Age Range: 10+

Manufacturer’s Description: This is the 8th in a series of nostalgic puzzles looking back at jobs and professions. Our scene shows a Secretary busily at work in her 1960s office. She has a “state of the art” electric typewriter, and her trusty shorthand notebook and pen is at the ready! Lucky girl, she seems to have someone to help her with the filing, and we just love her trendy coffee mug. Those were the days! The puzzle, created for us by popular artist Trevor Mitchell, is full of bright, cheerful colours and plenty of detail. Jigsaw puzzle measuring 49.3 x 36.2cm and A4 inbox leaflet showing additional puzzle picture for reference and artist’s biography

Rating: (5/5 stars)

The Secretary jigsaw puzzle

Review: I really enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles, and being offered this lovely 500 piece Ravensburger puzzle to review was like being handed an excuse to take a few hours for myself and do something to relax.

This puzzle is from the Ravensburger “Happy Days at Work” series, and is entitled “The Secretary”. It measures 49.3 x 36.2cm and depicts a scene in an office, with a secretary busy on the phone while her boss sits at his desk in the background, and the filing girl crouches at the filing cabinet.

One morning last week I strapped Lydia to my back and went for a long walk for Georgie. After over two hours of roaming around the countryside we returned tired out & in need of a restful afternoon, so we headed upstairs to chill out, Georgie with my iPad, and me with my lovely new jigsaw.

It took me a couple of hours to complete the jigsaw, and it was a pleasure to do. The printing is excellent and the pieces are very well cut. The puzzle was marked as being a “premium puzzle” with “softclick technology” which I assume means that the pieces fit together nicely, which they do!

The Secretary jigsaw puzzle

The picture on the puzzle is great; the “Happy Days at Work” series looks back nostalgically at various jobs, and this one depicts a secretary at work.

I love that she has a state of the art electric typewriter halfway through a page in front of her, and is busy multitasking, trying to do three or four jobs at once. Update the technology and it’s not so different from the admin jobs I used to do before having the girls.

The posters and pictures on the wall behind the secretary give some extra character to the scene, and the little details like the biscuit crumbs on the plate and fun mug on the desk are great.

I really enjoyed my afternoon relaxing doing this puzzle, and had no problems with missing pieces, incorrectly fitting pieces, or anything like that. It is a really high quality jigsaw puzzle, well packaged.

The information sheet enclosed, complete with a reproduction of the picture on the jigsaw, is really nice to have. It gives you more details about the artwork as well as the artist behind it, which I thought was fascinating. I liked being able to refer to a copy of the picture on a piece of paper too, as it allowed me to use both the bottom of the box and the lid to store and sort through the pieces.

So many puzzles are dull and boring, but this is a colourful and vibrant scene with touches of fun. I give this puzzle 5 stars.

7 thoughts on “Review: Ravensburger “The Secretary” jigsaw puzzle

  1. I love a good jigsaw too, It’s quite addictive the way you have to keep going back to add a few more pieces, Bud loves them too and we often spend a few hours on a jigsaw afternoon.

  2. I’ve not done a “grown up” puzzle for years! My Grandma loved them so it was something I used to do with her in my teens.
    Thanks for linking up with #triedtested x

  3. Love jigsaws! I haven’t done one since my eldest began to crawl and eat the pieces and that was seven years ago…Might have to treat myself to one! #triedandtested

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