Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Crime Club Jigsaw Puzzle of The Death Safe by Edgar Wallace

The Crime Club jig-saw puzzle was a double-faced puzzle, which included a 16-page story of The Death Safe by Edgar Wallace. The idea of the puzzle was to read the story, and then solve the jigsaw clue so that you could solve the crime! Once you put the puzzle together, the solution to the mystery became clear.

The 16-page booklet of The Death Safe begins,
"Bash" was really clever. He stood out from all the other criminals in this respect. For the ranks of wrongdoers are made up of mental deficients--stupid men who invent nothing but lies. They are what the brilliant Mr. Coe calls in American criminals "jail bugs." The English criminal, because he does not dope, becomes a pitiable adn whining creature who demands charity, and the American criminal develops into a potential homicide.
Bash was a constant, but not, in the eyes of the law, an habitual criminal. He had never been charged because he had never been caught. He was an expert safe-breakers and worked alone.
This 200-piece puzzle was published by Einson-Freeman in 1933, and was one of three such puzzles: The Death Safe, The Torch Murder, and The Ringer's Revenge. The original cost of the puzzle was 35 cents, and here is the copy from the back of the box:
THE CRIME CLUB 
JIG-SAW PUZZLE
What was the secret of "THE DEATH SAFE?"
WHAT deadly thing lurked within?
WHO was "The Ringer", mysterious avenger of crime?
WHY did he kill "Bash the Brutal"?
HOW did "Mr. Bash" meet his fate?

READ--
The thrilling 16-page story by EDGAR WALLACE--King of Mystery-story writers--most widely read author of "thrillers" in the world, then--

SOLVE--
The double-sided, 200 piece jig-saw puzzle--really TWO puzzles of 200 pieces each.
FIRST--put together the CLUE side--the torn letter and newspaper clipping. THEN put together the PICTURE side--in green and black--and you will

SOLVE THE CRIME!
CC-1 © 1933, EINSON-FREEMAN COMPANY, INC. Publishers, LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. LITHO IN U.S.A. Distributed by THE AMERICAN NEWS COMPANY, INC 

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