The Flapper - Life, 1922 (Large)



422 wooden pieces / 438x343x5mm (approx. 17.25x13.50x0.25")

Material: 5mm Linden Plywood

Artist: F.X Leyendecker, 1922

Cut Design: Aidan Knowles

This puzzle is also available in a smaller size - click here to view

Enjoy a little nostalgia with The Flapper wooden jigsaw. This beautiful puzzle features a Vintage Life Magazine cover from 1922, brought to life with 422 irregular and whimsical shaped pieces. Crafted from high-quality 5mm Linden plywood, it's a perfect blend of illustrative art and entertainment. Get lost in the charm of the past as you piece together this unique puzzle. 

We chose this beautiful image because it was created in 1922, around the same year that Gerald Hayter declared 'Victory' as the brand name for his wooden puzzles.

It's a signature puzzle for us and features many cool whimsies of objects that were common or invented around that time.

This delightful puzzle features a unique art-deco cut pattern and contains ~30 whimsy pieces, many of them multipart!

This puzzle comes in our beautiful new premium quality packaging - a very sturdy box with a magnetic closure. It will look fabulous on your bookshelf or coffee table!

What Is a Flapper?

No one knows how the word flapper entered American slang, but its usage first appeared just following World War I.

The classic image of a flapper is that of a stylish young party girl. Flappers smoked in public, drank alcohol, danced at jazz clubs and practiced sexual freedom that shocked the Victorian morality of their parents.

Flappers were famous—or infamous, depending on your viewpoint—for their rakish attire.

They donned fashionable flapper dresses of shorter, calf-revealing lengths and lower necklines, though not typically form-fitting: Straight and slim was the preferred silhouette.

Flappers wore high heel shoes and threw away their corsets in favor of bras and lingerie. They gleefully applied rouge, lipstick, mascara and other cosmetics, and favored shorter hairstyles like the bob.

Designers like Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Jean Patou ruled flapper fashion. Jean Patou’s invention of knit swimwear and women’s sportswear like tennis clothes inspired a freer, more relaxed silhouette, while the knitwear of Chanel and Schiaparelli brought no-nonsense lines to women’s clothing. Madeleine Vionnet’s bias-cut designs (made by cutting fabric against the grain) emphasized the shape of a woman’s body in a more natural way.

For more information about the Flapper movement, click here (opens separate window)

About the artist

Frank Xavier Leyendecker was an American. He worked with his brother, J.C., in their studio, first in Chicago then later in New York City and New Rochelle, New York.

He studied for a time at the Académie Julian in France. He was known for his stained glass work as well as his illustrations for magazines and advertisements.

Article code: 23503

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Ann, Wooden Puzzle Addict
Lovely Fun Puzzle

This was the first Victory puzzle, from the "modern day" company, that I completed. I did many of the Vintage ones in my day, but the cut of the pieces in this puzzle were unlike any of those that I have done. The cut was different in a "monotonous" way that made the puzzle NOT monotonous, but rather very challenging. Especially when I got to the white boundary area I was challenged to approach the pieces in a way unlike I have ever experienced. The challenge was welcome and delightful. I can't wait to see what the next of their puzzles will offer. I would really have given it 4.5 stars but went for 4 since I can't do 4.5. The only thing I would improve is that some of the points on the black areas seemed to have "chipped," or something, that made the piece not black on its point. VERY slight visual distraction.

Peter Biddlecombe
The big flapper - bigger and better

I don’t usually buy a second puzzle with an image already owned, but some one else decided that I would have this one even though I already had the original smaller version. For a long time, 250 pieces was as big as I went in wooden jigsaws, but I now see 400-600 as the ideal size, especially if you're a fairly speedy assembler and 250s sometimes seem too quick. But another advantage is simply having a bigger version of the picture. It’s easily as pleasing as the smaller version, with quite a few more whimsies, including a nicely done trumpet and sax. The big area of shades of white is quite tough, but the pieces make it clear which possible fits are true ones. For that reason, it might take longer than Home on the Range. There's also a mild challenge from the white of those pieces being quite close to the back's basswood colour. If that's an aspect that might put you off, try La Chablisienne, which I have in the smaller size and expected to be much easier than The Flapper. I decided the truth was "only slightly easier".