Perry, Heather "Herry"

Rare Art Deco Imperial and International Communications Ltd Map Puzzle

Art Deco Wooden Puzzle Imperial and International Communications Limited


Bring a piece of British telecommunications history to your collection. This exquisite, complete, and rare Art Deco style puzzle map of the Imperial and International Communications (IICL) network ca. 1930 precedes McDonald Gill's Cable and Wireless Great Circle map by 15 years and features elegant characters representing the Anemoi, mythological Roman wind gods, and the Greek wind gods or Venti: Boreas, Zephyrus, Notus, Eurus, Aquilo, Favonius, Auster, and Vulturnus. Green lines indicate the undersea cables of the IICL, while dotted green lines signify IICL wireless transmissions.

Art Deco details from Herry Perry map puzzle for Imperial and International Communications Ltd, 1930, London.
Detail from Herry Perry's Art Deco IICL map puzzle, 1930.

The map was designed by Herry Perry and manufactured as a promotional item for the IICL, by the Chad Valley Company, an eminent English toy manufacturer . The Chad Valley Company was active from 1860 to 1978. Its products ranged from high-quality soft toys, educational puzzles, board games, to construction sets.

In 1929, the Imperial Telegraphs Act paved the way for the formation of two new companies that would merge the various telegraph and wireless services within the British Empire and create a coordinated global communications network. Initially, IICL focused on expanding its services within the British Empire, but it eventually expanded its coverage to other regions like the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. IICL merged with Cable & Wireless Limited in 1934. Includes the intact original puzzle box.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to own a rare and remarkable piece of British telecommunications history - purchase this Art Deco map puzzle of the IICL network today.

Herry Perry (1875 - 1962)

Heather "Herry" Perry was an English artist and designer born on March 23, 1897, as Anne Erica Thackeray Perry in London, England. Perry attended the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. Perry was a versatile artist and designer who worked in a variety of mediums. She is perhaps best known for her work as a commercial artist, creating designs for book covers, posters, and other printed materials. She was also recognized for her contributions to the field of pictorial maps, designing a number of promotional maps for companies like Imperial and International Communications Ltd. and the British Overseas Airways Corporation. during the 1920s and 1930s.

Perry's work is highly collectible and is featured in the collections of museums and galleries around the world. Heather "Herry" Perry passed away on December 11, 1962.

CREATOR: Perry, Heather "Herry"




CONDITION: Excellent.  Wooden puzzle pieces could not be in much better condition. All pieces are made of three ply wood and all are present. Box is included, with slight wear.

COLORING: Lithographed color


SIZE: 18 " x 10 "


PRICE: $3500


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