Pastime puzzle cut in 1921 by #34 of Parker Brothers, Salem, MA. 42 figure pieces, color line cutting. Originally, we thought this scene came from Dickens' "The Old Curiousity Shop" and represented the Punch and Judy Show Trent and Nelly join on their long trip to London. Then, an astute member of the North of Boston Branch of the Dickens Fellowship identified the scene as depicting the "infant phenomenon" (really a small woman dressed as a child) who was part of a traveling circus in "Nickolas Nickleby". Finally, Joel Brattin, WPI Professor of English, author of several articles on Dickens and member of my own Worcester Dickens Fellowship, identified the scene as Dickens' description of the nearly extinct custom back then of public square dancing on the first of May in England in Chapter XX titled "First of May" in "Sketches by Boz." Most of the action and characters fit Prof. Brattin's identification although the little ballerina in front could be from the "infant phenomenon" and the coach is out of place. Artist is Albert Ludovici, Jr.