Gibsons Games

In 1903, Harry Gibson managed to obtain an unsecured loan of £500 from the Royal Bank of Scotland in Bishopsgate, London. This generous sum enabled him to start a business, which at that time was called The International Card Co. Trading from offices in Aldersgate Street, he supplied retailers with a range of products including card games and postcards; an unlikely combination these days, but back then, most towns would have a number of stationers in the High Street and they became Harry Percy’s first customers. The International Card business was sold to the De La Rue Company and H. P. Gibson & Sons Limited was formed in 1919. The International Series brand continued to be used on some products right up to the early 1980's, but H P Gibson & Sons Ltd made its name with the ‘HPG’ brand of indoor games, with old favourites such as L’Attaque and Dover Patrol; huge sellers before and after the Second World War. Sadly the company’s premises, along with all its manufacturing equipment were destroyed during the blitz in 1940 and when the war ended, it was almost a case of starting from scratch. Robert and Harry Gibson (jnr.), sons of the founder, re-established trading from Barrett Street in London’s West End. The company continued to sell its own family games and pastimes, alongside ranges from other established names, including Waddingtons and Chad Valley. 1966 Harry Percy’s grandson, Michael Gibson joined the family business. He remembers his father paying him £11.00 a week out of which he had to pay his mother living expenses. In the late 70s H P Gibson & Sons shortened its name to ‘Gibsons’, and shortly after, in the early 80s, Gibsons introduced their first jigsaw puzzle range, a series of photographic images of Britain from the Air. Michael Gibson was determined to bring a new, luxurious feel to a decidedly lacklustre market. The result was their high quality, 100% recycled puzzle board and sturdy boxes printed in smart royal blue. Along with the new jigsaws came new themes, and Michael dispensed of the dreary subject matters and introduced delectable new imagery, often drawn by specially commissioned artists. Having gone from only 6 puzzles in the range, they've now grown to over 250 titles, running from 2 to 2000 pieces, with over 50 new jigsaw puzzle images added every year. Gibsons have a broad selection of products for all the family including games and puzzles suitable for pre-school to big school and beyond!

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Christmas Bauble 200pc Jigsaw Puzzle

By: Gibsons Games

Stock #: GIBG9505    Year: 2020

Type: Other

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Escape from Colditz (1st Edition)

By: Gibsons Games

Stock #: EXC1507

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

(rules are a photocopy)

Fair Means or Foul

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1991

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Great Western Railway

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1985

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Pass the Bomb

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1996

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Sherlock Holmes - The Card Game

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1991

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

(cards sealed)

Sorcerer's Cave

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1982

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Card Game for Rebel Girls

By: Gibsons Games

Stock #: GIBG9027    Year: 2021

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Britannia

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1986

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Civilization

By: Gibsons Games

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Fireside Football

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1996

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Formula Motor Racing

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1995

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

History of the World

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1993

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Mah Jongg

By: Gibsons Games

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Mystic Wood

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1980

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Mystic Wood Extension Kit

By: Gibsons Games

Year: 1982

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

Tri-Tactics

By: Gibsons Games

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Board Games (Gibsons Games)

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