Out of the night, when the full moon is bright,
Comes a horseman known as Zorro!
This bold renegade… carves a ‘Z’ with his blade,
A ‘Z’ that stands for Zorro!
Zorro, the fox so cunning and free.
Zorro, who makes the sign of the ‘Z’!
Zorro! Zorro! Zorro! Zorro! Zorro!
Based on the infamous character created by Johnston McCulley, Disney’s version of the antihero premiered on October 10, 1957 on the ABC television network. The final episode was broadcast on July 2, 1959. Seventy-eight episodes were produced in all, with four hour-long specials being aired later.
Headlined by Guy Williams as Zorro himself and Henry Calvin as his hapless foil Sargent Garcia, the series gave us week after week of swashbuckling fun, and singing (let’s not forget the singing!) And I think there was dancing also.
Just like Davy Crocket before him, Zorro begat merchandise like few other franchises could! And this post shares a wonderful little piece of collectible nostalgia:
Jaymar Specialty Company out of New York produced many puzzles back in the day and Disney partnered with them to promote many of their properties. Jaymar started producing toys in the late 1920s but also did puzzles until they ceased doing business in 1990.
Most often the sides of a puzzle or game box will simply repeat the same information. The only different being that the longer side may contain additional information.
The long side of this puzzle box adds the maker’s name and address and country of manufacture. Many puzzles and games I find are usually re-released versions of American products produced by a Canadian company. But this example was actually manufactured in the United States.
If you look carefully, you’ll notice that the image on the front of the box is slightly different from the image on the finished puzzle. This is simply because the actual puzzle was cropped. The right side and bottom of the puzzle have been trimmed. Also, the title of the image, ‘Flashing Steel!’, does not actually appear on the puzzle itself.
This is copyrighted by Walt Disney Productions which means it was sold before 1987 when that trademark name was discontinued. My research indicates that the puzzle is actually from 1958. Some selling sites have it listed for over $40.00 CAN but I paid only $10.00 from a local seller on Kijiji.
I also have a Zorro 78 RPM Record that features Henry Calvin and his beautiful singing voice. And I found a Zorro Cape & Mask for sale at an antique market. It had a price tag too high for my taste so I just took a quick picture. But you can see it by clicking the link!