This one certainly has the 'spring' in Springbok here.....bet they get that a lot! I have always favored nature outside or in images. They have really captured the beauty of both spring and nature. I almost instantly recognized this artwork to be by Greg Giordano as I have assembled a few other jigsaw puzzles by him produced with other companies.
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Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Thick
Shape Cut: Random
Image Quality: Superb
Hardest Area: The greenery
Puzzle Dust? none
Finish Quality: Smooth/shiny
Box Quality: Thick and solid
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: no
Was this purchased new? yes
Price: $1.25 Thrift Store
Recommend Level: High
Time: less than 3 hours
Since the Gold Finch jigsaw puzzle was only 350 pieces, I simply laid out all the pieces onto the foam boards. It was easy to pick out the most outstanding colours first, being the pinks, whites, brightest yellows and orange. The majority of greenery was left to the end. I have to admit that for 'only' 350 pieces it was a bit of a trickster in some of the 'dense' background colours and flowery/plantation area at the bottom of the image.
You will see in the closeup photos below the very fine details that are not seen on the large image. The color blends are visible with most beautiful birds, flowers and plantations. Here's a selection of close up images. Now you can really see the tiny Ladybugs, bees and butterflies. The Goldfinches are much more prettier on the table than in the photos.
The artwork is impeccable on the 2 Gold Finch and the fact that the Artist caught finest details of the insects really enhances the image to be so realistic to natures environment. I sure can appreciate the extra efforts the Artist takes to create such lovely images for us puzzlers.
Coincidently, the previous owner kindly left these two inserts in the box. They are sharing the 50th Anniversary of Springbok and the Product Warranty.
I have to admit....I have never had an issue or incident with a Springbok jigsaw puzzle of any sort outside of the faded box cover which was a Thrift store purchase (so we do not know where that situation came from).
This was a most delightful and brightly colored jigsaw puzzle and 3 hours of Spring that I thoroughly enjoyed!
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A Rich Legacy in Jigsaw Puzzles
In the world of jigsaw puzzles, few names evoke a sense of nostalgia and quality quite like Springbok. With a rich history spanning several decades, Springbok has established itself as a prominent and beloved puzzle brand. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating history of Springbok, its connection with Hallmark, its unique puzzle qualities, and the diverse range of puzzles it produces.
Origins and Hallmark Connection
Springbok traces its roots back to the 1960s when founders Robert and Katie Lewin embarked on a mission to create high-quality jigsaw puzzles. Initially, the company focused on creating puzzles with exceptional imagery and intricate designs. In 1963, Springbok caught the attention of Hallmark Cards, a renowned greeting card company. Recognizing the potential of Springbok puzzles, Hallmark acquired the company, infusing it with resources and expertise while retaining its commitment to craftsmanship.
Superior Quality and Craftsmanship
One of the distinguishing characteristics of Springbok puzzles is their superior quality. Known for their thick, sturdy pieces, Springbok puzzles are crafted to withstand multiple assemblies, ensuring longevity and durability. The company takes pride in using eco-friendly materials and adheres to rigorous production standards, resulting in puzzles that stand the test of time.
Another hallmark of Springbok puzzles is their precision-cut pieces. The company employs a unique interlocking technique, ensuring that each piece fits seamlessly with its neighbors. This precision cut not only enhances the puzzle assembly experience but also allows for a visually appealing final result.
Diverse Puzzle Collection
Springbok offers a wide array of puzzles, catering to various interests and skill levels. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a fan of classic art, or someone who enjoys whimsical designs, Springbok has something for everyone. Their puzzle themes encompass breathtaking landscapes, nostalgic scenes, vibrant wildlife, iconic landmarks, and much more.
Additionally, Springbok is known for producing specialty puzzles that go beyond the traditional rectangular shape. Their shaped puzzles, often featuring unique silhouettes that complement the image, add an extra layer of challenge and visual appeal. These distinctive puzzles are a testament to Springbok's commitment to innovation and creativity.
Continued Legacy and Dedication
Over the years, Springbok has continued to uphold its legacy as a provider of high-quality puzzles. The company has remained true to its mission of crafting puzzles that delight and engage puzzlers of all ages. Through their collaboration with Hallmark, Springbok has consistently delivered puzzles that capture the imagination and spark joy in the hearts of puzzle enthusiasts.
Springbok's commitment to excellence extends beyond the puzzles themselves. The company understands that assembling puzzles is not only a hobby but also a way to connect with others and create lasting memories. They strive to create puzzles that foster a sense of togetherness, whether it's a family gathering, a quiet evening at home, or a social activity among friends.
Springbok's history is woven with a passion for puzzles, an unwavering dedication to quality, and a commitment to capturing the essence of visual art. From their partnership with Hallmark to their reputation for superior craftsmanship and diverse puzzle offerings, Springbok has earned its place as a beloved brand in the world of jigsaw puzzles.
As you embark on your puzzle-solving adventures, consider exploring the captivating collection of Springbok puzzles, where creativity, quality, and a rich legacy converge.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)