There's plenty of colour in the Buttons Jigsaw Puzzle. Don't you just trip down memory lane when you see these vintage buttons. I am quite certain I have seen many of these buttons as a child.
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Brand: Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzles
Title: Buttons jigsaw puzzle
Artist: Nancy Matthews
Pieces: 500 large size
Size: 27×20″ or 70x50cm
Overall Experience: Good
Cut Quality: Very good
Board Quality: Medium thickness
Shape Cut: Grid-like
Image Quality: Good
Hardest Area: The background buttons
Puzzle Dust? none
Finish Quality: Smooth
Box Quality: Great
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: no
Was this purchased new? no
Price: $1.00 Thrift Store
Recommend Level: High
Time: 3.5 hours
As you can see in the following photos, I used my typical layout method. I did not bother to sort the pieces according to main colors because it was only 5oo pieces and because the colors are just too random. Therefore my first round of sorting was for the border pieces only, then the pieces were laid out onto the poster board.
The first choices of buttons to assemble went from the largest ones, then the unique ones like the brass-types and lastly the size of the button being the next largest to the smallest.
What also made this such a quick one was the size of the pieces. Being the large format was easier to pick out the button colors filling up the size of the rather large size of the image more quickly too. As you can also see, the shapes of the pieces on the foam board are ribbon or grid cut and not random shapes. Some puzzlers prefer this typical type of cut over random or ‘wanky’ cut pieces. I am acceptable to almost any type of cut at this point.
The above photo shows the completely assembled image in it’s lovely array of colors. Some of these buttons may look familiar from way back in the day. Perhaps your Mom’s button jar had a few of these as I recognize some that my Mom did.
Here are some nice close up images to see the clean cut of the quality pieces Ravensburger is so famous for. The colors are accurate and the pieces fit taut. This little 500 piece has all the qualities of a perfect puzzle.
The Buttons Jigsaw Puzzle is a quick fix for those puzzlers that like colours – and enough of them too. The Ravensburger 500 large format pieces, titled Buttons, is a delightful way to spend 3-4 hours of your day.
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About: Ravensburger, Pioneering the World of Jigsaw Puzzles
Since its inception in the late 19th century, Ravensburger has emerged as a leading name in the world of jigsaw puzzles, captivating puzzle enthusiasts with their high-quality craftsmanship and captivating imagery. Let's delve into the rich history and legacy of Ravensburger, a company that has shaped the puzzle industry for over a century.
A Humble Beginning
The story of Ravensburger dates back to 1883 when Otto Robert Maier founded the company in Ravensburg, Germany. Initially, the company specialized in producing board games and educational materials. However, it wasn't until the 20th century that Ravensburger expanded its horizons and ventured into the realm of jigsaw puzzles.
The Rise of Jigsaw Puzzles
In the early 20th century, jigsaw puzzles gained popularity as a recreational activity for people of all ages. Recognizing the potential of this burgeoning market, Ravensburger embraced the opportunity and began producing their own puzzles. With a commitment to quality and innovation, the company quickly gained recognition for its meticulously crafted puzzles, characterized by their precise interlocking pieces and vibrant artwork.
Ravensburger's commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail set them apart from their competitors. The company employed advanced printing techniques and high-quality materials to ensure the durability and visual appeal of their puzzles. Every piece was carefully crafted to fit snugly together, providing a satisfying puzzling experience for enthusiasts around the world.
Over the years, Ravensburger expanded its puzzle offerings, catering to a wide range of interests and skill levels. Their collection encompasses various themes, including landscapes, animals, famous landmarks, and works of art. Collaborations with renowned artists and licensing agreements with popular franchises further enriched their puzzle selection, appealing to diverse audiences.
Innovation and Advancements
Ravensburger has consistently embraced innovation to enhance the puzzling experience. In 1964, they introduced their signature "Softclick" technology, revolutionizing puzzle assembly by creating a distinctive clicking sound when pieces fit together correctly. This innovation simplified the process and elevated the enjoyment of puzzle-solving.
Educational Puzzles and Beyond
While Ravensburger is synonymous with entertainment and leisure, they have also recognized the educational value of puzzles. The company developed a range of educational puzzles aimed at fostering cognitive development, problem-solving skills, and spatial awareness in children. These puzzles not only entertained but also provided a platform for learning and growth.
Ravensburger's popularity transcended borders, and their puzzles became highly sought after worldwide. With subsidiaries and partnerships in various countries, Ravensburger established a global presence, ensuring their puzzles reached enthusiasts in different corners of the globe.
A Legacy of Excellence
Throughout its history, Ravensburger has remained committed to their founding principles of quality, innovation, and captivating design. Their puzzles continue to captivate both young and old, providing hours of entertainment, relaxation, and a sense of accomplishment.
Today, Ravensburger stands as a prominent and beloved name in the puzzle industry. With their vast collection of puzzles, ranging from small beginner puzzles to massive and intricate designs, Ravensburger has something for every puzzler. Whether you're an avid enthusiast or a casual solver, Ravensburger puzzles are sure to engage your mind and bring joy to your puzzling endeavors.
In conclusion, the story of Ravensburger is one of innovation, quality craftsmanship, and a passion for puzzles. From its humble beginnings to its global recognition, Ravensburger has left an indelible mark on the puzzle world. As we piece together their puzzles, we not only experience the joy of solving but also become part of the enduring legacy that is Ravensburger.
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)