Sadly two pieces are missing on this 'Everything's Up To Date At The North Pole puzzle. And, as you can see, it's quite busy as would be expected at the North Pole ;)
You may like this similar family Springbok puzzle.
I did not do my usual sorting routine as this puzzle cut is known as the Family size pieces. That means the pieces are cut from quite large 'child-like' pieces to the smaller adult cut pieces. So the first half of the puzzle (especially the Santa portion) is extra large pieces for the children to assemble.
That said, I did attempt to gain some kind of border and that was not to be completed until about 2/3's of the completion as shown on the image below to the right.
Also you can see (left side below) the size of the image is 20.5 inches wide which is bigger than the standard foam boards so it hung slightly over the edge which was ok because these Springboks fit together super tight so it was not really an issue.
I started at the bottom and assembled all the large pieces first which went extremely fast and well....then I got slower around the middle.....then I got really slower the further to the top I moved. I expect there may have been a poster with this puzzle at one time which most often seems to escape the puzzle box when passing them along.
It seems like there were a b-zillion Elves there and the tiny images were a challenge to define on the upper half of the puzzle but I expect the poster would have assisted with that to make it a better experience.
The first 3 images share the larger items in the puzzle and are VERY close up.
The 2 images below share the 'tense' and 'busy' area of the puzzle which was difficult to define using the box picture.
This Springbok, Everything's Up To Date At The North Pole puzzle by John Overmyer was purchased at the local Thrift store. Most often all the pieces are included however there was 2 escapees from this one....sadly of course. That said, it will have to be passed on for free.....
I also had the pleasure of assembling the Springbok White Christmas puzzle which was tricky but so gorgeous when completed.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)