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Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball!

Today marks the 101st birthday of the late Hollywood star, Lucille Ball. Best known for her role in I Love Lucy, this lovely woman will always be remembered as the clumsy, crazy and lovable Lucy Ricardo.


According to IMDB, the “dizzy sitcom redhead was a show business powerhouse and television pioneer.” Here are some interesting facts about her:

  1. For many years during their marriage, Lucy and Desi Arnaz hid the fact that she was six years older than he by splitting the difference in their ages. She (born in 1911) said she was born in 1914 and he (born in 1917) also said he was born in 1914.
  2. She didn’t like any false form of a bird, she preferred to see them in person so she banned all pictures of birds from her house and any hotel room she was staying in.
  3. She was tutored in comedy by the great Buster Keaton.
  4. Ball appeared on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Early Television Memories issue with Vivian Vance, as Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz, in a scene from “I Love Lucy: Job Switching (#2.1)” (1952). The stamp was issued 11 August 2009.
  5. A quote: “In life, all good things come hard, but wisdom is the hardest to come by.”

Happy Birthday, Lucy! You are missed! For more great Lucille Ball memorabilia, check out selection of I Love Lucy puzzles and our I Love Lucy Trivia Game.

New & Popular

We have added literally thousands of new items since January, with all of our favorite brands releasing new puzzles and games – so we thought we would collect all of our favorite new items, as well as the ones we have sold the most of since bring them in – so you know what jigsaws are currently hot on the radar!

1. A License to Life 
Ravensburger, 500 pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Busy Bee Quilting Club
SunsOut, 300 pieces. This one is not new, but it one of our highest sellers, and it has been discontinued by SunsOut – so we have ordered up extra – better grab it while you can!

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Classic Cars Jigsaw Puzzles

There were days when, if you had a car, you could wander the streets safely. Traffic jams did not exist, and there were less rules and, of course, less cars. Environmental issues were just starting to make surface, there was enough fuel for everybody and car makers and customers didn’t worry about fuel consumption. In these golden days, you needed some serious mechanic skills if you wanted to drive your car around the country. There were no companies to call in the middle of the night if your car broke down on an unknown country road.

The cars that you used to see during those days are now considered antiques. But these classic cars will always remain in our memory, not only for their beautiful design and sometimes outrageous performances, but also for the way of life and decades they stood for.

Puzzle Warehouse brings you, classic cars amateur, Classic cars Jigsaw Puzzles. Among the many puzzles that fit into the category, you will be pleased to learn about the Classic Corvette Mosaic, a large Corvette made out of thousands of tiny Corvette photographs. And if you don’t like the Corvette, there’s nothing better than a classic Mustang, like the one in the Classics-Top Prize jigsaw puzzle.

And that’s not everything Puzzle Warehouse has to offer to those who love classic cars. A lot more beautiful jigsaw puzzles depicting classic cars and scenes featuring classic cars are waiting to be discovered at the online store, for some, of course, classic prices.

Puzzle of the Day – Beer Bottles

Are you a beer drinker? Do you think you will become one someday? If so, or if you want to learn more about the beer culture, today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day might just be the right thing for you. Made by Piatnik, with a finished size of 26.5″ x 17.4″, it has as many as 1000 pieces, so you’d better get some six packs ready so sample while you’re assembling it. It will not only make the puzzling more fun, but you will also be able to taste and enjoy some of the different beers featured in the image at the same time you’re assembling their bottles.

Needless to say, a beer bottle stands for more than just beer. It stands for a recipe, sometimes even for a history, but also for a unique taste, flavour and colour. A Leffe is nothing like a Carlsberg and a Carlsberg is nothing like a Stella Artois. And don’t even try to compare those two to a Corona or worse, a Guinness. You might be accused of sacrilege by some.

The different beer bottles in this puzzle have different styles, different histories, and a sociological imagination would ascribe them different social communities. There are certainly Guinness drinkers that distinguish themselves from Carlsberg drinkers, and Corona drinkers that have nothing in common with the first two.

Puzzle Warehouse, the largest jigsaw puzzle store in the world, supports your quest for knowledge and your passions by offering you this beer puzzle at an attractive price. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new things about beer types and beer bottles. You might even find it useful one day, when you’ll be able to impress your friends by recognizing different brands of beer only by looking at the bottles.

Rosie the Riveter Puzzle

Hello propaganda! Rosie the Riveter is an American cultural icon, and stands for all the American women who worked in factories during World War II. She represents especially those women who helped produce munitions and war supplies, those who supported the war effort with their bare hands and their sweat.

The first famous picture of Rosie the Riveter is authored by J. Howard Miller, an artist from Pittsburgh who cleverly used the slogan, “We can do it,” in order to gather support for the war. As iconic as it became, the poster should not be praised too much if you like peace and hate useless violence.

World War II, despite the propaganda made in each and every one of the countries involved, was still a war, and a very devastating one. No matter what posters like these say, it wasn’t a just war, and we can hardly even associate those two terms. There was a Rosie the Riveter in most of the countries involved in the war, and she should be remembered, indeed. But not as an exemplary individual who loves her country. She should be kept in mind as a reminder of the greatest war there ever was and probably also as a useful learning tool for those studying propaganda and political communication.

Such an event shouldn’t happen again and it is a disaster that we, unlike Rosie, can prevent. You can find a Rosie the Riveter puzzle at Puzzle Warehouse, featuring 1000 pieces and a finished size of 26.5 x 19.25 inches. Let the slogan motivate you in your effort to assemble the jigsaw puzzle: If Rosie could, you can do it as well.

How to choose a jigsaw puzzle: Finding the perfect theme

When you enter Puzzle Warehouse, you find yourself wondering where to start. Not that we’re not organized, on the contrary. But you should never forget that this is the biggest jigsaw puzzle store in the world. Thousands of puzzles are waiting to be discovered and assembled, and if you want to look at everything there is on the list, it can take a lifetime (we are constantly updating our stock and acquiring new items) until you finally reach the last item.

We spoke in our last post about one of the difficulties encountered when choosing a jigsaw puzzle. We only covered the number of pieces, but there are many other aspects left. What theme should you choose? If there were only ten puzzles in the world, the question wouldn’t have much sense. But this is not the case, and you can certainly find jigsaw puzzles depicting the most insane things.

How do you choose, in that case? Whether it’s a gift for yourself or for someone else, you should ask yourself something simple: does the person you’re buying it for have any passions or hobbies? If they do, the choice becomes a lot easier. You look for a jigsaw puzzle theme that has something to do with that interest. Maybe your niece loves horses, or your father is a die-hard Cardinals fan. This theme strategy can never fail.

If they don’t have any particular passions, or if you don’t know anything about what they like, there is still hope. Go for a theme everybody likes: either a reproduction of a work of art or a beautiful landscape. Or, choose something unique that they haven’t seen before, like the Impossibles. Since you have the choice, this is the best way to make even the toughest crowd like your gift.

Puzzle of the Day – Always Coca-Cola

This week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day speaks an universal language which has different flavors but an unmistakable color. Here is a hint: it was created in Atlanta, GA in 1886 by Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist. If your mouth whispered the slogan “Always Coca-Cola” you’re the winner.

“Delicious! Refreshing! Invigorating! Exhilarating!” “It had to be good to get where it is!” “The best friend thirst ever had?” “Whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you may be, when you think of refreshment, think of ice cold Coca-Cola.” It is your “passport to refreshment.” If you hadn’t had the chance to hear these coca-cola slogans, ask your parents, or even better, ask your grandparents. I’m sure they will tell you more than a brief history of Coca-Cola.

Why I seem so confident about that? Well, it’s because the world’s famous brand always surprised and celebrated its customers. For example, there was a Centennial Special Edition in 1986 to celebrate Coca-Cola’s 100 years or a Coca-Cola 1987 Christmas Special (the cans had paintings of Santa Claus made by artist Haddon Sundblom) and they even thought about the musical part: easy to remember jingles. And because the Coca-Cola Company thought about everything, they even invented Coca-Cola Diet and Coca-Cola Zero…so you don’t have to choose between a bottle of coke and a diet.

But enough with the talking, because there is a wonderfully colorful 1000 pieces Coca-Cola puzzle that you might want to assemble at PuzzleWarehouse.

Enjoy!