Wool Shop USA

Wool Shop USA by Steve Crisp – Milton Bradley – 300 pieces

This is such a lovely image from Steve Crisp, and doesn’t it look like an awesome shop to visit too? I would definitely enjoy spending a little time in there.

I have been actively avoiding any puzzles with dogs in them, and I honestly didn’t even see the little pupper in this puzzle until I was putting it together. It’s fascinating how I seem to take in the image as a whole and don’t notice things; sometimes glaringly obvious things, until I’m putting it together. I’ve done puzzles with names that let you know you’re putting together a puzzle with cats, but I don’t notice the title – or the cats – until I start assembling. It’s normal for me to miss certain small details until the actual joining of pieces, but many times I miss stuff that is right out in the open.

This was a good quality puzzle from Milton Bradley, with a nice variety of shapes that fit together very well. The image reproduction is gorgeous, as you can see from all the pictures here – even in the close ups there is much detail with crisp lines and no fuzziness in the backgrounds.

I just love the look of this cash register, it’s so much more interesting looking than the little computers you see at stores everywhere these days. I think it would be more fun to use a cash register like this than to just touch a screen – just my opinion of course. Old timey things seem like they’re better made and more aesthetically pleasing to me.

As someone who’s been around crafts all her life, I can say this is an excellent representation of an old sewing machine. This is what they looked like, and they were both beautiful to look at and extremely well made. And there were two old sewing machines in this image, they reminded me of when I was young. My mother had a very old sewing machine in a cabinet that looked like a regular old table, but when you flipped the top over, pulled the machine up, and opened up what looked like a table leaf – you had a sewing machine, with a flat surface for your fabric, and you could pull a chair right up to the table and put your legs underneath. It was VERY cool, and I wish we still had it in the family. 🧵

There’s something about these old timey panels with well dressed women, they’re so perfect for the image. The rest of the image is crisp and clear and both of these panels on the front of the counter are more fuzzy and indistinct, and it gives the whole scene a look of authenticity.

6 thoughts on “Wool Shop USA

  1. I’ve actually used a cash register like that in the 80s. It wasn’t quite as old or nice looking, but it worked exacty the same with the columns of buttons. We only used it when it was really busy in the super market where I worked, and it was not easy to use. Also, it was a complete nightmare to correct mistakes you had made. I’ll say one thing for it though, the buttons made a really satisfying sound when you pressed them.

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    1. Sandra

      That was the only style of cash register when I was a grocery checker in the late 60’s. It was a workout of you fingers and wrist, but I got pretty fast so I was often assigned to the checkout for 10 or less items. They were attractive to look at, but I prefer the computerized checkout now where I volunteer for the American Cancer Society. The computers are fast, but it still feels like there’s not enough time in the day.

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      1. It certainly seems as though it would be a workout on your fingers and wrist!

        It’s similar to typing on an old manual typewriter, it takes so much more effort to get the keys to work than typing on a computer keyboard, or even an electric typewriter. But the really well made ones were/are so beautiful to look at!

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