It certainly wasn’t my plan to do two puzzles by the same artist one right after the other, but that’s just how it worked out. This one was very busy and fun to do.
It must be a very old scene, the sign that says “and soon the telegraph” tells us that the technology is out there somewhere, it just just hasn’t made it to this small town yet. And for some reason I love the look of the tin peddler’s tent.
Ravensburger’s 300 piece puzzles make me very happy; their wonderful, thick pieces were a joy to hold in my hand, and the beautiful image made for an entertaining assembly with just the right amount of difficulty.
The all around quality of Ravensburger puzzles has (almost) never disappointed me. There’s the odd manufacturing snafu that happens, but I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. On the whole, they’re one of the best puzzle brands around in my opinion. The pieces are thick, have a good variety of shapes, and fit together well. The image reproduction is crisp and clean with beautiful colors and a finish that isn’t too shiny and feels good in your hands.
I’ve assembled a few puzzles by this artist, and it seems he’s always able to convey a certain warmth and feeling into the artwork even when the images are vastly different. This image has a small town homey feeling to it, it seems very welcoming to me; plus it was lovely to put together.
It looks as though this puzzle is no longer in production, but if you come across one at a thrift store or yard sale, it’s highly recommended – loved it!
Title: Mary’s General Store
Artist: Joseph Burgess
Piece count: 300 pieces
Size: Approx. 27 x 20 in. (69 x 51 cm)
Box: Very good, quite large for a 300 piece puzzle