The Farewell…

Native Americans The FarewellIn this tender picture of a wife saying goodbye to her husband as he goes off to work, interesting details stand out to explain more about the subjects. The use of bison skins for clothing, a headdress with eagle feathers and a horse show that this scene would take place in an indigenous tribe on the American Great Plains. Some of the more well-known tribes were: the Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Comanche, Crow, Lakota, Kiowa Apache and Cree. The over 50 tribes are usually divided into either the Northern vs. Southern Plains tribe, and nomadic vs. semi-sedentary.

We can also know that this picture takes place after the 1500s when horses were introduced to North America by Spanish explorers. According to Wikipedia, “The horse enabled the Plains Indians to gain their subsistence with relative ease from the seemingly limitless buffalo herds. Riders were able to travel faster and farther in search of bison herds and to transport more goods, thus making it possible to enjoy a richer material environment than their pedestrian ancestors. For the Plains peoples, the horse became an item of prestige as well of utility. They were extravagantly fond of their horses and the lifestyle they permitted.” With this background knowledge, we now know that the man in this picture is leaving what should be a successful hunting trip in which he will bring home bison which will amply provide meat and useful materials for his family.

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Man’s Best Friend Gets the Job Done

The amazing story of  a dog named “Sergeant Beaubien” is beautifully introduced in John Buxton’s historical painting entitled “Sergeant Beaubien: Rogers Rangers”. In this scene, we see the loyal Sergeant standing at attention next to William Stark, who was a member of Roger’s Rangers. Roger’s Rangers was founded by Robert Rogers at the beginning of the French and Indian War (1753 – 1763). The Rangers are considered the predecessor to the U. S. Army Rangers.

The scene in this Sergeant Beaubien jigsaw puzzle depicts Ranger Lieutenants briefing new cadets as they overlook Lake George in 1756. According to John Buxton at Buxton Art, “At one point throughout Sergeant Beaubientheir history, Stark entered the wolf/dog into the official Ranger muster roll to draw a Sergeant’s rations and pay. It has been said that Sergeant Beaubien dispatched his share of the enemy and was well deserving of his pay.” Obviously, William Stark considers Sergeant Beaubien as a great example of man’s best friend getting the job done.

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The Hills are Alive….

With the Sound of Music

Thomas Kinkade Sound of Music Puzzle

You may not realize this, but this popular, award-winning movie was based upon the life  of an actual musical family called The Trapp Family Singers. While some of the details of this 1965 movie are fictional, a lot of it is based upon fact. Georg Von Trapp, a widower with 7 children, married a former nun named Maria. During World War II they escaped the Nazis and eventually settled in the United States. But according to Joan Gearin in Movie vs. Reality:  The Real Story of the von Trapp Family, Georg was a very loving and doting father while Maria was the one with the temper! Georg and Maria had three children together: Rosmarie, Eleanor and Johannes, making for a total of ten Trapp children.

This movie is a lavish production with beautiful music and lush scenery. It is not surprising at all that it is still popular today, over 50 years since it was released. As a great family activity, you and your loved ones can assemble this puzzle entitled The Sound of Music  while seeing how many songs you can remember from the sound track. Have fun with this puzzle and others like it in our Disney/Movie Themed Jigsaw Puzzles.

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Let’s Go To The Beach with a Jane Wooster Scott puzzle!

Summertime fun at the Beach


Summer fun at the Beach

A great way to celebrate summer and relax with one’s family and friends is to go to the beach. As we can see from this puzzle entitled Beacon on the Beach, there are a variety of activities that one can enjoy. As I look at this picture, I can remember fun times my family had at the beach with my cousins during the summer.

 

Whether or not going to the beach is a part of your family’s summer vacation plans, you and your family can have fun together assembling this puzzle as you share your memories of summers past. Why not make it a new tradition for your family this summer? This puzzle can be found in our collection of Jane Wooster Scott Jigsaw Puzzles.

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Enjoy a Perfect Summer Day with a Thomas Kinkade Puzzle!

What says “Perfect Summer Day” to you?

Thomas Kinkade Puzzle Perfect Summer DayFor some, it would be walking in the cool of the morning looking at the beautiful flowers and trees all around. For others it would be riding horses in wide open fields. And for some, it would be having the freedom of summer vacation to stay inside with air-conditioning while putting together a beautiful puzzle about summer by Thomas Kinkade, the “Painter of Light”.  This puzzle entitled “A Perfect Summer Day” can be found in our collection of Thomas Kinkade jigsaw puzzles.

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Check out our Turkey Jigsaw Puzzles for Thanksgiving

Come see our Turkey jigsaw puzzles along with many other wildlife jigsaw puzzles.

Here is the 550 piece jigsaw puzzle called Kings of the Hill:

71075Look at these King Turkeys flaunting around proudly.

Enjoy bringing the family together as you put this puzzle together in preparation for Thanksgiving day.

 

There are also puzzles of turkeys crossing the road, the Railroad, that is in 2 other puzzles called Turkey Tracks and Winter Turkey Tracks.

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New Products added to A+ Puzzles, Etc.

You can go to our home page and scroll to the bottom to see the newest 10 jigsaw puzzles that have been added.

We have some Autumn jigsaw puzzles that have been added like the 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle “Autumn Tranquility”:

We also had some Halloween jigsaw puzzles that were added like the 500 piece “Trick or Treat”:

There are others as well that you may want to see on our home page at www.apluspuzzlesetc.com. In addition, we will be adding more puzzles over the coming days and weeks, so be sure to periodically check our home page and scroll to the bottom for the new products that have been added.  Some of these newer puzzles will have the upcoming Holiday Themes including turkey puzzles for Thanksgiving and many more Christmas jigsaw puzzles.

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September 2015 A+ Puzzles, Etc. Newsletter

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Featured Jigsaw Puzzles and Much More On Our Improved Website!

Today, let’s look at some of the new features on our newly improved rolled-out website.

As you look at our homepage, you will now see the current featured jigsaw puzzles of the month, then our current top-selling jigsaw puzzles, and near the bottom of the page, you can see 10 of the most recent jigsaw puzzles that are available.

At the bottom of the page, you can sign up for our newsletter, where you can read about some interesting jigsaw puzzle-related facts, participate in fun activities, and learn about any current promotions or sales.  Just keep in mind, in order to benefit from participating in the upcoming activities, you will want to create an account, which you can do from the top of any page on the website. This will also make it easier for you to checkout in the future as well as the ability to save wish lists for your own future purchases or to share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.  .  .  . Maybe, they will buy the items on your wish lists for you :))

 

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Come See Our New Look at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

We have recently improved our website at A+ Puzzles, Etc. with a new look.  We would like to know what you think.  Feel free to contact us to give us your feedback.  Don’t forget to sign up for our new newsletter as well.  We will be promoting some new sales and fun activities that we are sure you will love.

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