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Springbok Named for an Animal

SPRINGBOK EDITIONSTM was founded in the early 1960's by Katie and Robert Lewin, to produce and market puzzles. At the time they were organizing the company, Mr. Lewin was also very active in the National Wildlife Federation. He was particularly fond of the springbok (an animal native to Africa). They decided to name the new company "Springbok" and to use the animal as the trademark symbol.

Mrs. Katie Lewin was president and chose the puzzle designs. She visited museums and galleries for works of art that would make interesting jigsaw puzzles.

Hallmark purchased the company, "Springbok Editions", in 1967. At that time, Springbok was primarily a jigsaw puzzle company with a small line of craft kits. Hallmark used its knowlege of artwork and lithography reproduction to improve the offering and expand it to its present position in the market place. [Courtesy of Frances Main.]

Robert L. Lewin, co-founder of Springbok Editions, died 12 July 2007. He was 96.

Be sure to check for sources of more information at the bottom of this page.

SpringboksTM before HallmarkTM

, by Jackson Pollock.
M25, 1964. [Pre-Hallmark, originally came with a poster].

A Court Reception "A Court Reception",
C908, 1965 [round, pre-Hallmark].

Silver Blaze"Silver Blaze",
C932, 1966 [round, pre-Hallmark].

Puzzle InsertPre-Hallmark Puzzle Insert©1966 Springbok Editions
The insert above lists the following puzzles:
M25: "Convergence", by Jackson Pollock
M27: "Disks of Newton", by Frank Kupka
M26: "Carnival of Harlequin", by Joan Miro
C912: "Water Birds", by Arthur Singer
C911: "Wild Flowers", by Maynard Reece
SQ50: "Equivocation II", by Ben Cunningham
C923: "Veteran Motor Cars, 1885-1904"
C902: "Adoration of the Magi", by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi [also appeared as C935 in 1967]
C914: "Virgin and St. John Adoring Christ", by Andrea Della Robbia
C908: "A Court Reception" (Adaptation of a decoration on porcelain plate)
C919: "Bouquet of Flowers" (Adaptation of a Sevres Porcelain Furniture Plaque )

  [ 1967 to 2002 ]

Page 1 (the Early Hallmark era)

Page 2 (the Later Hallmark era)

  (websites, books, etc.)

Springbok Jigsaw Puzzles, a really well-done site devoted to just Springboks! [Unfortunately, this one doesn't appear to be available now.]

"We Love Springbok Jigsaw Puzzles", a new site, with lots of pictures of vintage Springboks!

"Springbok Fever, by Mike Helland", A Web Site for Springbok Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiasts, with special emphasis on the older Springbok jigsaw puzzles. [Unfortunately, this one doesn't appear to be available now.]

"Springbok Puzzle List", by Frances Main.
List of almost all Springbok puzzles manufactured through 2000 is available for $5.00. Send an email to : thevorys@gmail.com.

Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, by Anne D. Williams

This is an independent website, providing a service to the "puzzling" community. We do not represent any puzzle manufacturer.

Chris McCann's book,Master Pieces: the Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles.

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