Spirit of the 80s (1000 PR)
1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
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This decade overflowed with technological advances - a revolution served up with silicon micro-chips, fibre optics, compact discs, camcorders, barcodes and the Sony Walkman to accompany the lonely jogger. The home computer was becoming part of the family scene along with electronic games; the chunky mobile phone was a favourite of the 'yuppie' generation. For some, the exciting way to keep in touch was with citizens band radio (CB) which was legalised in 1981. Not all innovations were a success; the Sinclair C5 battery-powered run-about ('no license, no road tax: even14-year-olds can use it') proved to be unroadworthy.
Global communication created vast audiences for world events, such as the royal weddings of Charles and Diana in 1981 and then Andrew and Fergie in 1986. Television's influence increased with Channel 4's transmission starting in 1982. The following year, breakfast television began and it was the antics of Roland Rat that saved TV-am. The new 'soap' was EastEnders.
As with all Gibsons jigsaws, we use 100% recycled puzzle board, FSC paper and work with the best artists from all around the world. The beautifully illustrated pieces are designed to fit perfectly together; in fact, we use the thickest puzzle board on the market. Everyone loves a Gibsons jigsaw, even Her Majesty the Queen has been spotted with one.
We’ve made some positive changes to our processes, so you can be sure you’re getting the same great puzzles and know they are kinder to the environment. Not only does the box have a fresh new look, but we’ve used biodegradable clear labels to secure the lid instead of shrink wrap, reducing our plastic waste. We use vegetable-based inks too. The gloss coating on the box gives extra protection and the puzzle pieces are stored in a plastic bag that can be recycled by most councils.
Because the box is slightly smaller than our previous designs, we need less room to transport our products which reduces our carbon footprint and means you can store your puzzles more easily. We have also popped an artwork poster inside for you to reference whilst you piece together your lovely jigsaw puzzle.
Product code G7087
High quality 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
Puzzle size 48x68cm when complete.
Made from thick, durable puzzle board that is 100% recycled.
About the artist Robert Opie
Starting at the age of sixteen with a packet of Munchies, Robert Opie saw the need to record the history of everyday products around us and built up the collection that now extends to all aspects of daily life - toys, magazines, technology, travel, souvenirs, fashion and design. His collection can now be viewed at The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. Set out in chronological order in the form of a “Time Tunnel” the museum gives visitors ‘a trip down memory lane’ and a chance to see how the brands around us have evolved from the naïve charm of Victorian times to the greater sophistication of today. It also reflects the change in shopping habits, the impact of transportation, media, the effects of two world wars and the gradual emancipation of women.
Founded in 1919, our family business has been entertaining generations for 100 years and we are proud of our rich, British heritage. Providing fun, family pastimes for all ages, we use only the highest quality materials for our jigsaw puzzles and board games. We also distribute premium Piatnik playing cards which are made from the finest playing card board.
The political landscape was dominated by Mrs Thatcher, but the satire of Spitting Image was to trouble all politicians. The Falklands War was fought and won in 1982, and in 1989 the Iron Curtain was lifted as the Berlin Wall came down.
The 1980s was full of memory moments - dumpy milk bottles with adverts on them, the frivolous fashion of the New Romantics such as Adam and the Ants, the frustration of Rubik's Cube, the taste of a 54321 chocolate bar, Fiendish Feet yogurt or Quatro drink. The serious issue of famine in Africa was highlighted by Live Aid in 1985.