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Checkers Artist
Norman Rockwell

In the world of checkers art, the imagination has also created a realm of Checker Puzzles and one artistic source for these checkers ‘masterpieces’.

Norman Rockwell's Checkers Prints

Checkers artist Norman Rockwell created "CHECKERS" as an illustration for a story about an older circus clown named Pokey Joe. The story and illustration were published by Ladies' Home Journal magazine in 1929 and readers find Pokey Joe feeling sad and blue because he believes he is no longer funny. Rockwell's circus friends come up with a plan to lift Pokey Joe's spirits and renew his self confidence by coaxing him into a checkers game and conspiring, of course, to let Pokey Joe win. This design was the oldest of three "Checker" prints that Norman Rockwell created.

Checkers Puzzle Print, by Rockwell

In the early 1930s, "CHECKERS" was made into a puzzle by the Arteno Co. of Boston, Massachusetts. The puzzle is 22” x 15” and contains a total of 730 pieces. This puzzle may still be available today and was originally made into a scroll style of cutting that was combined with total cutting along color lines, as in the method used by some of the best cutters of that era.

The Last Move Norman Rockwell Checkers Print

The second of the Rockwell “CHECKERS” prints to be created into a puzzle was “THE LAST MOVE”.

The original painting of the "Last Move" was created in the 1940’s along with other illustrations of this period. It is possible that it is from ca. 1948 and the theme behind the picture is two "old codgers" enjoying a friendly game of checkers. It was painted as an illustration for a magazine cover as were the majority of Norman Rockwell’s fine artist paintings and also made a popular design for a puzzle game.

The third Rockwell “CHECKERS” was called "The Game" or “The Checkers Game”.

This painting was one of the many illustrations artist Norman Rockwell created for covers of the Saturday Evening Post and this particular print was the cover design for the April 3, 1943, edition. It was, in fact, the April Fool's cover, wherein numerous odd and out of place objects were hidden, as in Norman Rockwell's backwards signature.

"The Checkers Game" was also turned into a Rockwell checkers jigsaw puzzle. One such puzzle is an authentic Springbok jigsaw puzzle consisting of 500 interlocking pieces 18 x 23.5 inches. The various April fooleries are stated on the back of the box, which reads: “There are at least forty five major April fooleries in Norman Rockwell's April fool cover on this week's Post. If you can find twenty five of them, you are shooting par. If you can find thirty five, you're bogey plus and if you find more than that, you ought to start discovering new stars with the naked eye."

“The Checkers Game” by Norman Rockwell

“The Checkers Game” by artist Norman Rockwell.

The intent of this 1943 cover was for the reader to discover the deliberate absurdities that artist Norman Rockwell has incorporated into this composition as part of the typical April Fool’s joke. At first glance it appears to be such an innocent scene with a sweet elderly couple playing an enjoyable game of checkers together. She looks like she’s contemplating her next move while he smiles at her lovingly, all the while waiting patiently for her to make her checker move. Then suddenly it becomes apparent that the little lady has a wrench in her hand and there are no checkers to be found anywhere and further, that there is a bottle levitating in midair. Once caught into the artistic irregularities of the checkers theme, viewers eventually realize that Rockwell had them trapped inside the checkers picture and that he got them good ~ April Fools! This print was a perfect motif in a foyer where people wait and the print made an interesting theme for a puzzle, not only in putting the pieces together but in figuring out the various inconsistent checkers clues.

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Wonder Mugs Play checkers online, and enjoy drinking from this cool wonder mug.
When adding hot liquid, the colors of the mug will change, checkers cool.

Checkers is a two-player game, where one player is assigned white-chip checkers and the other red. The aim is to play checkers online, capture all of the other player's checkers or make them impossible to move.

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