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Fill the circle (aka Telefonchik) I
Above:Blue frame and white circles
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The successor of "Festival Flower" with an identical mechanism but different shapes.

  • Inventor: Unknown
  • Mechanism: Moving Hole
  • Patents: Unknown
  • Producer: USSR
  • Year: 1987
  • Original Price: $2.10 USD
  • Current Price: No Data

This puzzle consists of three layers with six holes each. The upper and lower layers can be rotated. Two of the marble of the middle layer can be pushed out to the small gaps in the surrounding frame. These holes allow the remaining marbles to be moved.
There are 18 marbles. 6 Marbles for each of three colors. One set of colors is blue, red and yellow although other sets are known in versions with different bodies too.
Three colors of balls must be arranged so that a single color shows on each side of the puzzle (and the third color is hidden within the frame).

"Fill The Circle" (also known as "Telefonchik" Телефончик) is the successor of the "festival flower". Produced two years later in 1987. It came in a simple plastic bag a packaging.
The packagings back contains technical informations and translates to:
"ТО 17 Russian Feferation 420-008-86
Code OKP
For children 5-15 age
Marking of goods ChB-085-01-147
Price: 1 ruble 25 kopeks
OTK stamp 23-H-11
Production date: 29 April 1987"

The original price is based on the official exchange rate (0.6 rubels per dollar) although in socialist time this was completely theoretical.
To increase the confusion the alternative leaflet (image #16) shows a smaller price.

Weight: 41 grams
Length: 53 mm
Breadth: 45 mm
Thickness: 27 mm

Photo #8 is copyright by James A. Storer. All rights reserved.



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