Hart puzzles were produced primarily in the 1940's, by the Leo Hart Printing Company, Rochester, NY. See some of the lines produced by
this company below. See also archival and manuscript material related to this company in the University of Rochester
(New York) Library collection:
Papers, 1905-1961, including samples of printing, financial and legal papers, letters,
clippings, photographs, and memorabilia. These are listed in the Manuscript Collection, with Call numbers BB.H32 and D.230.
Directly relating to puzzles are:
1) Some photcopied pages from a magazine entitled Playthings, March 1944 issue.
An ad mentions "Picture Puzzle Headquarters" for the Toy Fair in Room 466 Hotel McAlpin where a display of their puzzles was
to take place. They mention such puzzle product lines as "Hart Picture Puzzles", "America in Action Puzzles", and a new
series called "Masterpieces". "Boys and Girls of the United Nations Picture Puzzle" is mentioned. There is also a brief
blurb noting that Playtime House has become the successors of the puzzle and toy business of the Leo Hart Company.
2) A photocopy of a page from Playthings, December 1946, pp 105-106, listing the various product lines of Playtime
House and mentioning a catalog.
3) A series of sheets published by Leo Hart stapled together. Each sheet mentions a puzzle
series, listed as follows:
a) Series No. 2 "Hart Adult Picture Puzzles". Six are listed and illustrated
[Blackfoot Indian; Adirondack Mountains; Havana, Cuba; Montana; New Mexico; and Three Macaws]
Series No. 50, "The World in Color Picture Puzzles", made from actual color photographs. Six shown.
Series No. 100, "America in Action", picture puzzles made from news photos. Six are listed and images shown [Marines in Action,
Navy Mosquito Boats, American Forces Land in Africa, United States Army Paratrooper, American Landing in the Solomon Islands,
United States Army Tank Destroyers in Action]
d) Series No. 200, "Wings of Victory", picture puzzles
for boys and girls, actual color photographs of war planes. Six listed and images shown [The Grumman Skyrocket, The C-46
Commando Tranport, The curtiss SBC-4 Cleveland Dive Bomber, The SB2C1 Navy Dive Bomber, The Vultee A31 "Vengeance" Dive Bomber,
The Bell P-39 Airacobra]
e) Series No. 250, "Sky Fighters Airplane Picture Puzzles". Six images
f) Series No. 300, "Circus Puzzles for Children: a giant box of six pictures of the big top.
Six listed and images shown [Donk, the Donkey; Ella, the Elephant; Jerry, the Giraffe; Zeb, the Zebra; Sally, the Seal; and Circus Girl]
g) De Luxe Hart Picture Puzzles. Series of six images.
Hart puzzles se producieron en los años 1940 a 1949, aproximadamente. Vea algos de las series
de puzzles de Hart al abajo. También vea manuscritos sobre los productos de esta compañía en la Biblioteca de la Universidad
de Rochester en la Nueva York.