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[1]The first question comes from "Sue"--4/23/2000:
Does anyone have any information about this jigsaw puzzle or about the company which published it?

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The puzzle was apparently published by The Capper Publications, Topeka, Kansas. Does anyone know anything about this company?

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from Anne D. Williams, author of Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide--4/29/2000:
I've seen two different "Family" puzzles made by Capper in the 1930s. Both advertise the "Household Magazine" which he published for about 50 years. One shows a fish, and the other shows a woman in Oriental dress.
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[2]from Jim McW--4/27/2000:
Does anyone know if jigsaw puzzles were ever sent to the G.I.'s overseas during wartime, especially during either of the World Wars or the Korean War? Perhaps, to USO facilities?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--4 November 2007:

According to Tom Tyler, in his British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century, CHAD VALLEY [during WW 2] made "a limited number of games and toys, including jigsaw puzzles for military hospitals together with draughts, solitaire, chess and dominoes for use by the Forces all over the world."

Jim McW
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[3]from "SM"--4/27/2000:
I am attaching a Tuco puzzle picture with this email. Do you possible know the title? I got this without a box. Someone wrote the name in marker on the bag but some of it has come off and I can't read it. I think it is Village _____? Thanks, "SM"

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from Jim McW--4/29/2000:
The title of the puzzle is "Scene In Venice". Tuco brought this puzzle out in the 30's,in one of those boxes with the white, black, blue, and crimson jigsaw piece shapes on the box and no guide picture on the box. I don't know if it was released only that once or if another puzzle of the same design may have been published later.
from Jim McW--4 July 2004:
According to Sterling Mason, in his Tuco Puzzles 1932-1957, this artwork was later used in another puzzle, with the title, "Magic of Old Venice". He also says that a third edition was issued as "A Scene in Venice". All three were issued in the 1930's.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[4]from "JW"--5/4/2000:
Hi, I discovered your homepage the other day while looking for information on a wooden puzzle I have. This puzzle was in my grandmothers house, waiting to be put together by someone. We don't have a box with it, so we didn't have a picture when we put it together. Needless to say it took all day with various people working on it at different times. After finishing it, we decided to frame it and now have it hanging in our house. The signed name on the front of the puzzle is Philip R Goodwin (this is the artist, right?). There are 508 puzzle pieces. The title is "Upsetting Their Calculations". The company is Pastime Puzzle. And as far as I can see the date is 6/7/34. The names of the people who sawed, polished, and inspected it have worn off. I was specifically wondering if there is any information about this puzzle (worth, its maker, ect.). Thanks for any information you can provide. I've included a scanned image of all the information mentioned previously along with the image of the puzzle.
"JW"
Upsetting Their Calculations" Upsetting Their Calculations "
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from Jim McW--5/4/2000:

What a great puzzle! Parker Pastimes are among the most popular and most sought after puzzles of all times. One in fine condition with the box in fine condition can easily bring $200 up. Yes, Philip Goodwin was a very popular artist, whose work was often used on the finer puzzles. By the way, you can learn more about his and other artists' work on jigsaw puzzles in Anne D. Williams' book, Jigsaw Puzzles, An Illustrated History and Price Guide, and in Chris McCann's Master Pieces, the Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles.
Jim McW
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[5]from Tom D.--5/16/2000:
Hello: I am enjoying your puzzle page as I like older puzzles. We have some of the Tuco Puzzles you show---"Forward America-Roosevelt"; "Guardians of Liberty"; & "Keep Em Flying". I am looking for one puzzle that I worked as a very young kid that was later destroyed when our basement flooded. It was an artists picture of two guys going down a whitewater river in the mountains, with a cougar jumping at them and I think one of the guys is shooting the cougar with a rifle. I would love to find this puzzle so if you come across it or think you may know what I am talking about, please let me know. I don't know what brand it was. Thanks, and nice job on your puzzle web site. Sincerely, Tom D.
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from Jim McW--7/12/2000:
Tom:
Thanks for the kind words! I've been looking for this puzzle, but no luck, yet. Has anyone out there seen a puzzle like this one? Jim McW
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[6]from Rosemary--5/16/2000:

Hi!
I found this page while desperately looking for 3 copies of an old Springbok Puzzle called the "Christmas House". I bought my copy of the puzzle new when it came out somewhere around the Christmas of 1973. At the time I had one little girl who was a year old. I did the puzzle the first time that Christmas by myself at nights when my husband was working late. It seemed to take me forever because it was a 1000 piece puzzle. It was my first real experience of doing a "real" puzzle. Every year after that, I had help doing the puzzle. Three more little girls came along and it was our tradition to do the puzzle every year together at Christmas time. The puzzle showed a house at Christmas time with the front opened up to show the preparations for Christmas going on........Grandma baking cookies in the kitchen, Grandpa and mama decorating the tree in the living room, kids wrapping presents in the bedrooms, etc. As the girls grew older the puzzle got put together faster all the time. They new the pieces by heart practically. They would each take a room of the puzzle to be responsible for. After it was finished they would have puzzle races by taking rooms apart and doing them over seeing who could finish the fastest. We still do it together every year. Consequently, the puzzle has become very worn from lots of love. Now that the girls are older and starting their own families, I would like to surprise them by trying to locate and purchase this puzzle second hand for each of them. I have found one but am still looking for three more. Do you know of this puzzle and where I might find some copies? Thanks!
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from Jim McW--7/12/2000:
Rosemary:
Sounds like a great family tradition! I'm not sure of the title of this puzzle. It sounds as though it might be "The Night Before Christmas"(PZL5902), or "The Twelve Days of Christmas"(PZL5905), or "The Christmas House"(PZL5913), or "Christmas Revelry"(PZL4133), or another puzzle of which I'm unaware. Jim McW

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from Jim McW--3 December 2006:
See "The Christmas House"(PZL5913), no. 113, Page 8.
Jim McW
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[7]from Chloe--5/29/2000:
I am looking for a puzzle i did in the late 1950's or early 1960's. It shows 3 or 4 chaplains, in uniforms of the US branches of the service, in the sky in one of the corners, the face of Jesus in the sky in the other corner and a soldier (seen from the back) praying before a small cross. I'm sure it was a Milton-Bradley puzzle. it was 1000 pieces, it was paper, cardboard, not wood, rectangle, vertical and about 18" x 24", a soft painting. I think is was published during the late 50s. Have you seen anything like this? Thank you for helping. chloe
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from Jim McW--4 November 2007:

I don't think this is the same one, but it seems somewhat similar.:
Onward Christian Soldiers" Onward Christian Soldiers ", MILTON BRADLEY.
We believe this may date from mid-1960's, in spite of our past speculations about dating of BIG BEN puzzles (see our BIG BEN page. We are led to this different dating, because the four faces depicted in the clouds seem to represent Washington, Pershing, MacArthur, and a fourth deceased general officer (George S. Patton, I believe). MacArthur died in 1964, which would suggest the puzzle was made somewhat after that year.
Jim McW
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[8]from "DE"--5/30/2000:
Hello:
I am a collector of Bob Hope memorabilia and have always wondered if there had ever been a Bob Hope puzzle produced? There have been many celebrity box and tray type puzzles ... so why not a Bob Hope? Have you ever seen one ... might you have a moment to advise/assist me? Thanks!!!
Respectfully yours,
"DE"
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[9]from another "puzzler"--6/1/2000:
I have worked on several mystery jigsaw puzzles. Do you know who publishes those? Thank you.
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[10]from Ed--6/6/2000:
Hi--
Does anyone know the age of this puzzle?? Ed

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[11]from Gary and Vivian--6/7/2000:
We have just purchased 3 puzzles made by H-G Toys (Harett-Gilmar Inc) in East Rockaway, NY. We are trying to find out some information on these puzzles.
1. Snow White 75 interlocking large pieces, round overall size 12" #431
2. Hansel & Gretel Storyland Puzzles 96 large interlocking pieces size 10"x14" #427
3. Sleeping Beauty Storyland Puzzles 96 large interlocking pieces size 10"x14" #429
All 3 puzzles are in cans and are numbered. We can't find anything on HG Toys, and was wondering if you knew anything about them. We would greatly appreciate any information you could give us. Thank you , Gary and Vivian
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from Jim McW--6/7/2000:
Gary and Vivian:
According to Anne Williams' book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, Harett-Gilmar Inc has been producing puzzles since the 1960's. I think they were making toys before that. Does anyone have more information on the company or the puzzles? Jim McW
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another inquiry. See also no. 523, Page 38, and no. 621, Page 44.
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[12]from Brenda--6/7/2000:
I am looking for the following Thomas Kinkade 1000 piece puzzles.
Juliannes Cottage
Hometown Memories
Country Memories
I also found a 2000 piece Thomas Kinkade at my local Hallmark store and was wondering if any more were produced.
Thanks for your time and assistance
Brenda
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[13]from Vern--6/11/2000:
To: McWhorter
I have a (510 Built-Rite STA-N-PLACE made in USA) Puzzle. It's a child's puzzle and I'm curious as to when it was made and if it has any value. I have two other similar puzzles by Built-Rite. My mother and father bought these puzzle but I'm not sure if they bought them for my brothers and myself or if they were for our children when we visited them. I'm 65 years old so they may have been bought for the grandchildren.
I would appreciate any information you could give me pertaining to the puzzles.
Vern S.
P.S. You have a very interesting web site. [Puzzle is below. Click on it to see a larger picture.]

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from Jim McW--6/11/2000:
Vern:
One of the best sources of information on jigsaw puzzles is Anne D. Williams' book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide. I checked her book, and she does mention the Sta-N-Place puzzles, which were made by Warren Paper Products, under the Built-Rite name. I can't tell you much else about these puzzles, except that I've seen a few of these. I will be trying to put some more on our Built-Rite page over the next few days. I would guess the 1940's or 1950's for the ones I've seen. Jim McW

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[14]from David E.--6/14/2000:
To: McWhorter
I just bought these really old-looking "New Dissected Animal Puzzles" at auction and am curious to learn more about their antiquty. Cardboard pictures accompany the actual 7mm wooden puzzles and the box lid?
My 'net search turned up 3 different ones of these in the Hampshire Museum website-a county we lived in years' back. Didn't give any background; said believed they are German; our box says these are. Does anyone have more?
I am inclined to believe these to be close to the start of the last century if not earlier. They are in solid wood, not plywood and obviously for children. The puzzle shape is an animal's outline, not rectangular. The German trade mark/registered design/patent?: no-D.R.-G.-M. No. 377363 Does that help to identify them? Many thanks, David E.
[Puzzles are below. Click on them to see a larger picture.]
New Dissected Puzzle Rooster Horse
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from Dave (the "Ji6sawman")--7/18/2000:
Hi Jim Regarding the German Puzzles on Q & A . They are German - It is rubber stamped on the bottom of the box. They made quite a few different ones. I do not know who DRGM is or was. It was obviousely pre WW1, as before then the best printing was Bavarian. We have quite a lot of items with "Printed in Bavaria" on it. The cutting style is the same as used by early French makers. I would date it at 1900 -1910. Dave
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[15]from LC--6/25/2000:
If you could please give me any information on a puzzle by Perfect Picture Puzzle, "Dangerous Dan McGrew", No.15w ,a 10"x13 1/2" picture. Thank You, LC
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from Jim McW--26 July 2006:
See our Tuco Puzzles, 1940's, Page 4, "Casey Strikes Out", for a puzzle picture generated in a similar way. I think they call it "claymation" or something similar. Jim McW
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[16]from "TT"--7/4/2000:
Looking for vintage horse puzzles to purchase. Sorry, no western themes. Really interested in English/Jumping/Foxhunting themes.
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[17]from "CS"--7/7/2000:
I am writing on behalf of Lutheran Social Ministry of the Southwest, Daybreak Adult Day Health Care. We have a Parker Brothers African Wildlife puzzle, Scene 1. We would really like to find the other 3 scenes. These are 221-piece puzzles. Can you be of any assistance? Thank you, CS
African Wildlife"African Wildlife"
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[18]from "ETS"--7/7/2000:
I was wondering if FX Schmid replaces any missing pieces for their puzzles. I had bought the puzzle at Goodwill and am missing just 2 pieces for my set. If it's possible to get an address so that I can write to them, I'd appreciate it very much. I've got No. 90006 "Coming Home: England 1943" of 1000 pieces. Thanks, ETS
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[19]from KD--7/7/2000:
Dear Sir or Madam,
A couple of years ago I purchased some puzzles at a yard sale conducted by residents of a nursing home. While there I purchased a couple of cardboard jigsaw puzzles. I was wondering if you could help me identify them or point me in the right direction.
The puzzles are in cylindrical cardboard boxes similar to Quaker Oats boxes. They have on the label "Tubby Picture Puzzle". The gentleman that I bought them from said that they were from 1939 or there about. The manufacturer listed on the label is Playtime House. They are scenes of a man riding a hay wagon in the field, the other is a scene of what appears to be an old western town backdrop with a man riding a red horse. One of the boxes still has the Woolworths price tag of 25 cents. I took the liberty of putting one of the puzzles together and it was in very good condition considering how cardboard objects would have survived since 1939...
Well I wont bore you with details but any help would be appreciated...If you wish I can e-mail you some pictures of the boxes if it would help you discern what they are. I appreciate your help and thank you for your time and effort. Sincerely, "KD"
"KD" sent (7/13/2000) these photos (click for enlargement):
5 Tubby Puzzles 5 Tubby Puzzles, Playtime House©
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from Jim McW--7/7/2000:
"KD":
They sound like fun things to find at a yard sale. The main source on American vintage jigsaw puzzles is Anne Williams' book, "Jigsaw Puzzles: Illustrated History and Price Guide". That book does mention Playtime House as producing puzzles in the 1950's for both adults and children. Jim McW

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