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[135]from "DC"-21 February 2001:
Hi,
We are, well, were working on this puzzle ( Born Lakes in the White Cloud Range #4565-16 ). It is a little over half way done when one of the dogs, believe or not, ate a few pieces.
Before we decide to throw the whole thing in the garbage, is it possible to order a new puzzle?
Thanks,
DC
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from Jim McW--19 February 2001:
You neglect to say what brand of puzzle it is. Also, this website is not affiliated with any puzzle maker. However, if I know what brand, I may be able to suggest one of the websites listed on our LINKS page. See no 122 above.
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "DC"-28 February 2001:
Hi Jim, cannot believe we forgot to mention the manufacturer. It is a Milton Bradley, Super Big Ben fully interlocking puzzle. Thanks,
DC
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[136]from "Witch Lobster"-25 February 2001:
HELP!
Hi, If anyone can help us find out what our "found puzzle" should look like, it would sure help us to try and piece it together. We found the puzzle pieces in an antique victrola: No. 21 "Indians Hunting Buffalo" , copyright 1933 Einson-Freeman Co.
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from Jim McW--27 February 2001:
As I recall, the Einson-Freeman puzzles often had no guide picture, so you will probably get to do puzzles the way they were usually done in those days--without a picture to go by. On the other hand, it's not too bad, and the process is pretty much the same. You can sort the pieces into straight edges and pieces which are all of one color, say all the pieces which have some red, or all which have some green. You can also use some of the piece shapes as clues. Einson-Freeman were usually very well-done puzzles, so you probably have a nice puzzle, not to mention a Victrola (we have one of those, too! ).
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Jim McW--7 March 2001:
I finally found the buffalo-hunting puzzle we have. This is just a photo of the box, but perhaps it may help. It is a FairchildTM , The Golden Series: Buffalo Hunt..."Buffalo Hunt on the Southwestern Prairies", by John Mix Stanley [from the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution].
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Jim McW--23 March 2001:
I just noticed that Anne Williams provides a picture and caption (on page 164) for a puzzle just like yours, in her book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[137]from "CR65"-28 February 2001:
I am a 5th grade teacher and I am looking for new fine art puzzles. I want to teach the kids about the famous artists of the past, and thought that they would learn more by putting the puzzles together rather than just viewing a print. I am interested in Da Vinci, Monet, Dali, Rembrandt...you get the idea...any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you....
"CR65"
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from Jim McW--2 March 2001:
I will look through our collection. [The only work of art which we currently have ready for sale is "Convergence", by Jackson Pollock, but that's a bit different from the artists you cite, and it is not a puzzle to be attempted lightly.] You may want to look through some of the online puzzle stores listed on our LINKS page. I know there is some fine art puzzles on some of those sites, and they should be easy to find on those sites which have a search feature. Also, you may be able to pick up some older puzzles based on great works of art on internet auction sites.
Meanwhile, does anyone else have one (or more) or know of some?
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "ABK"--2 March 2001:
Hi Jim - I have 3 Claude Monet puzzles By Fine Arts Puzzles and other artists as well. Please pass info on to teacher...."ABK"
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[138]from "EK"-3 March 2001:
I am looking for information-manufacturer-date and etc of a cardboard jigsaw puzzle titled the picnic. Thanks.
"EK"
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from Jim McW--3 March 2001:
I think you may be referring to the work by Pauline Jackson, a very popular artist among jigsaw puzzle enthusiasts [see item 54 and The Tuco 1950's Page]. I believe her work includes
The Picnic"The Picnic",
"The Auction", "Basketweavers", "Square Dance", and the four "Seasons". Most of these puzzles came out in the fifties, as far as I know. Can anyone give us more info, confirmation, or corrections?
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Jim McW--7 March 2001:
Here's a picture of one of our puzzles with art by Pauline Jackson:
Spring"Spring",
one the four "Seasons". This is a Gold Seal puzzle.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[139]from "Curious"-4 March 2001:
Hello,
I am trying to find out more information about a puzzle I found while cleaning out my great grandmother's house. I don't have a good working camera, so I don't have a picture to send. If necessary, however, I will get a picture to send you. I have tried to describe the puzzle as completely as possible below.
To start off this is a Milton Bradley - Big Ben 1000 piece interlocking jigsaw puzzle. The box is green with red lettering. It has not been opened. It still has the original seals. It is marked as being for ages 12 to adult. It was produced by the Milton Bradley Company, Springfield Mass. It is marked with a number 4962. Unlike the other Big Ben puzzles I have seen on the Milton Bradley portion of your site, the "Big Ben" on the box is side by side rather than top and bottom. The picture appears to be an artist rendering of a parade through a french courtyard or city street. There are several flags being displayed.
If you have any information as to the origin, age, and possible value of this puzzle, I would greatly appreciate a response.
Thank you,
Curious
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from Jim McW--7 March 2001:
A photo would help. Can anyone give us more info?
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "Curious"-10 March 2001:
Thank you very much for your quick response. Like I said in my last email, I don't have a way to take a picture of the puzzle. So, instead I attempted to scan the top of the puzzle box. I think it turned out okay, and I have attached a copy of the jpeg I created. Once again thanks.
Curious
Festival Time - Italy, "Festival Time - Italy".
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from "Curious"-11 March 2001:
After receiving your email, I took another look at the box. On one of the sides in very small print is the title "Festival Time - Italy 7." Hope this helps.
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[140]from "KW"-7 March 2001:
RE: Puzzle of Sugarbush
Hi,
I am trying to locate a puzzle which I held very close to my heart. This picture was taken in Plevna, Ontario of my parents old homestead. I lost a couple pieces to mine , and are hoping to purchase 3 copies. The number on the side of the box c4397-3. The number on the bottom of the box 779C4397L. The puzzle was 1000 pieces and its size was 51.1cm x 66.5cm. I sincerely hope that you can help me locate this puzzle. Thank You Very Much
"KW"
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from Jim McW--9 March 2001:
We have an old Tuco puzzle:
In Sugarbush Country"In Sugarbush Country",
but I am not sure this is the same puzzle. Does anyone have any other ideas?
Thanks, Jim McW

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[141]from "alb"-7 March 2001:
Looking for a puzzle: It is a scene/picture of two antique porcelain dolls, they are French dolls. I think chenelle by c-steiner and a Jumeau. Can you help, do you have anything like it, or a picture of it?
"alb"
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[142]from "dtk"-9 March 2001:
Hello Jim, We have a unique 'PAR Picture Puzzle' entitled 'A Rare Opportunity', in a jet-black cardboard box with their green address label, no date or number. This puzzle seems to reference a "Betty Swanwick". Do you have any listed reference(s) to this one? Thanks - dtk!
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from Jim McW--17 March 2001:
Par puzzles are very highly sought after, sometimes commanding premiums. Anne Williams, in Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, says that they were "often described as the Rolls Royce of the puzzle business". They had plain, black boxes with green labels and pieces made of mahogany plywood. They were produced from the thirties until 1980 or later. You can read much more about Par puzzles in Ms. Williams' book.
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "dtk"-18 March 2001:
Hello Jim, In ref to Q & A #142,
Thanks for your looking into this. So far, we are unable to locate a copy of the book mentioned, by Ms. Williams. So we will continue the hunt.
PS...we just completed assembling this puzzle (100% pcs) & in great shape. It's a 'Zoo' type of scene with all of the animals 'having a feast' on the park! Thanks - dtk.
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from "AC"-14 April 2003:

This answer is a mite late (2 years) but better late than never!

Betty Swanwick was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of London, England and a Professor at Goldsmith's College. Among other things, she designed a poster for the London Underground and the well-known cover for the Genesis album, "Selling England By The Pound." The National Portrait Gallery owns her drawing of JRR Tolkien.
"AC", London, England
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[143]from "CS"-8 March 2001:
I have two Jaymar puzzles from the '40s that show a comic page from the Sunday funny papers. One is of Terry and the Pirates and the other is Gasoline Alley. Although I got these puzzles over the last 10 years or so, I seem to remember them from when I was a kid in the '40s. My question is, do you know how many of these Sunday pages were reproduced in puzzle form?
Thanks, "CS"
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from Jim McW--16 March 2001:
I've seen a few puzzles derived from various comic book or comic strips on internet auction sites. Many of them seem to date from the late thirties or the forties. JaymarTM apparently had a contract with Walt DisneyTM , because they issued at least a few puzzles based on Disney characters or movies. Does anyone have any other information on this topic?
Thanks, Jim McW

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[144]from "NS"-13 March 2001:
Could you please provide me with any details of puzzles you may have of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. I am looking for anything with her image, either alone or with others. I would appreciate any help you could provide.
Thanking you in advance. "NS"
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Hello NS, The only puzzle I know of is one by Buffalo games in the Photomosaic series. It is of her face, but done with thousands of tiny pictures making up the puzzle. All the tiny pictures are supposed to be flowers from the ones at her funeral, I believe. Nancy Ballhagen's puzzles. Email me at misspuzzle@tds.net. Check them out. Nancy
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[145]from "LC"-13 March 2001:
I was hoping you could give me a little information about the E.E. Fairchild Corp. I am mainly interested in finding out what years they were in operation. I have searched the internet and you seem to be my only hope. Can anyone there help me? Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely "LC"
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from Jim McW--20 March 2001:
According to Anne Williams, in Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, E.E. Fairchild Corporation was originally founded in 1900 and began making puzzles by the early 30's. You can learn more about the somewhat confusing history of this company name, involving four different companies, from her definitive work on the history of jigsaw puzzles. Does anyone have any other information on this topic?
Thanks, Jim McW

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[146]from "K209"-17 March 2001:
I purchased several very old Tuco puzzles, would it be possible to find out how old they are and if they are of any value. I have listed the names of the puzzles below:
The Soldier's Dream - Painting by Crane
Communing With Nature - Painting by Crane
Brown County Scene - Painting by White
Peace on Earth - From an original oil painting
Spring Again - Painting by Wieringa
Thank you very much for you help. "K209"
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from Jim McW--21 March 2001:
I would guess post-World War II, probably 1945 to 1955 for all these, but we could be surer if we could see scans of the puzzles or the boxes. You can go to the Tuco Box Styles page, and that may help you get an idea of their approximate dates of issue. Does anyone have any other information on this topic?
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Jim McW--23 March 2001:
If your puzzle, "The Soldier's Dream", is the one I think it is, it may be an LG21 - LG25, in the McCann system of Tuco box codes. To see some of these, go to Tuco 1940's, page one, the first 20 or so puzzles pictured. As a matter of fact, I suspect that all the puzzles you mention will have box designs similar to the ones cited. According to some, these were issued between 1948 and 1957.
See our FAQ page for a brief discussion of puzzle values.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[147]from "AA36"-18 March 2001:
Hi- I have a few Viking Puzzles that were made by the Viking Manufacturing Company of Boston, Ma. and distributed by the American News Company. They apparently were part of a weekly series and also bear the words "look for the silver lining" as they are silver on the back. Could you tell me any information you might have about them and their relative worth? Thank you for your consideration. "AA36"
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You can read a bit more about these puzzles in Anne Williams' book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide. The company only issued puzzles in the 1930's. I don't believe we have any pictures of these puzzles, so we would love to receive pictures, including those silver backs!
Thanks, Jim McW

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[148]from "XKE"-20 March 2001:
This -- I am sure -- is an extraordinarily unusual request. But I am hoping somebody out there in the world of jigsaw puzzles can help me get started in some very personal and meaningful research.
Background: I am an only child. My mother is dead (1984) and her only sister -- who had no children -- is also dead (1993). I have no living relatives on my mother's side, and my father -- due to a series of TIAs (i.e., small strokes) in the past couple of years -- has little memory now. In other words, I have no one to turn to to seek answers to the questions I have below.
Situation: My parents had a "very special" puzzle which they put together often during my childhood. It appears to be a picture of my mother -- in red sweater and black slacks -- standing beside a mountain meadow stream with a summer view of glacier-clad, jagged mountains in the background. The puzzle was a 600-piece, Built-Rite puzzle with a copyright tag on the inside wrap-around edge of the cover which says "copyright 1955 courtesy Union Pacific Railway."
Request to anyone who can help: Where was the picture taken, when was it taken, and what was the name of the women in the picture?
Thank you sincerely for any help. "XKE"
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"XKE" wrote to tell us that a knowledgeable person was found, who knew nothing of the people in the photo, but "identified the photo...the site as one near Lake Marie in the Snowy Range in Wyoming."
Thanks, Jim McW

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