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[1606]from "B1"--1 December 2005:
The name on the box is spelled F.H.Mckay. I have a few of these puzzles. There is a little line under the c. Dont know much about the puzzles but I did see the name( I had to use the reading glasses to see it) . Thanks
"B1"
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from "JL"--23 December 2005:

F.H. McKay was a female artist born in 1880 (date of death unknown) who painted primarily coastal scenes (usually with trees and houses along a path leading to the ocean). Many of the paintings also had figures in them. The style is impressionist. Some information (very limited) is available on the artist from the Washington-based "Women In American Art" organization.
"JL"
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from Jim McW--24 December 2005:

We believe this is a puzzle based on a work by F.H. McKay:
Seacoast Lane" Seacoast Lane ", by F.H. McKay, TUCO.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1607]from "JK"--2 December 2005:
I am looking for the list of objects seen in the jigsaw puzzle "Trump's General Store". It is a photograph of the interior of an old time general store that actually was made from 153 common objects. These objects only become apparent by studying the picture closely as they mimic other thigs so cleverly. The puzzle was made by Ceaco in the 1980's and had 1000 pieces. I recently saw the puzzle in a Target store, and I thought it had a solution list with it, but I already had the puzzle, so I didn't buy it just to find out if the list was included or not. This "can you find..." also was a Bits n Pieces contest puzzle in the 1990's I believe. Thanks,
"JK"
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from Jim McW--9 December 2005:

See no. 757 and no. 758, Page 53; no. 827, Page 57; no. 1503, Page 94; and no. 1391, Page 87.
Does anyone have a list of all 153 objects?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--5 March 2006:

I don't think the new "Trumps" has a list, but they might try to contact Ceaco. or maybe Joan Steiner, the artist, has a website where they might look, or ask.
Nancy Ballhagen's Puzzles
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[1608]from "FF"--4 December 2005:
Were the Colossus series the largest size Milton Bradley puzzles?How many were in the series,and dates of production?Also the same data for the 3000 piece Magnum series?
"FF"
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from Jim McW--10 December 2005:

We are not sure. We do believe that MB issued quite a few puzzles of 3000 pieces. We believe the dates of issue for all of these very large MB puzzles fall probably between 1970 and 2000.
Can anyone give us more detailed information on this?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1609]from "KR"--4 December 2005:
Hi, I am in search of a jigsaw puzzle that features cheerleaders, preferably of the "cartoon" nature, although actual people would be fine. I have a 5 year old daughter who loves cheerleading and wants a jigsaw puzzle that has cheerleaders on it. I have seen the cartoon character of Kim Possible as a cheerleader but have been unsuccessful at finding a jigsaw puzzle to purchase. ANY help with a puzzle having to do with cheerleaders would be greatly appreciated.
Thank-You in advance,
"KR"
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[1610]from "JS"--6 December 2005:
Hi, my husband also had a sculpture puzzle in which all the instructions were in foreign language.
I copied out the instructions in French and then did a translation on the internet and hence, he can now do his puzzle! Thought others might like to share this idea. It wasn't particularly easy, I had to hold the code up to a mirror to be able to read it, but it was worth it in the end. I now have a happy husband!
Best wishes,
"JS"
Just for the record: each part has 4 numbers, the third number is the section of the puzzle, deduct the last number of the first two numbers, and that is the number in the section. i.e. 1854 part is in section 5, deduct 4 from 18=14, so you know that this is the 14th layer of the 5th section.
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[1611]from "ACL"--7 December 2005:
Hi,

I am looking for a puzzle from the late 50ís or early 60ís of people on a picnic. It had a large table with kids and adults eating watermelon and chicken and all the other food. Think there was a dog trying to get some food. Used to be a family favorite and would love to see it again.

Thanks

"ACL"
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[1612]from "KP"--8 December 2005:
Hi there -

I'm looking for a borderless puzzle that's all black (no pictures). Does this type of puzzle exist? If so, do you know where I can buy one? Alternatively, if the borderless puzzle doesn't exist in all one color, where is a good source to buy all one color puzzles with a border?

Thank you
"KP"
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from Jim McW--10 December 2005:

Can you explain what you mean by "borderless" ?

There has been several puzzles issued with all one color and several more with almost all one color.:

Little Red Riding Hood's Red Riding Hood (RED)
Flat Banana (YELLOW)
several by Synergistics.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "KP"--12 December 2005:
Hi there -

Thanks for your response to my inquiry. Some puzzles have no straight edged border, which raises the level of difficulty. I have seen some puzzles of this type called "Impuzzibles".

Thank you!
"KP"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2005:

In other words, an irregular border or "non-straight-edge" border. Relatively few puzzles have been made of all one color, or with irregular border. I know of none that are all black. Why don't you contact some of the wooden puzzle cutters on our LINKS page and commission a puzzle to your specifications?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1613]from "BVO"--10 December 2005:
I have recently come across a lot of about 25 old jig saw puzzles from the 30's, mostly Tuco. The big problem is that they are moldy.
The boxes are still in pretty good shape but there is mold growing inside and on the pieces.
Is there a safe way to clean the mold from these puzzles to make them desirable again.
Thanks,
"KP"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2005:

You could try leaving them in strong sunlight, and there may even be some solution with which they could be treated, but I know of no way to be sure that the mold is eradicated. If there is any spores remaining the mold would return eventually.
Can anyone give us more assistance?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "JS"--21 February 2006:

One well known dealer uses "Tilex" on mold / musty game boxes as part of his restoration process. I think that you could pick the worst puzzle and give the backside of the pieces a light spray and let them dry out. Then dampen a soft cloth with some of the "Tilex" and lightly wipe the front of the pieces. You could assemble the puzzle on a piece of plywood or something that you could nail strips of wood onto to hold the puzzle in place and do the whole thing at once. Or, you may discover that the front of the pieces were not affected. If this works out OK for you, please let the rest of us know.
"JS"
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from Jim McW--30 September 2007:

See also No. 524, Page 38, for a similar discussion.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1614]from "CP"--10 December 2005:
We have a puzzle that was purchased in 2002. We recently became more interested in finding out more about this mysterious puzzle. We do know that there is no [guide] picture and that it came in a gold box with red labled writing on it. I have seen some things that connect it to the 1940's ( on the internet) but am still not sure. Can you tell me if you know anything?

"VICTORY"
Artistic plywod Jig-saw Puzzle
Made in England
Subject: RUSH BEARING (PERIOD)
WITH ABOUT 500 PIECES
SIZE19'' X 15''
Made in England by G. J. Hayter & Co. Ltd., Boscombe, Bournemouth,
"CP"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2005:

We suspect that this puzzle was issued in the 1960's. Is there any other details of text on or configuration of the box that you can give us? Price? Picture?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Anne Williams--13 July 2006:

Hayter made the "Artistic" line of puzzles from the 1930s until 1970. They supplied no guide pictures. Many titles were produced for decades. Tom Tyler's book has more on Hayter history.
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[1615]from "AK"--11 December 2005:
I'm looking for the puzzle of the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, December 29,1945. Any ideas?
Thanks!
"CP"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2005:

Do you have any idea what the subject of the cover is? If so, that information might help us.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW--28 December 2005:

Our research indicates that this cover depicted a butler or waiter looking dejectedly at the remains of a wild New Year's Eve party. We do not believe this cover was ever the subject of a jigsaw puzzle.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1616]from "BB"--9 December 2005:
Hi,

When I was a kid in WWII, I remember doing a jig saw puzzle that I recall was "Bombers Moon". It depicted British night bombers over Germany, I believe. Does anyone know of this puzzle?
"BB"
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[1617]from "DJM"--15 December 2005:
Hi, I am looking for a puzzle I used to do as a child back in the early to mid 70's, if I remember correctly it had about 9 little rectangular paintings of various national parks which were arranged in a vertical rectangular shape. It was a larger puzzle. I think it had paintings of Yellowstone and Yosemite for sure, Grand Canyon possibly , and a few others. If any has heard of or seen this please assure me it exists and also help me with a better description. I'd love to find a photo of it or better yet purchase one.
"DJM"
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from Jim McW--23 December 2005:

If anyone recognizes this puzzle, please identify it for us. In the meantime, see our new Parks on Puzzles pages.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "DM"--8 March 2006:

I have been able to find this/these puzzles in online auctios recently. They are from a brand called RUSTIC and must have been made in a series, as I have bought two different puzzles, who said she had sold a third earlier. Each puzzle has 9 little vignettes of National Parks. The one I got so far says Yosemite#3 under the Yosemite painting and Grand Canyon #2 under Grand Canyon painting, so obviously there are three. The one I have in my hand has blue borders and box, the one coming is yellow borders and box.
I will post photos to this site when I get the other one.
"DM"
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[1618]from "JB"--22 December 2005:
We are looking for a puzzle from the 50s or 20s called the three hunters. do you know of it?
Thanks
"JB"
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from Jim McW--23 December 2005:

You may be thinking of this old puzzle (see our Gold Seal page).:
The Three Hunters" The Three Hunters ", by Dale Nichols, GOLD SEAL, circa 1950's?.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1619]from "MP"--12 December 2005:
Hi! I am attaching a picture of Raiding an Eagle's Nest" Raiding an Eagle's Nest "
"MP"
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from Jim McW--28 December 2005:
See No. 750, Page 52 for more discussion of this PROCTOR & GAMBLE promotional puzzle series from the 1930's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1620]from "PS"--13 December 2005:
Hello!

I have browsed your page with high interest, since I am a devoted puzzler. I happened to find a leaflet in one of my recently bought (second hand, that is) boxes, which I hope you will find interesting. Note the text on front flap: "a milton bradley company". I haven't at all got the faintest idea when this could have been printed, but I do remember one of the puzzles depicted from my childhood in the early seventies. Could the absence of capitals in the text in front point to the late sixties, perhaps?

Regards,
"PS"
front flapARROW GAMES LTD. various puzzles
other various puzzles other various puzzles
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from Jim McW--28 December 2005:
According to Tom Tyler, in his book, British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century, ARROW was closely associated with MILTON BRADLEY from 1972 to 1987.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1621]from "JM"--25 December 2005:
Are there names for the different shaped pieces in a traditional puzzle?
"JM"
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from Jim McW--28 December 2005:
See our GLOSSARY for a discussion of this topic, some of which is light-hearted. There is also some solid information there, though!
Does anyone out there use terms for certain shapes?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1622]from "AB in PA"--29 December 2005:
Not relevant to puzzles themselves, but very relevant to grandparents buying/keeping their old favorites for small grandchildren.

I have several old Playskool and Sifo wooden tray puzzles. Does anyone know if the paint is dangerous to babies and toddlers who will chew anything? My daughter is quite cautious for her children (a trait I honor).

Thanks, love the site!
"AB in PA"
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from Jim McW--30 December 2005:
I don't think anyone is going to be able to provide a simple answer to this question (which we consider relevant and important).
We gather from Anne Williams that SIFO produced toys and puzzles from the 1940's to the 1970's, and that PLAYSKOOL has been in business since the 1920's. Both businesses always had (and have) excellent reputations. However, we would consider it likely that their production methods and materials may have changed over the decades, and that scientists (and the industry) simply knew less about toxic materials in the old days than today.
I would lean to the side of caution.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1623]from "DR"--2 January 2006:
I have four small wooden children's puzzles (less than 10 pieces). One is of a forest ranger feeding a baby deer with another man looking on; another one is of a little girl with a dog; another is of a little girl laying in the grass looking at the sky, and the other one if of a little girl with her dress pulled to the side. There are no signatures on the pieces nor any type of brand identification. These were mine as a child so I know they are from the 40's. Could you possibly help me as to a brand of something.... Thanks.
"DR"
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[1624]from "NP"--5 January 2006:
RE: No. 378, Page 27; No. 1011, Page 67; No. 1457, Page 91; and No. 1629, just below.
[All names have been changed to protect their privacy. - Jim McW]
Hi, my name is Nick and I have an inquiry about your 747 puzzle. I recently moved out of a house where I had two room-mates. After clearing out my room and moving in somewhere else, one of my friends, who was also a room-mate, came back from a trip where he had received a special present from his grandfather. The present was the puzzle that I believe you also have, the Flight 747 Cleared For Takeoff. [We don't have this puzzle. - Jim McW]
Well, I came by to visit today and my other room-mate who is also a good friend of mine told me a very unfortunate story. The room-mate who was given the puzzle is named Jim and my other room-mate is Tom.
Jim had been putting the puzzle together in the room where I had been and he was putting it together on the floor. Tom has an iguana that sometimes wanders around the house and marks its territory. The worst possible outcome occured as Tom's iguana ["marked its territory"] all over the collector puzzle. Jim feels horrible and Tom threw away his grandfathers puzzle as it was thoroughly ruined. I was wondering if.... you had any idea where Jim might be able find a replacement, I would appreciate it because I really dislike seeing people lose things that made them happy.
"NP"
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[1625]from "SD"--6 January 2006:
Hi there,
I hope you can help. I noticed a discussion of the location of the hidden cat in Heronim Wysocki's "Cider Time" puzzle, but I'm having a different problem. I cannot find the cat in the "Candlelight Inn" puzzle! I have not assembled the puzzle yet and that may be the problem, but on every other Heronim puzzle I own, I've been able to locate the cat on the box. Can you tell me where the cat is in the "Candlelight Inn" puzzle?
Thanks a lot,
"SD"
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[1626]from "CJ"--6 January 2006:
I recently acquired a W.C. Fields puzzle that is packed in a 16mm film can that says "Famous people jigsaws". In small letters below the heading and to the right is the word Alpsco, the round can says star puzzle, under that is 18" round puzzle of more than 300 pieces. There is a picture of W.C. Fields in the center (a picture of what the puzzles looks like put together) and under the picture it has *FIELDS*. The puzzle pieces are in perfect condition and have red felt backsides. I am very curious about this puzzle as I have never seen one like it, any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,
"CJ"
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from Jim McW--8 January 2006:
We have also seen a version of this series, apparently marketed by NEIMAN-MARCUSTM as "Neiman-Marcus Presents a Double Feature".
SEE No. 740, Page 52; No. 1315, Page 83; No. 1585, Page 99; and our new ADULT LEISURE CORP.TM section, on the Other Puzzles page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1627]from "J", Lancaster Co., PA--7 January 2006:
Hi, any comment on this title, I do not see it on this site. The picture (or I think it is a print) was found in a old office building, probably has been there 20-30 years
Signed Frank M Hamiton Winter Rains
Picture looks like Mill, or Stone Barns, road leading up to the buildings, sky background, cloudy gray and white color
Interesting thing is, on the Stone Mill in the center, there is a square piece with color squares, looks like it does not belong, if you look close.
Just thought I would let you know the title....
"J", Lancaster Co., PA
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