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[1628]from "PR7"--7 January 2006:
Hi. I have a Fairchild Chevron puzzle that I need some help with. Wondering the age, information about Paul Mead, etc. Thank you.
"PR7"
Remember Mebox Remember Me" Remember Me " Remember Mebox text, ALL-FAIR CHEVRON, 1940's.
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from Jim McW--8 January 2006:
The box shows the following titles in Series D:
Remember Me
Give Up Gramp
New Friends
In Venice
Pals
Arabs
We have seen a similar CHEVRON box, but Series E, which advertised these titles in that series:
Old Fashioned Bouquet
A Breton Home
The Red Star
Ye Olde Tavern
Nordic Splendor
Arabs
We are also aware of two (probably older) puzzles from CHEVRON, " At Bay " and " A Long Range Shot ".
We believe these are all from the 1940's.
You can probably find some of these pictures on other brands of puzzles, by doing a search on our SEARCH page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1629]from "TK"--9 January 2006:
A friend just gave me " Flight 747 Cleared for Takeoff " from April House. I flew that aircraft for JAL and would like to know more about the puzzle. It's been put together a number of times and the box corners are taped but I believe all the pieces are still intact. Any history would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
"TK"
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from Jim McW--10 January 2006:

RE: No. 378, Page 27; No. 1011, Page 67; No. 1457, Page 91; and No. 1624, Page 100.
I think we have included everything we know in these references on our site.
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Jim McW
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[1630]from "JH"--13 January 2006:
Wysocki 1024 AmCal Sunday Sailors
Hi,
This puzzle must be scarce as hen's teeth. I see it advertised by sellers, and when I get to their site, no puzzle at all. I see that Toyland has been reissued. Do you think this puzzle might be also? Thanks.
"JH"
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from Jim McW--14 January 2006:

The only instance of this on a puzzle that we know of is on this old COLORFORMS puzzle. Almost all of those are rare now, and usually highly sought after by collectors. We have no way of guessing whether the painting will appear on any puzzle in the future. You may want to check the WYSOCKI GALLERY.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1631]from "JS"--13 January 2006:
Hi,
I have an advanced childrens tuco picture puzzle...100 interlocking pieces...clean cut shapes, easier to handle wood like pieces.....made exclusively from tripl-thick upson board..giant 15" multi-colored...series 400 ...Protecting Her Puppy. I can not find a date or any other information on this and thought this might be a rare puzzle?? Any help or info you can give me would be appreciated Thanks
"JS"
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from Jim McW--18 January 2006:

These are probably seen somewhat less frequently on the secondary market than the adult TUCO puzzles, but they are seen, and we have not seen them fetch much more than the adult puzzles. We suspect they were issued in the 1950's, but it could have been a bit earlier.
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Jim McW
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[1632]from "T"--17 January 2006:
Hi,
I would appreciate any help you can give in identifying the maker of a puzzle that I recently acquired in the U.K.:
unknownunknown title
I am enclosing a photo of it, from which you can see that it is a non interlocking puzzle of a Lawson Wood print. It comprises 215 pieces and is made of 3 ply wood and it came in a Tuck's zag saw box pertaining to a different puzzle. There is a wealth of colour line cutting. No figurals.
As an assembled puzzle it it looks reasonably straightforward but, in fact, this is quite tricky and gave me a great deal of pleasure for longer than I would care to admit!
It is well cut, certainly very old, and I would dearly like to know more about it.
Over to you! -
"T", from Warwickshire, England
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[1633]from "JDV"--17 January 2006:
Tuco made a puzzle in the 40's called Land of the Midnight Sun. Can you tell me the artist of the picture? .....
"JDV"
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from Jim McW--25 February 2006:

We believe this has been used on several lines of puzzles, including at least two versions of TUCO puzzles, under the title of " The Midnight Sun " and " Land of the Midnight Sun ".
The Midnight Sun" The Midnight Sun ", TUCO, 1930's.
We have also seen it on a PERFECT DOUBLE puzzle, and perhaps others.
One puzzle of that title was apparently from a painting by W.E. Bryant, but we are not yet sure if it is the same work.
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Jim McW
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[1634]from "KG"--18 January 2006:
I have been searching for a specific puzzle and cant find it any where! Can you tell me who has any outhouse puzzles? I have seen them but I cant find one anywhere. I am needing this for my mom and her bathroom. HELP!
thanks,
"KG"
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from Jim McW--19 January 2006:

You may be thinking about a jigsaw puzzle which came out a few years ago:
Nature Calls"Nature Calls", 1990, 550 pieces.
We sold our only copy about a year ago.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--5 March 2006:

Nature Calls Outhouse puzzle, we still have a few left.
Nancy Ballhagen's Puzzles [March 2007 - NO LONGER AVAILABLE!]
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from Jim McW--1 January 2007:

Another possibility is:
Great American Outhouses" Great American Outhouses ", BITS & PIECESTM
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1635]from "JWK"--17 January 2006:
I recently purchased a puzzle at a thrift store for 50 cents. The box says " Nostalgia jigsaw puzzle ", and looks like a poster advertisement. It is titled " Crabapple Blossoms and Lavender Salts ". It also mentioned Crown Perfumery Co. of London in the puzzle. The finished puzzle measures 18 X 22 inches and has a lady picking crabapples and three little girls playing under the tree. There's a small square with Whitman and under the square the number 4636. Any history on this one?
"JWK"
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[1636]from "MT"--18 January 2006:
RE: #833, [Page 58]
I have an old 8X10 by an artist named Rod Palmer, aka august albo. #149. It was distributed, I'm guessing, by Lambert products, St. Louis, MO, Brooklyn, NY. Maybe he had several alias's.
"MT"
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from "CCR"--21 February 2006:

Hello, We also have a Rod Palmer painting that was given to us way back in the 1960's. It is a landscape scene with trees and a pond done in fall colors and is signed ROD PALMER in the right hand corner. It is approximately 18 X 24 framed. It is beautiful. The elderly couple who gave it to us were neighbors who came from the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area and they had the painting a long time before they gave it to us as a house warming gift. We did not think to ask it's history and they have since passed away. Much research has revealed nothing as to who Rod Palmer, the painter was. The only clue we have is on the back it is stamped "Woodland Pool" by Rod Palmer. We also would like to know who this artist was.
"CCR"
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from Jim McW--24 February 2006:

We are a little unclear as to the connection between Rod Palmer and August Albo. Unless you know something we don't, I don't think we can say that the two names have any connection.
We found another reference in No. 783, Page 54. Here's that picture:
Winding Creek"Winding Creek", WHITMAN GUILDTM
Also, someone sent us this picture some time ago:
Winding Creek" Winding Creek ", by Rod Palmer, MILTON BRADLEY SOMERSETTM, circular, 650 pieces, 1966.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "CVB"--7 May 2006:

I just acquired a very large painting signed by Rod Palmer entitled "Quiet Water". It was issued from Illinois Moulding Company in Chicago; I have no other information, but perhaps that would help.
"CVB"
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[1637]from "KB"--18 January 2006:
Hi, was just looking at your Milton Bradley puzzle information online. very nice website for puzzle enthusiast. I am trying to determine the name of a puzzle that my parents had years ago (1970s-1980s), so I can look for one to purchase, as we no longer have the original. I believe it is Wyoming Morn - the number is C4770. Was just curious if you know where I can find a picture of this puzzle to determine if it is the one I'm looking for. If I remember it right, it is a picture of a farmstead with several outbuildings on a snowy morning. thanks for you help in advance.
"KB"
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from Jim McW--22 January 2006:

Your description sounds a bit like a puzzle called "Three Hunters" [See no. 1618, Page 100], but it is probably not the same one.
The series number sounds as though it was a puzzle with 1500 pieces or so, with a photographic subject?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1638]from "SA"--18 January 2006:
Hi,
Can you tell me how old the TUCO puzzle entitled "Maple Sugar Time" No 32197 is? It is a 1020 tripl-thick interlocking puzzle.
Thanks,
"SA"
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from Jim McW--22 January 2006:

Here's a TUCO of that title:
Maple Sugar Time" Maple Sugar Time ", TUCO
We believe it was issued between 1971 and 1983.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1639]from "BT"--20 January 2006:
Hi,

Hope you can help, we are trying to find a catalogue listing of all of the jigsaws produced by Arrow Games Limited and Falcon, if possible (the older ones 1960 - 1980's particularly).

Any Ideas on where we can get these from?
"BT"
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from Jim McW--22 January 2006:

We know of no such listing.
However, you may want to contact members of the BCD.
Alternatively, we would be happy to start another (or two) of our communal listings. We usually start these on our LISTS page, but I think we might start these on our ARROW and FALCON pages.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1640]from "CP"--23 January 2006:
I would like to get more information about this jig-saw puzzle made by the Jaymar specialty company 200 fifth Ave. New York, N.Y. It is one out of four in the "Frontier Days" series. This one is titled
Buckboard Meeting" Buckboard Meeting ", JAYMAR FRONTIER DAYS.
The others are "Ride-Em-Cowboy", "Ranch ?", and "The Iron Horse"....
"CP"
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from Jim McW--24 January 2006:

We believe this was issued in the 1950's, although it's possible it came out a bit later. Here's another someone sent in some time ago:
Ranch House" Ranch House ", JAYMAR FRONTIER DAYS.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW--1 November 2006:

On closer inspection, we suspect "Buckboard Meeting" may be a scene taken from the movie " Duel in the Sun ", starring Gregory Peck and Joseph Cotten.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW--13 April 2008:

We have just confirmed our last entry, by finding the exact frame in that movie from which the puzzle was made.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1641]from "abi"--26 January 2006:
Hi. I have a puzzle of Bentalls in Kingston. It is complete and in box, box is quite battered. It was presented by Bentalls but has no date. Have you got any imfo about it ? It has the name Leonard H Bentall who was the governing and managing director printed on the front.
Regards
"abi"
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from Keith--8 March 2006:

Hi Jim,
Bentalls, like many other important London stores, had puzzles made for them by various manufacturers but sold them under the Bentalls name.
Without more information or photographs, it will not be possible to date this, other than the period Leonard H Bentall was managing director, which I think was the 1930's to 1940's.
Keith
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[1642]from "GK"--26 January 2006:
I did not see this one on your site and was wondering if they did more puzzles in this title. It is called Playtime Jigsaw Puzzle , and the title of the Puzzle is " Parade ". It is definitely older, and the Can is the larger in circumference type, has 96 Pieces. I had some of the Smaller fairy tale puzzles and one Storyland puzzle Peter Pan, [and] the Playtime Puzzle is the same size can as the Storyland. Any information is of course, appreciated,
Thanks,
"GK"
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from Jim McW--29 January 2006:

We have used this occasion to expand our HG TOYS page, and we have included a question there for more information about this and other series produced by HARETT-GILMAR.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1643]from "LJ"--26 January 2006:
Hello R.B.M. fans.
Does anyone know where to find Robert B. Martin's " Texas a State of Mind " or " Florida a State of Mind " ? These are the only two I do not have of his. Thank you
"LJ"
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from Jim McW--29 January 2006:

Can anyone answer this question?
And, while we're at it, when you write in, assume that we know nothing about your special interest. You didn't tell us what manufacturer produced these puzzles. The more information you give us, the more likely we are to be able to help you.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1644]from "DE"--28 January 2006:
I bought several of these puzzles by Harett-Gilmar at an estate sale. Could you possibly tell me when these puzzles were made.:

Goldilocks 412
Puss N Boots 413
Red Riding Hood 417
Three Little Pigs
Ginger Bread Man
Rapunzel

Any information is welcome. Thanks
"DE"
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from Jim McW--29 January 2006:

We have been trying to collect information about these puzzles for several years now. Our best guess at this time is that these were produced in the 1950's or 1960's. See our HG Toys page, as well as no. 1642, above.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1645]from "DC"--28 January 2006:
I hve a GJ Hayter old wooden puzzle, the "Victory" dog wood jigsaw puzzle childs puzzle. I can't find anything out about it.
Any suggestions on where to look?
Thanks,
"DC"
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from Jim McW--29 January 2006:

You can get a little general information on ourVICTORY page, and much more if you get access to a copy of Tom Tyler's British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century (see our SALE pages. You may also want to acquire Brian Price's book and list, both entitled Victory Jig-Saw Puzzles. You can order these directly from him by writing to:
Brian P Price
HIGH TREES
Grange Close
EVERTON
Lymington Hants
SO41 OTY
ENGLAND
A couple of years ago, the prices were 12.50 GBP for the book and 5.50 GBP for the lists, but those prices may well have changed because of inflation. In addition, Brian says that he can accept payment only in sterling, but that many US banks will issue checks in that currency.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1646]from "RMC"--28 January 2006:
I recently found a Playskool puzzle and would like to know if you can identify the date for me. The puzzle is a picture of four children (two young boys and two girls and they are standing near a wooden grotto of some sort. The grotto has a statue of what appears to be Jesus in it. The statue has one hand up and one hand over the heart. There is a tree in the picture and the children seem to be standing in a meadow. One of the girls is placing a bouquet of flowers on the post of the grotto. Can you possibly identify this puzzle? It appears to be from the fifties or even earlier. Thanks! Any other info on it would be helpful too!!
"RMC"
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[1647]from "B"--29 January 2006:
Hi, I hope someone can help me.
I purchased this treasure at my local thrift store, thinking it was something of value... I can find NOTHING on the internet about it, except that this print was first published in 1782. I don't know if it was originally published as a puzzle or not. It is definitely hand-painted lithograph. Has anyone out there come across anything like it?
Thanks for any help/advice.
"B"
Hotch Potch Alphabet" The Comical Hotch-Potch Alphabet, or the Alphabet turn'd Posture-Master"
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from Jim McW--29 January 2006:

We consulted The English Jigsaw Puzzle: 1760 to 1890, by Linda Hannas, and we did not find it listed, although there is some information about Carington Bowles. You might try getting in touch with members of the BCD.
See British Jigsaw Puzzles - Tom Tyler
Please let us know what you learn!
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from S.D.--11 February 2006:

Hey Jim!

I have one of these, and it is in a rough wood frame and looks identical to the one pictured on the puzzlehistory website. I found mine at a yard sale a few years ago (I think I paid $5). You can find out a bit more information by getting on the internet and searching for:

(use this entire phrase)

Comical Hotch-Potch or the Alphabet turn'd POSTURE MASTER

or

Alphabet Cards


·'Calligrams' (letters made from pictures). Try typing calligrams in a web search -- you'll find a few interesting sites.
·Only 24 letters -- 'J' and 'U' missing -- if the j and u were included it would not be 'square' (8 x 3)
·"jís" and "uís" were printed in 1782, as "iís" and "vís;" additionally, "sís" looked like "fís."
·Used in the later 18th century to teach children the alphabet.
·University of Wateroo, Canada -- Check this out 'An Alphabet Puzzle'

·the UK sites actually sell these as educational flashcards to teach the alphabet and pretty cheaply I might add (about 10 pounds).
·the best site: http://www.aphrodigitaliac.com/mm/archive/alphabet/

S.D.
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from Jim McW--9 March 2006:

With the help of one or two people who wrote in, we found a little information about Carington Bowles. Apparently, the Bowles family were in the printing business from the late 1600's through the end of the 18th century, when the business was continued as a partnership, Bowles & Carver.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Keith--9 March 2006:
Hi Jim,

If this is the genuine article (and the only way to know for sure is to have an expert examine it closely), this would be a very important puzzle dating from the the latter half of the 18th century. I have only seen one of these and that was about 25 years ago, and it would be of great interest to Puzzle Historians.
Carington Bowles came from a family of high class map and print sellers in London who were in business from the earliest days of the dissected map. He is probably best known in the "jigsaw" world for his association with Willliam Darton and C.Dilly when they jointly published "Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History" (1787): "the first Historical Dissection - after the manner of Dissected Maps".
We can therefore assume that this was after that date but before Carington died in 1793, so early by any standards. After 1793 the firm became known as Bowles and Carver and continued to be associated with the Darton family into the 1800's.

Keith ( BCD Archivist )
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from icollectpuzzles--12 April 2006:

Hello, The puzzle shown in the picture is a reproduction made and sold at Williamsburg Colonial Village. These are stamped out and the copy I have exactly matches the cutting lines of the picture shown. Sorry to disappoint anyone who hoped to have a real 18th Century puzzle. I did see one real puzzle sell on eBay a few years ago.
Cheers,
icollectpuzzles
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