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[1648]from "JA"-28 September 2002:
[NOTE: See the original entry, no. 741, Page 52]
I have two jigsaw puzzles that are puzzling me. They are both made by Playtime House, Rochester, N.Y., series No. 77 and are both marked Fine Arts Picture Puzzle, made of original lithographs. I have learned that Playtime House was owned by the Leo Hart Printing Company and that most of his estate has been given over to a university library. I wonder if you can give me any more information.

Thanking you in advance,
"JA"
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from "BDH"--31 January 2006:

Dear Puzzler:

Puzzle no more. You can find the company and some personal papers of Leo Hart at the University of Rochester (NY) library. An index can be searched on line....

Good luck with your research.
"BDH"
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from Jim McW--25 June 2006:

Search the collection
Also, see more information about the material available in that collection, on our HART page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1649]from "JJ"-1 February 2006:
Hi,
I have been looking for a 1000 piece puzzle by Norman Rockwell, "The Checker Game" but don't know if they produced it that large.
Have only found a 500 piece one. Do you know if the larger size of this puzzle was made?
"JJ"
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from Jim McW--5 February 2006:

I can think of at least two possible works by Norman Rockwell that you might be thinking of:
It's Your Move " It's Your Move " , by Perfect Picture. [also used by other puzzle makers]
The Checkers Game" The Checkers Game ",
SPRINGBOK PUZZLE PLUS [Part of the fun is finding the (45?) mistakes included in the picture.] This one is from the cover of the April 1, 1943 SATURDAY EVENING POST magazine.
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Jim McW
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[1650]from "RWS"-4 February 2006:
I have "a man's best friend" puzzle from around ww2. It's a german shepard along with a soldier on the battlefield. Many of the pieces are that of states and that of ww2 distinction. Also has,,,,,,V . . . - US in pieces across mid section. Hope you can fill me in!!!
thanks,
"RWS"
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from Jim McW--26 February 2006:

There are two previous reports of similar puzzles: No. 161, Page 11, and No. 802, Page 56. Here's a picture we received, from a similar puzzle:
Man's Best Friend" Man's Best Friend "
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[1651]from "AB"-5 February 2006:
Hi
I was wondering if you know anything about this puzzle made by "Mere for merriment" in New Zealand during World War II?
The jigsaw is higly unusual. It is called "the puzzle of Europe". The box states "The Nazis have battered their crooked sign into the face of Europe, shattering nearly all of it - except Britain. The task that lies before us is that, what ever the cost, we must put Europe together again!". The puzzle is complete and most of the puzzle pieces are swastika shaped. It also comes with a map of Europe and North Africa. The box states the jigsaw is "worthy to be preserved for future generations as a unique record of the present chaos wrought by the wearers of the swastika".
Have attached a photo of puzzle box with a swastika shaped piece on the top of box.
Any help appreciated
regards
"AB"
The Puzzle of Europe
" The Puzzle of Europe "
, "Put Europe Together Again!"
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[1652]from "ML"-5 February 2006:
Great Site. Thank you for your continued devotion to the Puzzle.
Can you help me identify this maker?
Sincerely,
"ML"
unknown title
YLDR logo

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from Jim McW--6 February 2006:

According to Anne Williams' book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, this is the trademark for Wilder Corp.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1653]from "MPH"-7 February 2006:
Kim Jacobs COBBLESTONE WAY
Just a correction to your list of COBBLESTONE WAY puzzles.

The puzzle "Christmas Dreams" is a Masterpieces puzzle. I've never heard of that being Cobblestone Way series. If it *is* a Cobblestone Way puzzle, I would like to see a picture of it PLEASE!!!!!! I would also like to know if there is someone out there willing to sell it to me. I'd be willing to pay $100.

Here's an ADDITION to your list of COBBLESTONE WAY puzzles!

It is called GOSSIPING. Year : 1992; Puzzle #4075-9.

Hugs,
"MPH"
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[1654]from "CH"-8 February 2006:
I found your link on puzzlehistory.com, your msg referred to 4 puzzles probably promoted by Crisco. Do you know where pictures of these puzzles can be found?
"CH"
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from Jim McW--9 February 2006:

Here's the two that we have at the moment.:
Raiding an Eagle's Nest
" Raiding an Eagle's Nest "
[Professor Oscar Quackenbush]
Duck Bags Oscar
" Duck Bags Oscar "
[Professor Oscar Quackenbush]
Chasing Pink Elephants [image not yet available]
Oscar and the Jumping Jack [image not yet available]
SEE also No. 1619, Page 100, and No. 750, Page 52.

Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1655]from "SRW"-11 February 2006:
Hi Jim,

We have recently found some new (to us) puzzles that we have had a difficult time finding information on.
Old Fishin' Hole
" Old Fishin' Hole "
, SAALFIELD ARTCRAFT
Pride of the Ranch
" Pride of the Ranch "
, SAALFIELD ARTCRAFT

They are Junior Jigsaw Picture Puzzles entitled "Old Fishin' Hole" and "Pride of the Ranch." They are obviously of olden vintage (see photos,) but do not list a production date. They are manufactured by Saalfield Artcraft, have 100 large pieces each, and are designed for children.

Have you run across these before? Do you know how long they were in production, or have any history on them? We are very curious to find out any information that is available on their "heritage."

Thank you for any help. We love your site, and frequently visit it to read up on our puzzle history!

Best,
"SRW"
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from Jim McW--12 February 2006:

I think these are from the 1950's, but these are the first I remember seeing of this series.
Does anyone know anything about these?

Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1656]from "QM"-15 February 2006:
My husband and I did a puzzle in college (1991) and lost it. We cannot remember the maker or the title, but we do remember bits and pieces about it...hopefully enough to trigger someoneís memory. It looked sort of old world, showing a scene and that scene in a mirror image where some of the objects were different, ie. A chess board with the pieces placed differently. We want to say it was called "Through the looking glass" and I think it had some sort of Alice in Wonderland theme to it as well. Please help us... it is really bugging us that we canít find it!
"QM"
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from Jim McW--19 February 2006:

I think you may be thinking of this puzzle:
Beyond the Looking Glass
" Beyond the Looking Glass "
, CEACO.

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Jim McW
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[1657]from "TBB"-15 February 2006:
Hi, I have a TUCO puzzle, # 950A series. "Thoroughbreds", it's interlocking and looks like the 1950's, can you tell me anything about this puzzle? Thanks so much.
"TBB"
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from Jim McW--19 February 2006:

There is one or two old TUCO puzzles that you could be referring to, one entitled "Three Thoroughbreds", and these two:
Road of Thoroughbreds
" Road of Thoroughbreds "
, TUCO.
Thoroughbreds
" Thoroughbreds "
, TUCO.

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Jim McW
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[1658]from "CL"-17 February 2006:
Hi. I love your site! Does anyone recognise who the maker of the attached might be?
Japanese print
Japanese subject
, unknown title, maker, and artist. It is on solid mahogany, the picture was originally in three sections and it measures about 14" by 8" (if I remember correctly). It was difficult because it came in a plain box with no guide picture. I believe it was made in the early 20th century from a genuine japanese print. Any ideas? Best wishes,
"CL"
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from Jim McW--19 February 2006:

Thanks for the gracious remarks and the GREAT picture!
Does anyone have a clue as to the maker or artist?
I suspect the cartouche on the right edge gives the title and/or artist. Would some kind person translate the Japanese?

Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1659]from "SM"-17 February 2006:
I have a box of four jigsaws. The front of the box says Miniature Jigsaw Picture Puzzle Set. Summerville Games. s-700.
Titles in set no1
A Serious case
Oh! be a sport
How to land them
In the nick of time
any information you could let me have as to age, or where I can find this, I would be very grateful.
many thanks.
"SM"
box
Miniature Jig-saw Picture Puzzle Set
, Somerville.
A Serious Case" A Serious Case ", Aw, Be a Sport" Aw, Be a Sport ", How to Land Them" How to Land Them ", In the Nick of Time" In the Nick of Time ", Somerville.
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from Jim McW--19 February 2006:

We suspect the 1940's, give or take a few years. Does anyone have more information or opinions?

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Jim McW
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[1660]from "DNE"-17 February 2006:
hi I have a puzzle by the name of sunny Palma - Spain. I was wondering what year this was from. I got it from a flea market. I'm thinking it's from the 1950's. It's tuco original
thank you
"DNE"
Sunny Palma, Spain
" Sunny Palma, Spain "
, TUCO
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from Jim McW--19 February 2006:

We believe this was issued in the 1950's or early 1960's.

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Jim McW
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[1661]from "NM"-21 February 2006:
I searched all over for the "Masters of the Game" jigsaw puzzle by the Warren puzzle company. It was given to me in 1989 and was destroyed in hurricane katrina storm flood surge. It was my favorite and was framed and hung. Can anybody find it for me?
"NM"
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from Jim McW--23 February 2006:

We believe this may be the one:
Masters of the Game
" Masters of the Game ", by Marjett Schille, WARREN, RANDOM HOUSE, 550+ pieces, 1987.

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Jim McW
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[1662]from "KB"-25 February 2006:
I just finished a puzzle called "Puppy Pyramid" from a line called "The Edge" where all the pieces have at least one straight edge. It was hard but fun. It's from a company I'd never heard of before, called TDC Games. Just thought you'd like to know...
"KB"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--5 March 2006:

TDC Games puts out several mystery and "game" type puzzles, one is a series of mysteries call Alphabet mysteries, they have only gotten to E as far as I know.
Nancy Ballhagen's Puzzles
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[1663]from "MF"-4 February 2006:
I have a puzzle called General Wolfe at Quebec it is made by Good-win puzzles, is there any history? It looks as though it probably comes from the 30's or 40's, thanking you in anticipation
"MF"
General Wolfe at Quebec" General Wolfe at Quebec "
boxbox, " General Wolfe at Quebec "
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from Jim McW--25 February 2006:

We note, from the box, that there are 900 pieces (originally!), and that the titles in this, the second series (Pageant of History) are:
1. King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
2. General Wolfe at Quebec
3. Embarkation of the Pilgrim Fathers
4. Nelson Before the Battle of Copenhagen

I think you are probably correct in assuming that this is from the 1930's.
Thanks for the great pictures and information (and sorry for the delay in posting!),
Jim McW
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[1664]from "EC"-25 February 2006:
Hello! I was wondering if there is something on the box that tells if two (or more) puzzles are cut from the same die. I am particularly curious about older, popular brand puzzles one might find in thrift shops or garage sales.
Thanks for the info!
"EC"
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from Jim McW--25 February 2006:

Not only is there no way to tell by the box.... There is seldom any point to it! Even if two puzzles were cut from the same die(s), the pieces from one puzzle may not fit well in the other puzzle.

This is perhaps a good time to quote from the great, old book by Sterling A. Mason, TUCO PUZZLES: 1932-1957: "TUCO puzzles were...cut out with steel dies.... A pair of dies were used to cut out the puzzle pieces.... A thick rubber pad was imbedded in each die so that when the fiber board was pressed into the die to produce the cut, the fiber board would be forced back out... The puzzle pieces were passed over a screen to separate out any small particles which might have been produced in the cutting process. As the dies were used, they would wear and break. It was necessary to repair them from time to time and so the die pattern would change over the course of time. This means that puzzle pieces are not likely to be exactly the same even for those produced by the same dies."
Jim McW
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from "SRW"--6 March 2006:

Hi Jim,

In response to the question, there is a least one group of folks who may have had some luck with a few Springbok puzzles. They've created a system and a website dedicated to the matching of puzzles with puzzle pieces. Two links are provided below. They are, at the very least, interesting to read. We plan to donate a couple of our old, incomplete Springboks in the name of science. Maybe others will donate and/or benefit as well.

http://members.cox.net/springboks/missing.html http://home.att.net/~mike_helland/diecuts-lost-piece-matching.html

Best to you!
"SRW"
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from Jim McW--15 March 2006:

I don't mean to say it is impossible to replace a missing piece from a duplicate puzzle. What I do say is that it is usually difficult, often impossible, and requires considerable patience and perserverance.

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Jim McW
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[1665]from "C", in Ohio-25 February 2006:
I have a 10 puzzle set that I bought at walmart a couple years ago..."sure-lox, #40731-6, made in china by the canadian group". There were several sets available, this particular one includes the daffodil, american eagle, penguins, mixed sweets, etc. i have misplaced the picture guide, and am trying to find out where i can call or write to replace it??? any ideas?
all help appreciated,
"C", in Ohio
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[1666]from "AJ"-25 February 2006:
I have a Tuco picture puzzle,and I would like to know how old it is. The name of it is Never Too Late To Learn painting by Harold Anderson.
Size is 16''x20'' 300 to 500 pieces. Tuco work shops incorporated Lockport New York.
"AJ"
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from Jim McW--15 March 2006:

If this is the box:
Never Too Late to Learn"Never Too Late to Learn", TUCO the date of issue is approximately 1948-1957.

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Jim McW
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[1667]from "BAR"-7 March 2006:
What is a contiguous puzzle?
At school someone mentioned this type of puzzle being appropriate for a young child.

thanks
"BAR"
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