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[1668]from "AB"-7 March 2006:
I want to either encorporate a puzzle into the floor or hang it on the wall in my bathroom. It is approx. 58 in x 32 in. The bathroom is 8ftx8ft.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to seal it to prevent moisture damage?
Thanks
"AB"
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from Jim McW--15 March 2006:

It seems like a good idea, but I think you will encounter some problems, however you do it. If you allow moisture to get to the puzzle, mold or mildew may result. If you completely seal the puzzle, it may "cook" itself. Modern paper usually has acid in its composition (unless it is acid-free). That acid can actually lead to quicker deterioration of paper collectibles, especially if they are not allowed to breathe.
Personally, I think I would take a chance with the sealing treatment, but I'm not sure of the best approach. I would assume that one would use some kind of glue or lacquer. Perhaps a conservation expert or art expert might be able to help you with some advice.
If you have seen our FAQ page, you have already seen these links:
Q&A No. 450, Page 32
Q&A No. 517, Page 37
Q&A No. 796, Page 55
Q&A No. 803, Page 56
Q&A No. 1306, Page 82
Q&A No. 1341, Page 84

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Jim McW
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[1669]from "HBM"-5 March 2006:
Here are images of two more puzzles from Milton Bradley's "Grand" Series. I know that in the past I completed (years ago) another from this series that was neither one of the four on the site nor either of these.

Both puzzles have 2501 pieces (alas, I have lost one piece from "Charlestown"). Both say copyright 1978, but I suspect that they are from two different years. Both are labelled as series 4870, but, oddly, both appear to be number 2 of that series. One is "2. Bow Lake, Canada" and the other is "2. Near Charlestown, S. Carolina". I have no guess why "Charleston" is misspelled, nor why the awkward "S. Carolina" is used.

I hope that this is useful.
"HBM"
2. Bow Lake, Canada" 2. Bow Lake, Canada "
2. Near Charlestown, S. Carolina" 2. Near Charlestown, S. Carolina "
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from Jim McW--31 March 2006:

As far as we know, all the GRAND series were numbered 4870, and the secondary numbers were the same each year. Copyright years can be misleading, too, since the copyright may refer to either the picture or the puzzle, as well as to the first year that the puzzle or the picture was copyrighted.

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Jim McW
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[1670]from "MD"-23 March 2006:
I was given this puzzle from my grandma, I'm looking to find out the age of this puzzle and possibly more info on it. It's by dee-gee. The name of the puzzle is " Daughter of the Setting Sun ". I also have the orginal box that it came in.
thank you in advance
"MD"
Daughter of the Setting Sun" Daughter of the Setting Sun ", DEE-GEE, Detroit Gasket Co.
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from Jim McW--31 March 2006:

We believe these were published in the 1930's.

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Jim McW
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[1671]from "TL"-27 March 2006:
Hi to all...I found a puzzle my grandmother had framed in a closet. It is a wooden puzzle. On the back of the frame she had written the title which is "Boyhood Ambition" and the maker was Joseph K Strauss. I looked at the Strauss puzzles you had listed on this site but I was unable to find this particular one. As a matter of fact, I can't find ANY info on this puzzle. Any help would be appreciated. I just want to know something about it. Year it was made? Anything really would be appreciated.
Thank you so much,
"TL"
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from Jim McW--31 March 2006:

As we say on our STRAUSS puzzle page, we believe they were produced from about 1933 to about 1974. We are not familiar with that particular title.

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Jim McW
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[1672]from "IW"-29 March 2006:
Hello.

I have an old puzzle titled "Golden Summer" from the Hillside Puzzle Company of Melrose, Mass. The size is 8/10; 111 pieces and is 3-ply wood. The name "Annie Rea Blanchard" appears on the label below the company name. The box is plain and there is no picture. The colors are good on the pieces and seem to be hand painted.

So far, I have not found any information on the internet. Can you give me any information...?

Thank you.
"IW"
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from Jim McW--31 March 2006:

According to Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, by Anne D. Williams, these puzzles were produced during the 1930's.

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Jim McW
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[1673]from "PM"-2 April 2006:
In the 1960's I had a puzzle which was a map of the moon. It had all of the latitude and longitude lines on it along with the names of the different areas - I especially remember the sea of tranquility. I don't have the puzzle, don't know who made it (for some reason I thought it might be Jaymar), or how many pieces there were, but I would really like to find this puzzle. I have tried internet searches using a variety of key phrases but nothing of this nature shows up. All of the Jaymar puzzles seem to be cartoon types and this was not that type of puzzle. Do you have any information that you can give me? Thank you for your time.
"PM"
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from Jim McW--12 April 2006:

You're probably thinking of this puzzle:
Moon" Moon ", JAYMAR
However, there was another puzzle, somewhat similar:
Moon Map
" Moon Map "
, SELCHOW & RIGHTER, RAND MCNALLY

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Jim McW
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[1674]from "KR"-6 April 2006:
Hello, I have 3 Tuco Miniature puzzles, Birch Lake, Cattle Country & Cypress Point. 2 are round with over 55 Interlocking pieces and 1 is Rectangular with 75-100 pieces. Unfortunately 2 are incomplete. I have attached a picture if you would like to post them on your site, as I do not see any and there have been a few inquiries. The pictures may also help to date them more accurately.
PS. I love your site, it is so informative and I would like to thank all contributers.
Cheers!
"KR"
3 Tuco mini-puzzles3 TUCO mini-puzzles
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from Jim McW--12 April 2006:

We suspect that the two circular puzzles ( Cattle Country and Birch Lake ) are from the 1960's (approximately) and the rectangular puzzle ( Cypress Point ) is slightly earlier.
We have a few miniature puzzles, mostly TUCO, on our SALE pages (most of them have already been purchased).

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Jim McW
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[1675]from "TB"-14 April 2006:
Hi
I have recently bought a MAMMOTH JIGSAW PUZZLE from a car boot sale in the UK for 30p GBP.
The box was open and I had no idea if it was complete - I sat down to the task ahead and could not put it down - I just HAD to keep trying for ONE MORE PIECE.
Before I knew it the afternoon had dissappeared but to my delight it is COMPLETE.
I have never seen a puzzle like this before and was wondering if you could tell me how old it is. I notice that you have a picture of the same one on your site. It is .................. Number 109 - DRAKE AT THE HOE.
While I understand that you cannot tell me its worth, please could you let me know - if possible - how old the jigsaw is and where it would have originally come from.
The box is red with the words MAMMOTH JIGSAW PUZZLE. OVER 400 PIECES. No 109 DRAKE AT THE HOE.
I thank you for reading this and I hope to hear from you soon.
"TB"
Drake at the Hoe"Drake at the Hoe", MAMMOTH, 1930's.
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from Jim McW--12 April 2006:

As we say on our MAMMOTH Page, "according to British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century, by Tom Tyler, Mammoth puzzles were made by The Queensway Press, London, in the 1930's".
We also enjoy these great, old puzzles, but we see them less often, perhaps, than those of you who live in the UK.
There is a special kind of joy in completing a jigsaw puzzle which is not expected to be complete... but turns out to be complete and in fine condition!

Thanks for sharing your story,
Jim McW
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[1676]from "FM"-17 April 2006:
I have searched and searched! Could you be of assistance in my puzzle question? I have a jigsaw puzzle with the hidden message in the sky that states, "Kenneth #72 12-24-35".
Would you have any info on this type of puzzle and artist? named (The Land We Love) CJamaclle?

Thank You for any you could supply!!!!
"FM"
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from Jim McW--22 April 2006:

It is difficult to say without more information. You have said nothing about the box, if any, nor about whether it is wood or cardboard. A picture of the puzzle and/or box would be helpful.
Is the picture similar to this one?:
Land We Love"Land We Love", BUILT-RITE, 1930's or 1940's [?].

Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Anne Williams--13 July 2006:

Probably someone named Kenneth cut this puzzle in 1935. Or alternatively it was cut as a gift to Kenneth on this date. Puzzles were very popular in the 1930s and thousands of individuals cut them in home workshops.
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[1677]from "JS"-20 April 2006:
I am looking for information on a Jigette Puzzle which was made by Don Shasteen Studios in Toledo, Ohio. It is a "charming silhouette with colorful background in assorted subject." The subject of this one is "Ye Crimson Coach." It has over 200 pieces and is 8" x 12 3/4" when completed. The box also says "handy pocket size with interlocking border." and "These silhouettes are painted in oil colors - many other designs." and "Normal time required: 2 hours" It is a challenging puzzle because the inside pieces are not interlocking. I'd like to know when this was made and any other information about the puzzle that a responder can tell me.

Thank you.

"JS"
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from Jim McW--22 April 2006:

See no. 1016, Page 67, and no. 1228, Page 78.

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Jim McW
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[1678]from "K22"-22 April 2006:
hi- I am wanting to know if anyone knows the name of the artist who designed the 500 piece springbok puzzle "jungle birds".
I believe it is puzzle #2101. the name signed on it is Gwyn, thats it. I want to purchase other prints by this artist if there are any, but I need the full name. Any help would be appreciated. thanks,
"K22"
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[1679]from "CC"-22 April 2006:
Hi,
I have a wooden jigsaw puzzle which is set on a flat puzzle (building) board, in the original package. It has 630 pieces, and says that it is a hand cut Craftsman wooden puzzle. It was imported from England, and was made by Condor Toys Limited.
It's a picture of an Asian Temple. I am unable to find Condor Toys on the internet, and wondered if you've ever heard of such a puzzle, or know anything about them.
Thanks....
"CC"
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from Jim McW--22 April 2006:
According to British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century, by Tom Tyler, Condor was in business in the 1960's, later bought by Michael Stanfield, then a part of the Ravensburger group.

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Jim McW
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from "EP"--6 November 2009:
I have a 16 piece flat Condor wooden floor puzzle described on the box as a Junior Floor Jigsaw. It measures 36 x 9 inches. This was bought in England in the mid 1970s. The picture is of a fire engine and firemen fighting a fire.
"EP"
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[1680]from "HAK"-29 April 2006:
old lithographed blocksold lithographed blocks
old lithographed blocksold lithographed blocks
attached is a picture with 26 lithographed alphabet blocks, children on one side, animals on the other (1916ish, hard to read decal on bottom)
They were my mother's (b.1920 - d.1990).

Well worn, but well used by me and my siblings in the 1950's (have a picture with a brother playing with these blocks).

What can you tell me?

Thanks,
"HAK"
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from Jim McW--8 May 2006:
We only see twelve blocks, so we assume that either some are missing or more than one letter appears on each block.(?)Does anyone know anything about these?

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Jim McW
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from "HAK"--8 May 2006:
Actually, all 26 blocks are in the pictures, most are 2 deep and 2 are three deep. It's a complete set of A. Schoenhut "Alfies"
"HAK"
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from Jim McW--8 May 2006:
Well, we do appreciate the additional information! We freely admit that we are not experts, although one or more experts do occasionally send in answers to the many questions on these pages.
According to Anne Williams, in her Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, A. Schoenhut made puzzles "circa 1930".

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Jim McW
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[1681]from "SMB"-29 April 2006:
Hi,

We purchased an old puzzle at a garage sale that we can't find any information on, and we were wondering if you could be of any help.

It is in a green box labeled "Merry Mood Jig Saw (Type) Puzzle,
Beautifully Lithographed Reproduction of an Original Oil Painting". It has a copyright date of 1933 by Lutz & Sheinkman, Inc., NYC. It measures 14 1/2 by 18 1/2 inches and has about 450 pieces.

We have been unable to find any info on Lutz & Sheinkman, Inc. Any ideas?

Thanks...
"SMB"
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from Jim McW--8 May 2006:
Anne Williams lists this type in her seminal work, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide. We have never seen one of these. Can you provide a picture of the box and/or puzzle?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "SMB"--9 May 2006:
Here's pictures of the box and puzzle:
Merry Mood boxMerry Mood box, "Spanish Garden and Boats", by V. Ricardo.
unknown title" Spanish Garden and Boats ", by V. Ricardo.
"SMB"
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[1682]from "GM"-8 May 2006:
a friend has aquired a guild puzzle -- series 126 titled " Lattice Bridge ". It originally sold for .29. could you tell me the year it was published? thank you
"GM"
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from Jim McW--12 May 2006:
You will probably be able to find a box of design similar to your friend's on our WHITMAN GUILD page. We believe his puzzle was probably issued in the 1950's or early 1960's, although it's very difficult to say exactly.
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Jim McW
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[1683]from "EHF"-10 May 2006:
Good Morning

I have an old Marlboro Jig puzzle titled The Third Alarm but I cannot find what it looks like or any info on it. Can you help?

Thanks
"EHF"
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from Jim McW--12 May 2006:
You may see a few examples of these puzzles on our MARLBORO page. We believe these were issued circa the 1930's. Early puzzles seldom were issued with guide pictures. Some people still prefer to work puzzles without the use of guide pictures.
Try it, you might like it!
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Jim McW
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from "EHF"--24 2006:
I have put it together it is an old fire engine fighting a house fire.
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"EHF"
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[1684]from "AH"-10 May 2006:
I am looking for puzzles featuring the art work of Romas Kukalis. I have one titled Wizard's Revenge by American Publishing. I have searched the net but I am unable to locate any.
"AH"
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[1685]from "JS"-18 May 2006:
Hi Jim, I have a Cat puzzle in an off white flip top cardboard box. There is a sticker on the box which reads Jigsaw Puzzle, Approx. 400 Interlocking pieces. Size 13 x 19 1/2. Style No 752. There is also a picture of a cat cleaning it's paw. Pieces are cut similar to Springbok.

Any help you can give me on this puzzle and the manufacturer would be appreciated.

Thanks,
"JS"
unknown titlecat, title and maker not known.
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[1686]from "DS"-19 May 2006:
I recently purchased a box of puzzles from a garage sale. The box has a little boy and girl along with some barnyard animals on the front. It says "Treasure chest of 10 picture puzzles." There is a black oval marking on the front that reads "Jaymar Specialty Co. Jaymar 200 Fifth Ave. New York, Made in the U.S.A." Inside the box are 4 Hansel and Gretel puzzles, 4 Lady and the tramp puzzles and 2 farm puzzles.
Could you tell me how far these date back?

Thanks,
"DS"
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from Jim McW--27 May 2006:
It is extremely difficult to say without seeing the box, but I would guess the 1940's or 1950's, perhaps later.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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