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[1704]from "PC"-20 July 2006:
I have inherited 2 puzzles. One I can find a little information on; it is a Hills Brothers Coffee promotional and I still have the box it came in. Unfortunately there are 2 or 3 pieces missing but I also have 3 extra pieces. The other one is a Wilson & Co. ham promotional and I can find nothing about it. It is largely orange and looks like a wrapped up ham. Can you tell me anything about it or where I can look to find out something? Thank you.

"PC"
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from Jim McW--21 July 2006:
SEE No. 453, Page 32 and No. 1158, Page 74, for a bit of info on the Hills Brothers puzzle.
I don't believe we've ever seen the Wilson & Co. puzzle.
Can anyone identify or otherwise elucidate this old puzzle?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "PC"--1 August 2006:
Thank you. The ham puzzle must have 200 tiny pieces and no picture. I would estimate its age, given the age of the other puzzles I received, as around 60 t0 70 years. I know that the coffee pot one is 73 years old and I received two that say 1946 and 1 that is 1944 and 1 more with no date but obviously old.
"PC"
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from "PC"--9 August 2006:
As you can see there are some pieces missing. There may be as few as 2 or as many as 4 since some of the pieces are tiny. My guess would be 4 pieces.
"PC"
Wilson Ham
" Wilson Ham " (?)
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[1705]from "DT"-20 July 2006:
Can you give me any information on a puzzle that I came across. It is a 2 Picture Puzzle. These puzzles are so arranged that two persons can work them at the same time when sitting across the table from one another. The puzzle is like a book and when you open it up there are two puzzles. The cover is red and it has 2 Picture Puzzle. There are two men working on their board and two women (June Cleaver type) working on another board. I am est. by the picture 1950-60's. I only have one side of the 2 picture puzzle called Garden Flowers.

"DT"
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from Jim McW--21 July 2006:
SEE No. 1532, Page 96. We estimate these as circa late 1940's or 1950's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1706]from "JD"-25 July 2006:
I am looking for an old jigsaw puzzle called "Bubble Gum". Do you know where I might find one?

"JD"
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from Jim McW--27 July 2006:
We don't recognize it from the title. Can you give a description of the subject matter, picture, or manufacturer?
We did find this puzzle:
Gumball Machine
" Gumball Machine "
, 1500 pieces, 1996, by RAVENSBURGERTM,
There was also a SPRINGBOK puzzle of the same title, issued in 1974.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "JD"--29 July 2006:
...it was just a picture of nothing but various pieces of bubble gum .....
"JD"
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from Jim McW--30 July 2006:
We still don't find it. There has been the "Wacky Packages" of JAYMAR, at least one CEACO devoted to PEZ, a number of different puzzles devoted to chocolate or other candies (including "Sweet Your Heart Out" by CEACO, "Penny Candy" by Eaton, "Tootsie Roll" by the GREAT AMERICAN PUZZLE FACTORY, "Gumdrops" by SPRINGBOK), ice cream ("Memories on a Stick" by F.X. SCHMID), soft drinks (numerous COCA COLA and PEPSI puzzles), as well as many other kinds of collections (comics, games, matchbooks, beer cans, automobiles, dolls, toys, airplanes, etc.)
There was an AMBASSADOR puzzle entitled "By Gum", issued in 1983.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1707]from "JD"-31 July 2006:
I have a puzzle that was put together when I got it without a box.

It has no color and the theme is a man in a newsboy-type hat working a team of horses. It seems quite old and yellowed.

Can you tell me anything about old black and white puzzles? Were they so early that they didn't have color or were they just a cheaper type?

"JD"
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from Jim McW--31 July 2006:
It is difficult to answer your question (since we don't know the title of the puzzle, or more than a vague idea of the subject, nor the maker, nor even the material). Is it wooden or cardboard? Are the pieces interlocking or not?
However, it sounds similar to this puzzle:
Noon Time
" Noon Time ", by WHITMAN GOLD SEALTM
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "JD"--1 August 2006:
The puzzle is interlocking, cardboard and has no color. It is approx. 18x24 inches. The print reminds me of a penciled drawing.
unknown puzzle
man plowing
, title, maker, and artist unknown.
"JD"
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[1708]from "OR"-1 August 2006:
I just purchased two standup puzzles, one of a little girl playing dressup with a green hat, red dress, black purse, milk stole, green shoes. The other one is a little boy dressed in a green clown suit and he's holding a black scottie dog. They are called Personality Puzzles #180, made in Rochester, NY. I would like to know the date that these were made.

"OR"
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[1709]from "RA"-3 August 2006:
hi, I am...from India doing fashion designing. We have our thesis and I have chosen JIGSAW PUZZLES as my topic for the thesis.
I would be really obliged if you could tell me when was the first puzzle to come to India and, if possible, all about the introduction of jigsaw puzzles in India.
This information would be a great help in my thesis.
looking forward to your reply,
thanking you

"RA", from India
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from Jim McW--7 August 2006:
As fascinating as your questions are, we are completely ignorant of the puzzle industry in your country. We are trying to gather information about production and enjoyment of jigsaw puzzles in all countries of the world, but we have little or no information for India. This will be a good opportunity for you to do some original research, which we may well be quite willing to post here on our site for all the world!
Thanks,
Jim McW (in the U.S.A.!)
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[1710]from "FF"-15 August 2006:
Some additional information: I have now acquired two magnum 3000 puzzles which feature the same scene,from slightly different perspectives.The first is #4550-10,1988,titled Mount Rainier ,Washington. The second is # 4550-14,1990,titled Mt.Ranier National Park,Wa. this is the only example I know of in all the Milton Bradley lines, where a scene was duplicated. I am currently working a Magnum titled " Hillside near Lyle,WA. " This puzzle,like all the Magnum 3000 series,is a real challenge. The Big Milton Bradleys are gone now,and these big puzzles are a treasure .

"FF"
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[1711]from "ID"-19 August 2006:
I have a 1516 Saalfield 500 pc. puzzle entitled " Superman Springs into Action ".
Where would I go to find out more about it, or maybe you could help.
Thanks,

"ID"
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from Jim McW--21 August 2006:
We suspect there were two series of SUPERMAN puzzles made by SAALFIELD, perhaps in the 1940's or a bit later. We are aware of puzzle boxes with yellow and red background colors. In the set with yellow background, there seems to have been four titles:
Superman Saves the City (?)
Superman Stands Alone (?)
Superman Springs Into Action
Superman Saves a Life (?)
This series had about 500 pieces, was apparently no. 1516, and the assembled size was 16" x 20".
The set with red background included the title " Superman Saves the Streamliner " [and " Superman the Avenger " - added 22 January 2007] and had 300 pieces.
Can anyone add to this story?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "KV"--22 January 2007:

concerning the Superman puzzles, I own a 300 piece, Red Box, titled "Superman the Avenger". It is # 1505 and dated 1940 Saalfield, Ohio.
I am including photos for any updates to Q&A.
Superman the Avenger" Superman the Avenger ", SAALFIELD, 1940.
boxbox, " Superman the Avenger "
"KV"
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[1712]from "JM"-20 August 2006:
RE: No. 1296, Page 82
The show was a favorite of mine, though now dimly remembered, from the early '50's. There were a couple of Mountie shows about then that were, no doubt, inspired by the success of _Challenge of the Yukon_ with Sgt. Preston. As I recall Mountie West, for some reason, favored a bow and arrow and the show began with the sound of an arrow being fired, in flight and striking a target, which always sounded to me, as a child, very much like our rear screen door being opened and being pulled forcefully shut by the attached spring.
"JM"
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from Jim McW--23 August 2006:
We have been able to discover that the hero of the show was Jim West (Silver Eagle), and his sidekick was Joe Bideaux.
Can anyone add to this story?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1713]from "BMC"-20 August 2006:
I have a Series G Madmar Puzzle.
Can you tell me what year it was made?.................Thanks
"BMC"
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from Jim McW--23 August 2006:
You don't say whether the puzzle is cardboard or wooden, or if there is another series name (such as BLUE RIBBON or INTERLOX), or if you know the title of the puzzle. Can you give us a few more hints?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1714]from "VM"--5 August 2006:
RE: No. 443, Page 31
I am searching for information on this puzzle also. Mine is a reprint. Here is what is on the box:
Jig Saw Puzzle 500 interlocking pieces extra heavy board. Size of picture 16 x 20" - 18 subjects in this series. Made in USA No 4611 Copyright by Milton Bradley Co. Springfield Mass USA. When the puzzle is put together in the bottom right you can see the date 1843 (with a magnifing glass). I too am interested in the history of this puzzle.

Thanks, "VM"
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from Jim McW--5 August 2006:
We believe the 4611 series number indicates that this is a Croxley puzzle. We believe these were published from the 1940's or 1950's until the late 1990's (or later).
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "VM"--25 August 2006:
Mother's Treasures
" Mother's Treasures "
, MILTON BRADLEYTM
Dear Mr. McWhorter,

I have attached a scanned picture of the Mother's Treasures puzzle box..... Please let me know if you find out any information.

Thank you.

"VM"
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from Jim McW--26 August 2006:
We now suspect the 4611 series number does not indicate that this is a Croxley puzzle.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--3 September 2006:
We are informed that the series number 4611 meant (at least originally): "4" means the product is a puzzle; "6" indicates the last digit of the initial year of issue (1946 in this case); the last two digits are a sequence number, perhaps assigned at the inception of a new series?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1715]from "CH"--28 August 2006:
I have recently obtained two puzzles. On the very bottom of them it says Copywright 1933 King Features Syndicated. There is no type of box with them. The pieces were in box with a Jig of the Week puzzle. The pieces are very very thin. The characters are very Dagwoodish looking. I have been unable to find any information regarding these puzzles. Can you help?
Thanks

Take Care, "CH"
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from Jim McW--30 August 2006:
We believe that KING FEATURES SYNDICATE has been an important distributor of comic strips, cartoon series, etc., for a very long time. We believe that their copyright has appeared on several different lines of puzzles, including TOWER PRESS, JAYMAR, and probably other brands of puzzles. We have seen a puzzle, possibly from the 1930's or 1940's, from a series entitled, HAVE FUN WITH FUNNIES.
KING FEATURES seems to have distributed many extremely popular comic strips, such as HENRY, PRINCE VALIANT, FELIX THE CAT, THE LITTLE KING, FLASH GORDON, THE KATZENJAMMER KIDS, BRINGING UP FATHER, BLONDIE, TILLIE THE TOILER, THE PHANTOM, BEETLE BAILEY, BUZ SAWYER, STEVE CANYON, and many, many others.
See also no. 1354, Page 85.
Can anyone add more information on this topic? Know any other lines of puzzles featuring KING FEATURES cartoons?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "CH"--2 September 2006:
title not known
scene at dance?
, KING FEATURESTM
title not known
scene at grand dinner
, KING FEATURESTM
Here are pictures of the 2 King Features sydicated puzzles that I have.
Thanks for your help, I appreciate your posting it to your site.

Take Care,
"CH"
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from Jim McW--2 September 2006:
We note that the "Dagwood-like" puzzle has the words "Forbes Boston" in the lower right corner. The other puzzle seems to depict a grand dinner. The man on the left bears some resemblance to Napoleon Bonaparte.
Anyone recognize these?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Anne Williams -- 4 February 2009:
These were free puzzles inserted into the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1930s. The one IS Dagwood.
A similar puzzle of Joe Palooka is shown in my 1990 book.
There were at least 4 different puzzles.
Anne Williams, puzzles@bates.edu
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[1716]from "PRT"--31 August 2006:
I have two Whitman Deluxe Guild Puzzles (In round cans)
They are: 340-202 Alaska Fishing Fleet and 340-203 Taxco Silver Shop
Could you tell me what year these were made?
Thanks!
"PRT"
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from Jim McW--2 September 2006:
We believe that these were probably issued in approximately 1955-1970.
Does anyone have more exact information?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1717]from "TK"--1 September 2006:
title not known
humorous aircraft scene
, title not known, SCANDECORTM
title not known
humorous siege scene
, title not known, SCANDECORTM
Here are two photos of Scandecor puzzles that have been in the family since the 70s. I have been looking for another in the series we used to have that was also 1000 piece, 50 by 70 cm. It was of railroad trains in a similarly humorous vein.....
Thanks for the cool web-site, very helpful.
"TK"
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from Jim McW--2 September 2006:
See other references to SCANDECOR in no. 1184, Page 76, and no. 1101, Page 72.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1718]from "RM"--1 September 2006:
I am looking for a puzzle about two elderly people and a youngster at a dining room table saying grace.
This is one of Norman Rockwell's pictures that was made into a puzzle, and I sure would like to have one. Thank you very much.
"RM"
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from Jim McW--30 August 2006:
See no. 685, Page 48. Sorry, we don't have one. Thanks, Jim McW
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[1719]from "GB"--3 September 2006:
Hi there
I have recently acquired a Van Haasteren puzzle called "The Bandstand", it appears that this puzzle has much less content and images than the more modern Van Haasterens that I own. Could you please tell me if this puzzle is still available to buy in the shops, and possibly is it an early Van Haasteren? . I would appreciate any info that you might have on this subject. Thanks in anticipation
Regards
"GB"
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from Jim McW--3 September 2006:
We are only aware of puzzles by this artist being issued by JUMBO (Netherlands) and W.H. SMITH (U.K.).
Does anyone know of other issues? Thanks, Jim McW
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[1720]from "CF"--7 September 2006:
I Have Come Across A Jaymar Michael Myerberg's Tiny Tots Hansel and Gretel ( In The Strawberry Patch ) Puzzle. It Is Red Backed And Has A Dog,Hat,Shoe,Car Piece Included. The Puzzle Is In Almost Perfect Condition, There Is No Date , Maybe You Can Help Me With This ?. I Have Included A Picture. Sincerely,
"CF"
Hansel and Gretel" Hansel and Gretel ", JAYMAR TINY TOTSTM, no. 8056-29
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from Jim McW--3 September 2006:
We believe the film was released in 1954, and that the puzzle must have been issued in the late 1950's or early 1960's. See No. 1556, Page 97. Thanks, Jim McW
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[1721]from "MR"--12 September 2006:
I have [been]looking for [information on?] - THE LIEUTENANT # 7046 SAALFIELD AUTHORIZED EDITION GARY LOCKWOOD- SAALFIELD PUBLISHING CO. COPYRIGHT 1964. TV SERIES WAS IN 1963.
I [picked] it up at a garage sale. THANKS
"MR"
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[1722]from "GA"--13 September 2006:
I have a round Star Puzzle of JFK and am trying to find information about it, however cannot find anything on the web. Do you have any suggestions.... Please advise. Thanks!
"GA"
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from Jim McW--15 September 2006:
You should have used our SEARCH page! See OTHER PUZZLES. Thanks, Jim McW
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