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[1804]from "AB"--18 March 2007:
Please can you help me. Perhaps this question is rather more about the box, than the puzzle.

I have two Waddington's jig-saw puzzles packed in milk carton style boxes with a 'Satona Container' patent. The red carton appears much older than the second, green, one. I cannot identify or date this series. On the older red carton there is no design name at all of the picture on the puzzle. On the green carton it says design 184 but no name to the picture.

I wondered if you could tell me about this series, the packaging and the dates. [pictures below]

Thank you so much for your time and any help you can give me... best wishes,
"AB"
boats in villageboats in village, title not known, no. 184, WADDINGTONSTM
coaching scenecoaching scene, title not known, WADDINGTONSTM
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from Keith--20 March 2007:
These were manufactured by Satona Limited at Waddington's Printing Works , Wakefield Road, Leeds 10, just one of the many printing interests owned by Waddington's. They were indeed intended to be used as milk cartons, glass was in short supply during wartime and in the years just after. Many of the Waddingtons Jigsaw Puzzles did not have titles during this period but had a design number, so were all untitled. Below are pictures of another, similar puzzle.
Keith
boxbox, village water scene, title not known, WADDINGTONSTM
village water scenevillage water scene, title not known, WADDINGTONSTM
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from Jim McW--21 March 2007:
We are still trying to narrow down the time of issue, but I think it likely these were issued in the 1940's.
Jim McW
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[1805]from "PSB"--18 March 2007:
I have a Jaymar heavy board jigsaw puzzle for tiny tots... (not the Mickey Mouse Club version) Series 2900, Title "Toyland".....it does not give the # of pieces, but every piece "locks"...we would like to know the age and history of this puzzle.
"PSB"
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from Jim McW--20 March 2007:
We're not familiar with this particular puzzle, but all the TINY TOTS puzzles were issued circa 1940's to early 1960's, as far as we know. See no. 1720, Page 105, for a picture of one TINY TOTS puzzle.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1806]from "RM"--27 March 2007:
We have an unlisted Big Ben puzzle from the 40's-50's titled "Saying Grace". Is there any info on this puzzle? Where do you find info on this type of puzzle?
"RM"
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from Jim McW--28 March 2007:
Our listing of BIG BEN puzzle titles is very incomplete. We will add this title to the list. We're not familiar with that particular BIG BEN puzzle, but it may be based on one of the pictures used in these three puzzles:
Saying Grace" Saying Grace ", PERFECT PICTURE PUZZLE
Saying Grace" Saying Grace ", TUCO, 1950's
prayerboy and couple praying, [ unknown title ], PARKER TM.

See our Big Ben pages for a little help with approximate dating by box style. See still more at PerfectPicturePuzzle.com
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1807]from "Z28"--28 March 2007:
COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHY STRAUS' WOOD PUZZLES STATE "OVER 500 PIECES" ?? FIVE OF THE ONES I OWN, HAVE EXACTLY 500 PIECES.
I HAVE 10 MORE TO COUNT IF I'M TO SELL THEM ON-LINE. CUSTOMERS ARE ASKING ME THIS QUESTION.
THANKS,
"Z28"
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from Jim McW--29 March 2007:
We certainly don't consider ourselves experts on STRAUS puzzles.
In any case, you can see our entries on our FAQ page, concerning counting pieces to determine completeness.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1808]from "D1"--1 April 2007:
Hi--

I haven't found anything on your site about round puzzles made by Whitman Guild, even in the Comprehensive List. Was the Whitman Guild name still being used after the end of your list? The puzzle I have says Round Guild Scenic America Jigsaw Puzzle, 650 pieces, 23", and only the border is fully interlocking. The stock number is 4666, and the picture is called Mount Vernon. Are you aware of this series? If so, do you know when they were made? Thanks for any info you may have.

"D1"
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from Jim McW--2 April 2007:
The Comprehensive List of Whitman Guild puzzles does say that it covers only the approximate period 1938-1962. We believe that WHITMAN GUILDTM puzzles were being made at least into the 1990's. We have seen the puzzle you describe, and we believe it was probably issued in the 1960's or 1970's.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1809]from "JH"--1 April 2007:
Hi,
I thought I saw a Wysocki puzzle with Santa Claus in the lower right hand corner. I thought I remembered the name as "Here Comes Santa Claus." Now I can't locate it. Do you know of any puzzle like this? Thanks. JH
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from Jim McW--8 April 2007:
There's a CEACO puzzle with a name similar to that, but the artwork is by Jane Wooster Scott. I don't think that's the one you're thinking about, anyway.
You may be thinking of
Churchyard Christmas"Churchyard Christmas", 1990.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1810]from "CS"--11 April 2007:
Hello,

Could you identify this for me? I was told it was in a friends grandmothers house and she used them to protect the floor from table legs. It is soft and light like wood.

Thank you,
"CS"
floor protectorfloor protector [? - showing swastika]
floor protectorfloor protector [? - other side - US nickel for size comparison ]
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from Jim McW--15 April 2007:
We normally reserve these pages for questions about jigsaw puzzles or art which pertains to jigsaw puzzles, but, well, this looks a little like a token and we also like coins and tokens, we have received this inquiry, it does present a puzzle, and... well, maybe someone out there knows something about old floor protectors. That is what we think these were designed for, although, of course, they might have been converted to that use from some other, original purpose. We suspect, somehow, that these pre-date the Second World War, at least, and perhaps even the First World War. Does anyone have an answer for us (or even a lead)?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1811]from "RS"--14 April 2007:
I am searching for a jigsaw puzzle I got from Santa years ago...probably around 1980 or so. It featured cartoon characters (people and animals) with an irregular border and came with a sort-of "clue sheet". This sheet would give hints on how the pieces would fit together, like "why is this dog in my lap?" and the pieces would be of a dog in someone's lap (duh) or something like that. I don't remember the name or the maker, but I do remember that it came in a few different themes. Any clue?
"RS"
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from Jim McW--15 April 2007:
Does anyone recognize the puzzle described?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "G31"--31 May 2007:
Sounds Like Jumble Fits by Cadaco....
Cluster puzzle" Cluster puzzle ", CADACO-ELLISTM
"G31"
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from Jim McW--31 May 2007:
I think you've got it!
See more on these great, old puzzles in no. 1046, Page 68. Here's a picture of a similar puzzle from our own collection:
Cluster puzzle" Cluster puzzle ", CADACO-ELLISTM
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1812]from "KL"--15 April 2007:
RE: Ravensburger 4 World Maps 18000 pc jigsaw
Hi. I want to buy this puzzle and build each map on it's own mounting board and frame them separately. The online buying sites list the size as 276x192 cm. I assume this is for all 4 maps put together. Can anyone tell me the exact measurements of each individual map?

Thanks
"KL"
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from Jim McW--15 April 2007:
We have assumed that the four sections are of equal proportions, but we cannot say so with certainty. See a photo sent in by "JO" on our Record-Breaking Puzzles page. They all four look the same size, anyway. Does anyone know the exact dimensions for each section?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1813]from "DF"--15 April 2007:
Hello,

I have three in a series of 6 V.I.P. Puzzles produced by Western Publishing under the name of Whitman. I have researched these puzzles for their availabilty and any other historical information I can possibly find on these. I did a search and [found very little]. If anyone knows anything about these puzzles please [let me know]. The [series number] on all three puzzles I own is 4658 and were produced by Whitman in 1982. They are titled simply V.I.P. as an acronym for several things. All are hexagonal in shape and have hexagonal pieces. They come in six varying degrees of difficulty, so six different puzzles. Thank you for any info that you can find.

Sincerely,
"DF"
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from Jim McW--15 April 2007:
This is the little that we do know. The six titles were:
Autumn Leaves
On the Seashore
Vegetable Montage
Circle of Trees
Sky Lights
Sand Dunes

They were described as progressively more challenging, with " Autumn Leaves " being the least difficult and "Sand Dunes " the most difficult.
Sand Dunes" Sand Dunes ", WHITMAN V.I.P.TM

The picture is on a hexagonal board into which the hexagonal pieces fit.

We have " On the Seashore " in our own collection, although its box is in somewhat bad shape.

The " V.I.P. " is variously described on the box as:
Virtually Impossible Puzzle
Very Interchangeable Pieces
Vastly Infuriating Puzzle
Venture Into Perplexity
Very Intimidating Puzzle
Virtually Insufferable Poser
Voyage Into Pandemonium
Very Irritating Puzzle

Thanks, Jim McW
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[1814]from "FS"--18 April 2007:
I own a beautiful Whitman Crown Guild series puzzle, copyright 1975 "French Cafe," and there are four pieces missing. I thought of just purchasing an additional puzzle, because I am a fanatic. Then another thought zig-zagged through my mind, to frame the work of art. Thus, I wish to obtain a poster/print of that fine work of art, the "French Cafe" would be wonderful eye candy. If you could so kindly email me back a solution, whether it be a name of the actual artist, a web site, or any other miscellaneous bit of information on how I may get my hands on a poster/print of the "French Cafe" scene. It would be most appreciated. Thank you oh so very much.
"FS"
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from Jim McW--18 April 2007:
Here's a picture of this puzzle: French Cafe"French Cafe", WHITMAN CROWN GUILDTM
Does anyone know the artist, or a source for a print of this picture?

Thanks, Jim McW
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[1815]from "KD"--18 April 2007:
I have a "Tru-Loc" Religious Puzzle. The picture is Sallman's Christ and the children. Apparently this was part of a series of Sallman's Masterpiece pictures of Christ. There is no number on the box, just that it is a Warner Press product. There are 600 pieces. I can't seem to find any info about it. Can you help? KD, Nebraska
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from Jim McW--18 April 2007:
We're not sure about the Tru-Loc designation, but we have seen a list of Warner Press puzzles which describes them as "Sta-Tru", including the following puzzles:

V3600 - Girl in Flower Garden
V3601 - Boy Looking at Stars
V3602 - Jesus and the Children of the World
V3603 - The Birth of Jesus
V3604 - The Boy Paul
V3605 - The Nobleman and His Son
V3606 - Joseph's Beautiful Coat
V3607 - Jesus Healing the Sick

We suspect these date from the 1930's and 1940's, but Anne Williams seems to suggest circa 1960.

Thanks, Jim McW
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[1816]from "BR"--19 April 2007:
Hello,

I found this puzzle and got it for my children and I would like to know if you know from when this puzzle dates. It was a little too hard for the kids but I found it very interesting.

I can find no copyright in the box and the only number on the box is 7118. Please advise.

Thank you.
"BR"
The New Home" The New Home ", SAALFIELD JUNIORTM The New Home" The New Home ", box
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from Jim McW--18 April 2007:
We believe SAALFIELD was publishing jigsaw puzzles from the 1930's to the 1970's, but we would guess the late 1940's or 1950's for this little puzzle.

Thanks, Jim McW
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[1817]from "JP"--26 April 2007:
I have a 750 pieces :Teile jigsaw puzzle made by Arrow Games Ltd. No. 5615. It is called ‘The Lakeside’ and looks like a European Alp scene. Size is 64 x 42.5cm. Box and pieces appear quite old. Do you know the location of the scene?

Regards
"JP"
The Lakeside" The Lakeside ", ARROW GAMES LTD.TM
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from Jim McW--27 April 2007:
We think you're right about the Alps. We note signs on the buildings in Italian, so we would guess northern Italy. Does anyone recognize this locale?

Thanks, Jim McW
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[1818]from "PS"--6 May 2007:
I recently purchased 4 Jiggety Jig puzzles at a garage sale and have found 2 of them on your web site. I have not, however, found the other two anywhere and was wondering if you could give me a little info. I didn't find...

"Sunshine and Shadows" by R. Weber
"Santa Inez Valley" Series V No. 6 (there is no name on this one)

How do I get a picture of them etc...

Thank you for your time.
"PS"
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from Jim McW--7 May 2007:
I'm not sure what you're asking. You don't list the two you say you found on our JIGGETY JIG page. However, you do list " Santa Inez Valley ", which is listed and illustrated on that page. If you can send us a photo of the box of " Sunshine and Shadows ", we may be able to help you with that one. Try showing the side which bears the title of the picture and the series title, if any.

Thanks, Jim McW
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[1819]from "LH"--1 May 2007:
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy and appreciate your website.

I first found your website as I began collecting "vintage" Charles Wysocki 1000pc puzzles. I am now looking at vintage children's frame-tray puzzles, and I have no doubt your website will foster my interest in seeking out many other types of vintage puzzles.

Your website has become a very valuable reference for me, and I greatly appreciate all the work you've put into it.

Kudos! And please keep up the good work.

Sincerely,

"LH"
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from Jim McW--7 May 2007:
Thanks so much for these kind words - Jim McW
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[1820]from "N7"--7 May 2007:
Hi!

Huge fan of your site.

I've recently found a puzzle that I'd like to identify its maker.

The only thing on the box is MUSEUM ART JIGSAW PUZZLE, then in a box next that is PRICE $3.00. The box size is about 10 x 11 inches.

The litho is a painting of a young girl and a younger child.

I did not see any writing on the puzzle which complete is about 16" square.

The pieces are about 1", thick with cardboard brown backs.

No other writing at all that I have found other than words above.

I'm just curious...I like it a lot and have been wondering about it. It was in a local hospital's play room.

Here's photos of box and puzzle. Any info appreciated...thanks.

"N7"

Museum Art boxchildren, title, artist not known Museum Art puzzlebox, MUSEUM ARTTM
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from Jim Cicotti--10 May 2007:
Jim,
In response to query #1820, the picture is The Calmady Children by Sir Thomas Lawrence.
I'm not sure who the "maker" is of the particular box in question but I do know this picture was available at least in TUCO and Perfect Picture Puzzle, that I'm aware of, and probably others, as well.
Jim from www.PerfectPicturePuzzle.com
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from Jim McW--11 May 2007:
I thought the picture looked familiar! You are certainly right, and here's a picture from our files: The Calmady Children" The Calmady Children ", TUCO, circa 1940's.

There's other versions, as you say. We have one report of a round puzzle with this picture, made in the 1960's, under the brand or series, BUCKINGHAM. Anne Williams lists BUCKINGHAM as a MILTON BRADLEY series for the 1930's and 1960's.

Thanks, Jim McW
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from "N7"--11 May 2007:
to Jim Cicotti and Jim McW.

WOW that was fast. KUDOS! Really appreciate learning the artist's name and title of the painting.

THANK YOU!
"N7"
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[1821]from "RY"--11 May 2007:
I have been enlisted to find out about a Whitman Deluxe Guild "Golden Harvest" puzzle in a cardboard can. Can you give me Info about the year of production of this puzzle? The company or artist information? .... Thank You

"RY"
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from Jim McW--13 May 2007:
This title is listed on Chris McCann's "Comprehsive List of Titles by Brand Name", Page 16. We gather this title was issued in the 1950's.
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[1822]from "CP"--11 May 2007:
Hello,

I have searched your site for information on a boxed (3) puzzle set that I picked up at yard sale. I don't know anything about puzzles but I thought they were adorable. They are dated 1958 and are 3 individual puzzles of children....smelling flowers, baking a cake and in a school room. They are numbered 4711:100, Whitman Publishing Co. They are in almost new condition with the exception of the box which shows some wear. Can you tell me anything more about these puzzles? Do they have a value? Are they rare?

[Below are] photos. Any info you can give to me would be appreciated.

Thank you.

"CP"

3 Frame-Tray Puzzles" 3 Frame-Tray Puzzles ", WHITMANTM boy and girl" boy and girl " birthday cakebirthday cake girl among the flowersgirl among the flowers signaturesignature
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from Jim McW--13 May 2007:
We suspect the set is not rare. However, the artist's signature is very distinctive. Unfortunately, I don't recognize it.
Does anyone have any additional information about this puzzle, series or artist?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1823]from Jim McW--13 May 2007:
Some considerable time ago, one of our nicest correspondents, "NCG", sent us a picture of a puzzle recently assembled (wooden, we believe). We are just now finding the time to post it for your enjoyment.: Winter on the Farm" Winter on the Farm "
Thanks for sharing it with us, Jim McW
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[1824]from "LP"--1 May 2007:
hi.. I found this old alphabet puzzle... can you tell me anything about them? age? value?

thanks,

"LP" alphabet puzzle
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from Jim McW--13 May 2007:
See no. 1342, Page 84, for comments and information about this type of puzzle.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1825]from "LH"--21 March 2007:
How can I determine the name and location of the building shown on Dolgencorp, Inc, #5003, Scenic Scape Series? It's a very large and ornate building with a statue of a chariot pulled by two lions in the middle of a fountain.

Thanks

"LH"
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from Jim McW--22 May 2007:
See our Other puzzles page, in the GPC section for another puzzle from a SCENIC SCAPES SERIES. It may be the same series.
Does anyone know more about this puzzle company or this series?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1826]from "T20"--20 May 2007:
Today I went to an Estate sale and picked up a Puzzle for 50 cents all pieces intact but it's opened. It was Guild-Square can 340-202 Grand Tetons #2. What year was it made....?
Thanks
"T20"
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from Jim McW--2 June 2007:
We would say the 1950's or 1960's, and lean toward the early to mid-1960's.
Thanks, Jim McW
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