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[1827]from "MMA"--21 May 2007:
What can you tell me about this puzzle, as I know nothing about puzzles. However, I'm reading all info on your website (love it).... The box didn't really tell me much other than the name. Thanks.

The pieces are nearly a quarter of an inch thick and it looks to be around 50 pieces (haven't actually counted them.)

It depicts a young boy sitting upon a rock holding an old tin airplane looking up into the sky at an airplane flying overhead---probably dreaming of the day that he will once be the captain of his own airplane.

The coloring is done in soft pastels and is oh-so-sweet.

It would look absolutely darling framed.

The box it came in reads: Tiz-A-Teezer Picture Puzzle. Peanuts Treasures. Stoughton Studio Works, Stoughton, MA. I do not know if this is the original box.

It measures: 5 7/8 Wide x 7 3/8" Long.

Now here is the most interesting part of all-------

in the lower left hand side it is signed: Louis R. Dougherty
"MMA"
Tiz-A-Teezerboy dreaming of airplanes, title not known. boxbox
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from Jim McW--28 May 2007:
We believe these were wooden puzzles, made and sold back in the 1930's.
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[1828]from "CB"--23 May 2007:
dear puzzle history, I am trying to get some history on a puzzle I have. I searched your website as well as the net and can't find anything. It's a currier & ives print called " low water on the mississippi". Both the net and your site state that the Whitman puzzle co. did most of currier & ives puzzles, but mine is a Jaymar. There are no dates on the box and it's not a part of any collection of puzzles that jaymar put out. There ia a model or series number on the box that is 5000-3. I've found tons of info on currier and ives- nothing on this print other than it seems to be popular on china and dishes. Any info would be helpful thank you
"CB"
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from Jim McW--28 May 2007:
We have reason to believe that JAYMAR issued at least three series of puzzles based on Currier & Ives prints. We would guess the 1960's or 1970's as the approximate era. Here's the titles we know of:
A Brush For the Lead
Life in the Woods
The Life of a Firefighter
Life of a Fireman
Preparing for Market
Winter Pastime
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[1829]from "DD"--23 May 2007:
Hi there. I recently purchased a folding table at an auction and was startled to see that it was by Milton Bradley and dated 1893! It has a grid pattern to the wood on top and thought maybe it was for doing puzzles on. Ever heard of this item? I suppose it could also be a table tennis table because of it's large size (it's about as big as a door). Any help you could give me would be appreciated. Thanks so much for your time.
"DD"
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from Jim McW--28 May 2007:
This is very intriguing.
Can anyone shed light on this rare piece?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1830]from "HPC"--26 May 2007:
Hi

I love your site. I have been able to find so many puzzles and history on them then ever before. I have a Tuco Elite no 1500:3. I just want to know what year I couldn't find anything on it. Also I have 2 Jaymar round puzzles: Zodiac and Time thru the ages. Do you know anything about them too.

Thanks
"HPC"
Time Thru the Ages" Time Thru the Ages ", JAYMARTM
Zodiac" Zodiac ", JAYMARTM
The Gay Philosopher Set for Life" The Gay Philosopher Set for Life ", TUCO ELITETM
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from Jim McW--28 May 2007:
See our TUCO and JAYMAR sections for some discussion. In short, I think probably 1960's or 1970's for the JAYMAR puzzles, and late 1950's for the TUCO.
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[1831]from "Puzzled for Good"--26 May 2007:
Hometown Collection

Where, oh where, is the cat in "San Francisco"?

This is a wonderful website and gives validity to our hobby, or more accurately, obsession with jigsaw puzzles! Thank you.

"Puzzled for Good"
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from Jim McW--30 May 2007:
It's always pleasant to receive this kind of positive reinforcement!
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[1832]from "JG"--29 May 2007:
Dear Sirs;

An easy question for you. My wife would like the date of a puzzle she has. It is El Capitan , 304 pieces No. 4425:29, series 108, made by Whitman. the one on your site has a red box this one is green.

Thank you for your time and trouble.
Kind regards,

"JG"
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from Jim McW--30 May 2007:
We suppose you are referring to Page 12 of our Comprehensive List of Whitman Titles (courtesy of Chris McCann). The puzzle boxes came in different colors. We think these date to the 1950's or so. See more on our WHITMAN GUILD page.
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[1833]from "SD"--1 June 2007:
Hometown Collection seashore no.09200. Is this a Heronim Wysocki puzzle?
Thanks

"SD"
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[1834]from "FH"--9 June 2007:
Hello, I really like your site. I have a Tuco puzzle in a small orange box about 6 and a quarter by 8 and a half inches, I didn't measure the puzzle size but it is a beautiful complete puzzle of a mountain stream and waterfalls, with a small tent and smoke rising from a campfire. Many of the pieces are almost square and the backs are light tan. The box is completely plain orange with a small glued-on paper label about the box being factory sealed etc., on the grey bottom of the box. Below this label is the "To puzzle lovers everywhere" information printed on the box bottom, including an offer of the puzzle picture suitable for framing for 15 cents. I'm interested in any information.... Are Tuco's earliest puzzles among those that were done without looking at a picture? So far I haven't found any specific number on the box to identify the puzzle. Thanks,

"FH"
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from Jim McW--10 June 2007:
What you are describing sounds like a TUCO puzzle from the early 1930's, all right. At first, we thought the picture sounded like " Mountain Moonlight ", but that title didn't seem to fit the box you were describing. We have received your picture, and we can now recognize the picture as
A Mountain Campfire" A Mountain Campfire ", which only occurs in LG 10, so far as we can find. There were no series numbers on the early TUCO puzzles. The series numbers have been assigned in recent years by Chris McCann. Thanks, Jim McW
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[1835]from "SA"--11 June 2007:
I'm ____________. I'm looking for a puzzle of Longwood, Natchez, MS

My brother visited it in 1993. He loved it. He likes old homes. He lives in ______, MI in an old home.

He is dying of pancreatic cancer that has already spread to his liver. His cancer doctor says he doesn't have many months to live.

He asked me at chemo last Friday if I knew of a place where I could get a puzzle of Longwood. He said his friend bought him one from a garage sale a few years ago but some pieces were missing.

I contacted Nancy B. in Lebanon, MO thinking she would know where I could get one. She e-mailed me back saying she didn't.

Do you know if I could find one anywhere?

"SA"
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from Jim McW--12 June 2007:
Someone sent us this photo two or three years ago.
Longwood, Natchez, MS" Longwood, Natchez, MS ", MILTON BRADLEY BIG BENTM

I think it's a picture of a puzzle that also had missing pieces. We think this puzzle dates to about 1986. The only thing I can suggest is to look on internet auction sites.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1836]from "CL"--13 June 2007:
RE: No. 1180, Page 75
Hi. I've just been looking for info on Victory Popular Series jigsaws and found the answer to a question on your site. In it Keith says that Series 6 started in 1942 and cost 10/- (ten shillings) at the time. I have a P6 puzzle on the label of which is printed 5/- (five shillings). I assume this means it is actually earlier than 1942. Any thoughts on this? Thanks.

"CL"
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from Jim McW--14 June 2007:
We consulted Brian Price's "Victory Jigsaw Puzzles", and we can find no confirmation that any Popular Series P6 Victory puzzle had a printed price of 5/ on the container. If you can obtain and send us pictures of your puzzle's container and label, we may be able to pursue this further.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "CL"--18 June 2007:
I'm attaching two photos, one of the lid of the puzzle's box and one of its label.
Thanks again. "CL"
cottage - unknown titlecottage, title not known.
labellabel
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[1837]from "NR"--14 June 2007:
There was an inquiry (No. 934, Page 62) wondering if Charles Freitag made a Restoration I print, since they owned the Restoration II print. The Restoration I print can be found at oldgloryprints.com. This is the only site, so far, where I have seen it.
"NR"
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[1838]from "AK"--11 June 2007:
Thank you for your wonderful "PUZZLE HISTORY". I am a senior and recently renewed my love of puzzles, my latest pastime is to shop the thrift stores and buy old puzzles. Although I like all the pieces to be there, it is still a great pleasure to put them together and check what is missing. After doing many new puzzles it got very boring and I got very tired of scenery and flowers. Now I enjoy the old, and enjoy looking at all the information on the internet about my puzzles.
Here are 4 pictures of my favorites.........
"AK"
Decisions, Decisions" Decisions, Decisions ", EATONTM, 1980.
The Star" The Star ", BATTLE ROAD PRESSTM, 1984.
The Way of the Cat" The Way of the Cat ", SPRINGBOKTM, 1975.
Autumn Harvest" Autumn Harvest ", EATONTM, 1976.
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from Jim McW--18 June 2007:
Thanks for the comments and the nice pictures!
Jim McW
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[1839]from "CJP"--15 June 2007:
Re: " Lost in the Woods ", BEPUZZLED Mystery Puzzle
Do you folks, by any chance, have a picture of this puzzle.

I have a relative in a Geriatric Care Center and they are trying to put this puzzle together for weeks now and without any success. If they had a picture to go by might help these dear folks.

Thank You.
"CJP"
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from Jim McW--19 June 2007:
Does anyone have a picture of this puzzle or, at least, of the box? Any clues, hints, or helps?
Jim McW
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from "AH"--19 June 2007:
I did a little searching and this is all I could come up with. I don't know if it is what you are looking for, but I hope it helps.
Lost in the Woods" Lost in the Woods ", BEPUZZLEDTM

Regards,
"AH"
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from Jim McW--20 June 2007:
Well, good grief, they picked a puzzle, didn't they!
Are there any super-puzzle-sleuths out there, who have had the valor to assemble one of these? As we understand it, there are 750 pieces in the puzzle, PLUS five extra pieces, which don't fit in the finished puzzle, at all! On top of that, the edge pieces are all designed to look like interior pieces! The box says, "Find the five golf balls to "get out of the woods".
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "BH"-- 27 May 2008:
Is anyone still looking for answers to these questions? I did this puzzle about 12 years ago. I glued it together because I knew I would never do it again. It has been hanging in my garage as a decoration. If you want a picture of it, let me know. It took me about 35 hours to put it together. The "hidden balls" are not balls, but dimples at 5 various places in the puzzle. They are not really discernable, if at all, and I am still not sure of any of them but 1. My 5 pieces do fit together in a row, but do not fit to the puzzle. The box picture is 1/4 of the puzzle. I solved it by building the club heads, and after getting the club heads built, the easier it was to know the sides of the puzzle and I found my way out of the woods.
"BH"
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[1840]from "AH"--15 June 2007:
I lost these two puzzles to a flood and was wondering if anyone could tell me where I might be able to replace them.
Fairies of the Glen & The Visitor They were produced by Bits & Pieces in 1996. The first one is "Fairies of the Glen" and the second one is "The Visitor" both by artist Michael Humphries. Both are 500 piece round puzzles. I would really appreciate any help in locating these puzzles.

Thanks,
"AH"
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[1841]from "D.L."--15 June 2007:
I have two pastime puzzles in my possession that are not featured on your site or any where else I have looked online. They are called "When Saftey Spells Success" and "Crossing the Line". I have pictures of them both [below]. I know nothing about the puzzles and would appreciate it very much if you could tell me something about them.
"D.L."
Crossing the Line" Crossing the Line ", PARKER PASTIMETM
When Safety Spells Success" When Safety Spells Success ", PARKER PASTIMETM
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from Jim McW--19 June 2007:
There is no complete listing of the many puzzles issued in the PARKER PASTIME line during the long period they were produced (c. 1909-1950's), although you will see, if you peruse our PARKER page, that Anne Williams is working on a compilation of titles and dates. We are grateful to you for sending these photos. We do not have these titles in our own database.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1842]from "DR"--21 June 2007:
hi!

love your website! thanks for all your work!

I have a puzzle I found in our attic. It is a built-rite sta-n-place inlaid puzzle. There is no title. The photo is of a cowboy in a blue, white and red fringed suit on a palamino. The only identification on the puzzle is that is it "No 60". I have searched high and low and cannot find a name for this puzzle or a year of production. Is there a book that would have the list of all puzzles produced by a certain manufacturer that I could look at?
Thank you so much for your time.
"DR"
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from Jim McW--22 June 2007:
There is no complete listing of BUILT-RITE puzzles that we know of. We suspect that "no. 60" was a series that included quite a few different puzzles. There very well may not have been a title.
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[1843]from "V24"--24 June 2007:
I am looking for the Jane Wooster Scott puzzle Footprints in the Sand. If anyone knows where I could purchase one, I would be so grateful, I have managed to find the other ones in that series, but am having difficulty locating this particular one. It was number 2 in the Keepsake Tin Series. Thank you so much for any and all clues to where I could find this puzzle. Sincerely
"V24"
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from Jim McW--24 June 2007:
We're not sure which series that puzzle was in, the CEACOTM series, which we think ran through most of the 1990's, or the MATTELTM series, which began in about 2000, so far as we know.
In either case, the puzzle probably will only be available on the secondary market, unless it was published in the last year or so. Try looking through the on-line puzzle stores on our LINKS page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1844]from "FH"--26 June 2007:
Hello, I got a really nice answer from you last week and I already have another question. I was very surprised to find these pieces in a puzzle which I had already identified here as Forest Fire, Whitman Guild, No. 2900, Series AA, (#2 maybe?). In your glossary section I found that these are called "whimsies." Would each copy of "Forest Fire" have these the same? You can see little cut-marks on them, as the back of the car shows. Did a machine make these pieces? There is a car, a ship, a church, and I think a whale. Also some other birds and animals but they are less distinct. Well I'm completely fascinated. Thanks for any information,
"FH"
car figuralcar figural, "Forest Fire", WHITMAN GUILDTM
other figuralsother figurals
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from Jim McW--27 June 2007:
Keep in mind that we have never been in a jigsaw puzzle factory, so we speak not as experts. From what we know, die-cut cardboard puzzles may be cut with a single die, or with two separate dies, with the blades running "across" on one and "vertically" on the other. Also, parts of dies can break. Anyone who has been collecting puzzles for a while has probably come across a puzzle with a piece which consists of two pieces which were not completely cut. In the first picture, a part of die blade may have broken off, causing the "cut-mark".
You refer to "whimsies", which is one of the terms used for pieces cut in recognizable shapes. They are also called figurals. They may be quite simple, such as a star, a letter, a boat, or quite complicated, such as some of the fantastic figurals one can see in the best hand-cut wooden puzzles, such as PARTM. You can do a search of our site for figurals or whimsies and see some pictures and more information. For instance, you can see pictures of whimsies in two wooden puzzles on our SALE Page 4 page.
As for the pieces, figural or otherwise, being the same in different copies of the same issue, don't count too heavily on this. The shape would often be the same, but that can change; and the register very often is different on different puzzles. In other words, the position and orientation of the picture to the die can change from one puzzle to the next. That's why pieces often are not interchangeable between puzzles of the same issue.
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[1845]from "RM"--28 June 2007:
My family has inherited a lot of old, vintage puzzles and I'm not quite sure what to do with them after I put them together of course. I'm also unsure as to how to date them. The oldest one and the one I'm having the most trouble figuring out how old it is..., is a No 3051 Whitman Publishing Co, Adult Jig Picture Puzzle size 10 x 13 1/2, 200 pices on heavy board, subject Lake in the Mountains. Can you help me at the very least put a date on this...? It was owned by my husband's great-grandfather who passed away in the mid-1960s. He also created a lot of his own puzzles. Thank you.
"RM"
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from Jim McW--5 July 2007:
You can go to our WHITMAN page to see an example of an ADULT JIG puzzle, and an approximate dating of the 1930's. Chris McCann identifies this as one of the depression-era puzzle series issued by WHITMAN.
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[1846]from "LBE"--28 June 2007:

Re: no. 1482, Page 93 (TUCO, "Midst Cool and Silence")
The artist is: A. Arneyger

I have a print also - #4166
"LBE"
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from Jim McW--9 July 2007:
We're not sure whether the correct spelling is Arnegger or Arneyger. TUCO titles by this artist may include:
Beautiful Villa
Gorgeous Autumn
Lilac Time
Mediterranean Villa
Midst Cool and Silence
Picturesque Villa
Winter's Flaming Peaks
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[1847]from "RD"-- 9 July 2007:
Hi -- Many apologies in advance for this query - it sounds more than a bit nutty to me. It's just a shot in the dark that you might know of a jigsaw from the 1940s that I remember very well from my childhood. It was on card and was a scene of pixies frolicking around a house built into a tree trunk. From my memory, I would say it was in the style of Enid Blyton or possibly Mabel Lucie Atwell.

There must have been so many puzzles produced in those days. I'm not expecting you to know it. But, if you did and if you could obtain a copy...

...I would be interested.

Thanks in advance for your time and any trouble!

Regards -- "RD"
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[1848]from "DJC"-- 9 July 2007:
Hi - Eaton once published a jig saw puzzle called "Music Makers". Any idea where I can see one assembled?

"DJC"
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from Jim McW--10 July 2007:
The best that we are able to do is to provide a picture of the box.:
Music Makers" Music Makers ", EATONTM
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[1849]from "CF"-- 13 July 2007:
I think that my puzzle by Jaymar " Painted exclusively for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Ford Motor Co." were commissioned in 1953 for Life Magazine. I read that somewhere, but I could be wrong. I have a 500 piece sealed in it's original wrapper [bought for $5.99] by Jaymar called "Henry Ford's first car - built in 1896 - still runs". I hope you can identify this and let me know if the info I have is correct. Thank you!!

"CF"
Henry Ford's First Car, " Henry Ford's First Car, Built 1896 - Still Runs ", JAYMAR, 500 pieces
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from Jim McW--15 July 2007:
We have seen several different editions of this JAYMAR puzzle:
Home Workshop Success, " Home Workshop Success ", JAYMARTM
Henry Ford's First Car, " Henry Ford's First Car ", JAYMARTM, 800 pieces.
Built 1896, " Built 1896 ", JAYMARTM, 650 pieces.

We suspect these may have come out about the same time:
Home Workshop Success, " Home Workshop Success ", JAYMARTM
The Famous Model T, " The Famous Model T ", JAYMARTM, Over 500 pieces.

Does anyone know of other editions of these puzzles or of this series?
Thanks, Jim McW
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