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[1869]from "PMA"-- 9 September 2007:
Hi!
In Tom Tylers: "A Compendium of British Jigsaw Puzzles" a puzzle from 1935 - 1939 called "Choosing the Rapier" listed. Do you think mine is the same? Whats the significance with (Period)?

Best regards
"PMA"
Choosing a Rapier " Choosing a Rapier ", by V. De Beauvoir Ward, VICTORY puzzle
Choosing a Rapierlabel    Choosing a Rapierbox
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from Jim McW--10 September 2007:
We assume the "Period" simply refers to the subject as being a "period" piece, or historical subject. Any other ideas?
We were able to find a little information about Vernon De Beauvoir Ward: British painter, 1905-1985.
We cannot confirm that your puzzle is the same one mentioned in Tom Tyler's Compendium.
Can anyone furnish more information on this topic?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1870]from "JB"-- 11 September 2007:
GINGERBREAD MANSION?

It must be somewhere in the US. I say Cape May NJ, am I correct?
"JB"
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from Jim McW--10 September 2007:
This question is complicated by the fact that there appears to be at least three different "Gingerbread Mansion" puzzles, one by MILTON BRADLEY, one by KODACOLOR, and another:
Gingerbread Mansion " Gingerbread Mansion ", WHITMAN GOLDEN GUILD.

The KODACOLOR puzzles appear to have been issued in different sizes and/or formats, including 500 or 550 pieces, 1000 pieces, and 3-D.

In any case, we believe it is at 400 Berding St., Ferndale, California. Does anyone have more information or ideas? Can anyone add to the seventeen Painted Ladies puzzles we have listed on our KODACOLOR page?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1871]from "E8"-- 11 September 2007:
I have a Model J7018 hand-decorated China Toy Tea Set made by Jaymar. (I had no idea they did puzzles too). I've had it for roughly 40 years. I realize it's not a puzzle but would you be able to give me any background on Jaymar's tea sets ?
"E8"
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from Jim McW--13 September 2007:
We don't know much about the other toy lines of JAYMAR, but we can tell you that the company has been in business since the 1920's. See our JAYMAR page.
Can anyone expand on the subject of toy tea sets or JAYMAR toys, in general?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1872]from "JM"-- 27 August 2007:
I have an 11 x 14 (approximate) heavy green paper booklet with 4 un-cut, two-in-one jig-saw puzzles by Waddington. The booklet is stapled together by a margin added to each puzzle.
Included are numbers 725 - 732:
View Hallo - matt grained finish
Midhurst, Sussex - high glossed finish
Cottages at Ditisham - matt
Ship Building - high gloss
Bluebells, Lussa, Argyll - matt
Moonlight on the Sea - high gloss
Sailing with the Wind - matt
Landing the Catch - high gloss
"JM"
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from Jim McW--14 September 2007:
We have learned from someone knowledgeable about Waddingtons puzzles that the item described is (or was) a salesman's sample. It is indeed rare, but it is impossible to place a certain value on an item of such esoteric nature.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1873]from "LL"-- 20 September 2007:
I have just redone one of Arrow Games' jigsaw puzzles that I was given as a Christmas present, as a child in the 1970s. As it is not listed on your site I thought you might be interested in receiving another title. It was called the Four Seasons and had 2000 pieces and a reference number No. 5372. I was led to believe that it was the first commercially produced puzzle with 2000 pieces but am not sure that this information is correct. The colours, however, are still stunning 30 years later.
"LL"
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from Jim McW--21 September 2007:
MILTON BRADLEY was producing 2000-piece puzzles in the 1970's, and we believe that TUCO was producing them in the 1960's. Arrow may have produced the first 2000-piece puzzles in Great Britain. Does anyone know for certain? Can anyone identify other early mass-produced jigsaw puzzles of 2000 (or more) pieces?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1874]from "CVS"-- 22 September 2007:

I have three Junior Jiggies puzzles made of genuine tekwood by Rabbin-Schenkel, Inc., NY in 1946. The soldiers puzzles was used once; the others never used. All are in the original cardboard sleeves. Tekwood appears to be thin sheets of wood between cardboard, and may be stapled on the back with metal staples.


* Series 1 - Noah's Ark
* Series 2 - Word and picture (alphabet)
* Series 3 - ABC soldiers

I have searched the Internet and found no information on these puzzles.... Can you tell me anything about these puzzles?

Regards,
"CVS"
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[1875]from "PJB"-- 27 September 2007:
Hello, I remember back in the 70's that there were puzzles of the Revolutionary war and the Civil war. Do you know who had produced them?
"Thank you,
"PJB"
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from Jim McW--28 September 2007:
WESTERN PUBLISHING CO. released the GOLDEN AMERICANA FLAG SERIES in the early 1970's.
MILTON BRADLEY published the AMERICAN HERITAGE CIVIL WAR SERIES in the early 1960's.
See our MILITARY HISTORY Jigsaw Puzzles section, Page 3, for a few of the many puzzles on these two historical periods, which have been published over the last 70 or 80 years.
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[1876]from "V24"-- 24 September 2007:
Hello!

I grew up in Canada (now, at age 40, I live in Virginia). I recently came across a jigsaw puzzle that was this classic map of Canada from the 60's (the one featured on your Somerville page), and I immediately remembered it from my childhood. As a kid, I loved it! I remembered it so well and was thrilled to find a copy randomly here where I live..... Once I completed it (last night), I had to look it up online, and that led me to your site. Thank you for offering this service, it is much appreciated.

In cooperation,
"V24"
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from Jim McW--29 September 2007:
One of the greatest rewards of maintaining this website is the kind letters we receive from people who find joy in these pages, often remembering their past, in one way or another.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1877]from "PH"-- 6 October 2007:
Have you every heard of a city map of Rome as a puzzle?
I am wondering if I am looking in vain.....
"PH"
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from Jim McW--7 October 2007:
I cannot point to one in certainty. The best possibility would probably be the WADDINGTONS series, PLAN-A-JIG. We know that it included city plans of Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, and Paris. We would not be surprised to hear that it also included other great cities.
Can anyone tell us about other numbers in this series? Any other candidates for map puzzles of Rome?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--3 February 2008:
If I had studied our website more thoroughly, I could have told you that there apparently were only eight cities represented in the PLAN-A-JIG series:

London
Paris
Edinburgh
Dublin
Copenhagen
Munich
Sydney
New York.

So, Rome was not one of that series. Can anyone think of any kind of puzzle based on a city map of Rome?

Puzzle companies! Are you listening? This might make a good subject for a puzzle - or even a series of puzzles.

Personally, I would like to see a series of puzzles based on great cities in historical times, for instance: Imperial Rome, Classical Athens, Czarist Moscow, Paris in 1888.... You could even do it in three-dimensional diorama....

Thanks, Jim McW
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[1878]from "MS"-- 6 October 2007:
Hello,

I don't know if you can help me, but if you can I would be very appreciative.

I'm looking for a puzzle I had during childhood. It depicts World War 1 aircraft in the clouds with no horizon. Beautiful colored planes against a white cloudy sky. The planes were at all different angles and directions. I believe the box was octagonal in shape. It was probably from the 1960's or very early 70's.

Thank You.
"MS"
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from Jim McW--7 October 2007:
The one which comes immediately to mind is:
Fighter Planes - WW I"Fighter Planes - World War I", SPRINGBOK, PZL8017, 1968.
Let me know if this not the one.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1879]from "GB"-- 7 October 2007:
Hi,

First thanks for all your hard work on the site - it is a great service.

I have come up with a puzzle that I can not identify maker, or age, but it looks to be rather old. The only identification on it is:

On the sides:

A Challenge Picture Puzzle
over 1000 Interlocking pieces
7456

On the Top:
Autumn Sunset
A "Challenge"
Picture Puzzle"
28" X 20 1/2"
Over 1000 pieces

Any thoughts?

Thanks,
"GB"
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from Jim McW--8 October 2007:
The MILTON BRADLEY CHALLENGE puzzles were 1500 pieces, so far as I know. I'm not sure about your puzzle. Does anyone recognize this one?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1880]from "KK"-- 8 October 2007:
I am looking for a puzzle (Springbok?) called "Cubbyhole Cottage", 1979 ish is the year. Please help me....
"KK"
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from Jim McW--8 October 2007:
See no. 39, Page 3. We have never owned or seen this puzzle, other than the picture which someone sent us.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1881]from "DR"-- 8 October 2007:
I am trying to find out more information on a puzzle that I have. You had one question in your Q & A section [No. 1828, Page 111] about the same print but a different manufacturer. The name of the puzzle is "Low Water in the Mississippi", J.K. Strauss Product, 3Ply, Veneer Wood, 225 Pieces, #242. The picture on the box is in Black & White but the Puzzle is Color. Anything that you could tell me about it would be appreciated.

Thanks,
"DR"
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[1882]from "KG"-- 17 October 2007:
Re: House of Pigs puzzle
In the early nineties, my family and I used to put together a puzzle every summer at our cottage. I am looking for a printing of this puzzle to give my family as a gift. I canít remember the name or the publisher of the puzzle. Can you please help me find it?

The image on the puzzle was a transected view of a multi layer house. The house was filled with whimsical pigs doing many different things in and outside of the house. The house seems to be a Victorian style home, though itís hard to tell because itís a view of the rooms of the house, not the exterior.

There were a great number of rooms and they were all very detailed. The puzzle also included peeks into the attic and the landscaping surrounding the house.

Any direction that you may be able to provide would be very greatly appreciated. This puzzle has a very high emotional value to me and my family as our old summer retreat was recently demolished to make way for a shopping center and the puzzle was lost years ago. Every memory of our time in our cottage links back to the annual practice of assembling this puzzle.

Thank you very much.
"KG"
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[1883]from "JP"-- 18 October 2007:
I had a huge disney puzzle somewhere late 60's earley 70's. The pictures was the castle and the animated charactors in the bottom half and tinkerbell flying over. Looked like the opening (or closing?) from the old disney tv show. Anyone know what puzzle this is and where I might find one?
"JP"
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[1884]from "PK"-- 20 October 2007:
Hello Fellow Puzzlers,

I have made this puzzle with my mother 30 years ago several times, and I am going to make it now with my own children. Sadly enough there are three pieces missing. Looking for information on the puzzle I fell over your page, and thought to share "my" puzzle with you. It's an Arrow Game Ltd puzzle with 2000 pieces, called "The Four Seasons" I'll attach photos with more information to this mail. Hopefully you can use the material, and perhaps even return some new information that I don't have.

Kind regards
"PK"
The Four Seasons " The Four Seasons ", ARROW GAMES LTD.
The Four Seasons side of box
The Four Seasons other side
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from Jim McW--20 October 2007:
These pictures seem very similar to the works of Paul Detlefsen. Is there an artist's signature in any of the pictures, or on the box?
Thanks for the great pictures! Jim McW
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[1885]from "PMA"-- 21 October 2007:
" On the Way to the Post Office "
Hi!
This is a very nice puzzle with a few whimsies.
The box is marked "Aristopuzzle". Any idea about how old it is, the maker or the artist?

best regards
"PMA"
On the Way to the Post Office " On the Way to the Post Office "
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from Jim McW--21 October 2007:
We don't find anything in our database. The puzzle looks fairly difficult, with many pieces with similar shapes. Something suggests the 1920's or 1930's to me, but that's only a wild guess. Is there a box with it? Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "PMA"--22 October 2007:
Hi!
Here is a picture of the box.
On the Way to the Post Office ARISTOPUSSEL box

regards
"PMA"
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[1886]from "JB"-- 15 October 2007:
" The Christmas House ", No. 113, Page 8
Hi -
I have this puzzle, it is a tradition in my family for the past 25 years. Do you know who the artist is??

Thanks!
"JB"
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from Jim McW--31 October 2007:
I don't think we have ever seen the puzzle in person, nor heard anything about the artist. Is there an artist's signature or other indication on the puzzle or the box as to who did the artwork? We believe the puzzle is from 1978.
Does anyone have any information?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1887]from "DB"-- 25 October 2007:
Hometown Collection - Sausalito Water Front - where is the cat?

Thanks,
"DB"
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from Jim McW--31 October 2007:
We have posted quite a bit of discussion and information about the Hometown Collection puzzles, but we don't know much about them ourselves. Does anyone know where the cat is in this particular puzzle?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1888]from "E29"-- 29 October 2007:
skeleton riders on horses with flames round puzzle
Hello,
I am hoping someone might have information about a round puzzle I saw nearly 30 years ago. I didn't buy it, and it has haunted me ever since. I'm sure my memory of it isn't perfect, but I always think of it as "ghost riders". It was round, and showed several skeleton cowboys riding horses that had flames coming either from their mouths, or from their hooves.
Something about it gave me the impression they were riding through the sky.
I would be very grateful for any information anyone might have about this puzzle. Thank you.
"E29"
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from "VM"-- 11 January 2008:Round picture puzzle of skeleton riders on horses maybe in sky - remember the song "Ghost Riders in the Sky"? I haven't seen such a picture or puzzle, but if you listen to the song you think of such a scene.
"VM", Missouri
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from Jim McW-- 21 January 2008:
I knew back in October this description rang a bell, but I couldn't place it, or find it in our database. "VM"'s speculation jogged my memory. See no. 1727, Page 106, for "RB"'s comment on what I think is probably be the same title (" Again and Again ").
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1889]from "J30"-- 30 October 2007:
I recently ran cross and purchased a Houston Astrodome jigsaw puzzle, 504 pieces and the year is 1988, never opened. Astroworld was one of our biggest tour attractions. It has been torn down and the Astrodome (eighth wonder of the world) is in danger of being destroyed. The size of the puzzle is 21 1/4 in. x 14 1/8 in. I think one day, since this puzzle holds so many pieces of the city that are no longer there or have undergone major changes, that this puzzle will some day be a great historical value.
"J30"
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from Jim McW--31 October 2007:
Thanks for your comments. Here's a picture of a puzzle which may be similar or the same: Houston" Houston ", 1990.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1890]from "MS"-- 30 October 2007:To whom it may concern,

I have Storyland Puzzles. One is Hansel & Gretel, and the other is The Wizard of Oz. They are both 10"x 13" puzzles. I also have the Snow White and the Pied Piper..... Do you have any idea of the date of these puzzles?
"MS"
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from Jim McW--3 November 2007:
This is a wild guess, but I think the 1960's or 1970's.
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[1891]from "DG"-- 1 November 2007:I am going through the Milton Bradley site and see a picture of an old wood puzzle like mine. It was given to me in 1939 from a neighbor, and I am interested in the date of it's manufacture. It's title is "Youth and Grace" and appears to be from a painting. It is listed as a Scroll cut in Wood, 250 pieces and is numberered 4031.
I am computer illiterate, so I don't know how to include a photo. The box is in fair condition but failing due to age.
I will appreciate anything you can tell me of this treasure and perhaps who painted the picture "Youth and Grace".
"DG"
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from Jim McW--3 November 2007:
We don't know much about the very old MILTON BRADLEY wooden puzzles. Here's one we ran across some years ago, a PREMIER puzzle by MILTON BRADLEY.:
Flowers of Old Greece" Flowers of Old Greece "

We will venture to guess that your puzzle dates from the 1920's or earlier.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1892]from "RG"-- 3 November 2007:
Hello,

I have a Chad Valley plywood jigsaw puzzle (300 pieces) titled 'A Well Earned Rest'.

I would greatly appreciate an approximate date of manufacture if possible.

Thanking you in anticipation
"RG"
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from Jim McW--3 November 2007:
Is this similar?
A Well-Earned Rest" A Well Earned Rest ", CHAD VALLEY
A Well-Earned Restbox

We would guess that your puzzle dates from the late 1920's or 1930's.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1893]from "SM"-- 6 November 2007:
Re: No. 709, Page 49
Did she ever get the complete list of Springbok Robert Blair Martin puzzles?
"SM"
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from Jim McW--3 November 2007:
See no. 849, Page 58, and no. 1758, Page 107.

Can anyone add to this information?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1894]from "DB"-- 6 November 2007:
Hello,
I am trying to find two puzzles featuring the art work of JIM KIRWAN. They are 500 piece, 20" round. The names are: "LA MER" AND "THE FOUR HORSEMEN". Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
"DB"
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[1895]from "DS"-- 7 November 2007:
Hi,

I am trying to find out who makes the STIX interlocking puzzles and if they are still available. My mother has found a couple at yard sales but I am unable to find anything on the web.

Thanks,
"DS"
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from Jim McW--8 November 2007:
We believe these were produced by CEACO, but we are not sure whether they are still being published or not. Try looking through the internet puzzle stores on our LINKS page. Can anyone tell us more about these puzzles?
Thanks, Jim McW
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