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[1896]from "C14"-- 14 November 2007:
I'm not sure if you can help me, I'm not even sure if you would call this a puzzle or not. My Great-Grandmother had a "puzzle" that had a kind of Dick and Jane look to it. It was a sturdy (baby blue I think) board with square pictures that popped out when you pushed through the hole behind them. You had to match up the picture of the child with the action printed below. Running, jumping, laughing, eating, etc. I have no clue what year it was made or who made it. My Great-Grandmother was born in 1908, I don't know if my grandfather played with it but I know my mom and her siblings did, they were all born between 1959 and 1976. I have searched on and off for about 11 years now trying to find any information on it and I have hit nothing but dead ends. I have such fond memories of my Great-Grandmother and playing this with her. Now that I'm a mom I'd like to share it with my son. Any help you can give me on my search would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,
"C14"
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from Jim McW--1 May 2008:
I suspect you're thinking of a puzzle called "HELP YOURSELF PICTURE WORD PUZZLE", by WHITMAN. I think this series were published during the post-World War 2 period, probably late 1940's to 1950's. We have one small picture of one from this series (we're not sure how many there were):
picture word puzzle "HELP YOURSELF PICTURE WORD PUZZLE", by WHITMAN
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[1897]from "RB"-- 16 November 2007:
Jim, Hi!
It's been a while.
Just a short note to ask you or your readers a question. I recently found the attached puzzle at a flea market. When I first saw it I immediately thought it was a Paul Detlefsen illustration. In fact I remembered seeing the Paul Detlefsen puzzle on your site, that was in a can and figured it was the same one. When I got it home I checked on your site and found it was a different picture, and different can, than the one shown on your site. When I got it put together I could not find a Paul Detlefsen signature on it either. Does this picture look like a known Detlefsen illustration? The puzzle is a Deluxe Guild with 340 pieces, measures 18" x 15.5". It is series No. 201 and the title is "Millpond". The can is 8" tall and 4.25" wide. Thanks.
"RB"
Millpond" Millpond "    cancan
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from Jim McW--18 November 2007:
We believe there has been at least one or two artists whose work was quite similar to, or at least in the same vein as, Paul Detlefsen's. Can anyone tell us more about these puzzles?
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[1898]from "OC"-- 17 November 2007:
I can't to find this puzzle at your page

http://www.puzzlehistory.com/catcat.jpg

Where is it?

Thanks.
"OC"
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from Jim McW--18 November 2007:
We truly enjoy the questions we receive, but it really helps us if you can refer to the page or Q&A number in your letter. We spent five or ten minutes just trying to track this picture down on our site. It is included in no 1344, Page 84. The only place you could have found the picture is on that page. So, we honestly don't understand your question.
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[1899]from "PMA"-- 18 November 2007:
Hi!
Do you have any idea about when this puzzle was made?

regards
"PMA"
A Cowboy Rodeorodeo puzzle, VICTORY    boxbox
label" label "
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from Jim McW--18 November 2007:
We are not expert on VICTORY puzzles, but suspect this appeared in the 1950's or slightly earlier. One of the useful clues in dating these puzzles is the price, which is not visible on this puzzle.
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[1900]from "M20"-- 20 November 2007:
Hello, I have some jigsaw puzzles that I am trying to find some info on. They are 300 piece action puzzles, Made in 1976 for Lesney Products & Co. Ltd. London England, But made in New Zealand by Marlow Agencies, Auckland. They have -( Impulse )- written on them also.
I have 3 of them, they are all war scenes that look painted, WW2 & (Vietnam or Korea) I think. If you can help, that would be great as I have tried to find on-line but have had no success.

Thank You
"M20", from NZ
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from Jim McW--23 November 2007:
See a little information in no. 1447, Page 90. LESNEY (we assume) refers to the famous die-cast toy business (1947-1982). Their most famous product was the MATCHBOX brand.

Can anyone give us more information on LESNEY PRODUCTS ?
or MARLOW AGENCIES, AUCKLAND ?
or IMPULSE ?
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[1901]from "MGA"-- 8 December 2007:
I have several puzzles that were made by Whitman. They are Disney puzzles, Mickey Mouse, Pluto and Donald Duck. They are 20 inch diameter and 125 piece round puzzles. They have a box number of 4427 on them. They are all still sealed. What I would like to know is if you know approxmately when these puzzles were made. Thanks for your time.
"MGA", from Colorado
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from Jim McW--11 December 2007:
We have no record of a WHITMAN line of that series number.

Does anyone recognize this series?
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[1902]from "B12"-- 12 December 2007:
Hi,

I find your site to be a very good source of info on puzzles. However, I would like to point out that the web page design is just awful. Especially I don't know who came up with an idea of RED text on pink background??? This is really basic functionality we are talking about here. These colors make reading very difficult.

And also, a BOLD font is harder on the eyes than regular ones. I understand that the site purpose is not to be fancy, but it should be readable or why to make it at all.

Regards,
"B12", from Wisconsin
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from Jim McW--18 December 2007:
In the interest of fairness and intellectual inquiry, we are experimenting with layout on this page. We have tried four different color backgrounds. We invite comments on these colors and the readability they provide.
I might just say that our "normal" background color appears different colors on different monitors and operating systems, at least it does to us. We originally chose it as an alternative to the ubiquitous white. We chose it as a very light beige or tan, but we realize it does appear "pink" on some systems.
We appreciate frankness, and we invite all comments, good, bad, or indifferent!
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1903]from "BP"-- 15 December 2007:
I have a Hills Bros. Coffee promotional puzzle titled, "No one can resist that marvelous aroma."

I'm hoping someone has - or can direct me to - a picture of the completed puzzle so I can attempt to assemble mine.

Thanks in advance for any help.
"BP", from Oregon
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from Jim McW--11 December 2007:
See no. 1158, Page 74 for a small picure.
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[1904]from "A17"-- 17 December 2007:
Hello,

I am looking for a puzzle that I beleive is a jupp. (I saw it online many years ago). I think it was called millenium [Millennium]. It was a series of squares connected in a row which wrapped around into the centre and each square represented a decade of events. I think it had 3 or 10 or 18 thousand pieces. Does this sound familiar? I would love to buy it anywhere at any price. Thank you for your help.
"A17", from Canada
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from Jim McW--18 December 2007:
Someone sent us this picture, but this does not seem to be the one to which you refer:
1000 Years in 1000 Pieces"1000 Years in 1000 Pieces ", by Mike Jupp, maker unknown.

Does anyone recognize the puzzle the enquirer seeks?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Mike Jupp-- 25 February 2008:
Hello,
I was reading the correspondence regarding my 'Millennium' Puzzle (Gibsons Games). Well, the word 'millennium' was the kiss of death if it was attached to anything beyond about February 2000.

Therefore, that VERY successful image, which took me a bloody eternity to create... was withdrawn at the end of 2000.

However, I've spent nearly 6 months upgrading the original image and adding new characters. The NEW improved version, now called 'I Love Great Britain' was released this month (Feb. 2008).
If you want to see it?... go to

http://www.webnet2000.cc/mikejupp/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=132&forum=6

You can find some of my other puzzle images here...

http://www.webnet2000.cc/mikejupp/modules/newbb/index.php

I'd really welcome any feedback from your readers!
Cheers,
Thanks, Mike Jupp
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[1905]from "LB"-- 21 December 2007:
G'day,

I've got two 100 piece puzzles that I inherited from my English grandfather who was a World War 1 veteran and bought the puzzles around this time. Both puzzles deal with WW1 subjects.

The puzzles are in their original cardboard boxes and I want to get an idea on their value for insurance purposes.

The one titled "So Obvious" shows a young man looking at a shell hole in a brick wall and asking, "Who made that 'ole'? and the older man replying "Mice".

The other puzzle is titled "The thirst for reprisals" and shows a soldier whose demijohn has just been broken by enemy shelling saying " 'And me a rifle, someone. I'll give these -------s 'ell for this!"

I'd be very grateful if you could provide some history on these puzzles. If you can't help, could you please point me in the right direction.

Best regards and Merry Christmas.

"LB"

So Obvious" So Obvious " [box]
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from Jim McW--22 December 2007:
We found one citation suggesting the 1950's, but our instincts argue against this. Is the puzzle wooden or cardboard? Can anyone tell us more about the company or the series?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "CL"--26 December 2007:
These puzzles are from somewhere around 1930. The pictures are by Bruce Bairnsfather and the funny man in each picture is called "Ole Bill". I have had (and sold) several of these here in England for around forty pounds each. They were made By Frederick Warne and were part of the Chandos series and neither was in its original box so I don't know if the boxes are the same. I saw an Ole Bill puzzle on [internet auction] which sold for 260 pounds!
"CL", England
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from Jim McW--6 January 2008:
We apologize for the delay in posting your very welcome information. The holiday season has been very hectic.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1906]from "MT"-- 22 December 2007:
Hi, just thought I'd send you off some pics of what some of the puzzles looked like. [See our Sports Puzzles Page]

Also, there's a second namath puzzle which has a slightly different picture on it. I've seen it, but don't know the # or have a shot of it. I also will be sending you more pics as I take them. I have a bunch of these in my collection, but haven't photo'd all of them yet.

"MT"
Walt Frazier" Walt Frazier ", New York vs Buffalo
John Havlicek" John Havlicek "
Gary Unger" Gary Unger "
Bobby Orr" Bobby Orr "
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from Jim McW--23 December 2007:
We needed these pictures!
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[1907]from "MAM"-- 24 December 2007:
Re: Hanging a puzzle with no frame

I have a maple leaf puzzle which I have glued together and hung on the wall. However, it keeps falling off the wall after a few days or months. I have used the gum like material to hang it and also 30 pieces of rolled up masking tape or packaging tape. At this point, I am not even that concerned about damage to the wall. I would just like the puzzle to stay on the wall. Any suggestions? Thank you.

"MAM"
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from Jim McW--25 December 2007:
We usually recommend a frame, but we won't go into that, since you're looking for another kind of effect. How about using one of the extremely tough, modern adhesives, such as "Super Glue"? You might even experiment first with similar puzzle pieces on different types of surfaces, to see which surface and which glue works the best. You could make maple leaf shape backing of the best type of surface material, attach it to the wall permanently, then "Super Glue" the pieces to the backing.
Let us know how it turns out.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1908]from "R24"-- 24 December 2007:
Re: Mission Regensburg 1000 pc puzzle by Gil Cohen

I saw a comment that the San Jose Jet Center was advertising the above puzzle, but I have not been able to find the correct web site. I tried to call the Jet Center but I didn't know what part of the Jet Center would have a puzzle and I have not found anyone who knows about the "Mission Regensburg" puzzle. Can you help me find it. I want to give it as a gift to a friend who was a navigator. Thanks,
"R24", from Atlanta, Georgia
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from Jim McW--25 December 2007:
We believe you may have seen no. 960, Page 63, which was posted back in 2003.
Unfortunately, aviation and World War 2 puzzles are rarely published. When they come up for sale on internet auctions, they inevitably generate eager bidding. We believe most of this FX SCHMID series were published in the mid-1990's and long out of print.
Once in a blue moon, we manage to find one and put it on our SALE pages, but none at this time (late 2007).
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1909]from "FH"-- 25 December 2007:
Re: No. 1899 [see Page 114]

Hello, Merry Christmas! My computer wasn't working for awhile, this morning I just saw question 1899 from Nov. 2007. I've been looking for this puzzle, or even whether I could find out about it. Family friends gave us this puzzle one day to take home, when we were playing with their kids. Without the box, with a few pieces missing, but we did it over and over. It disappeared somewhere in the process of us kids growing up, my parents selling their home, or something...... I was born in 1949 and was very little when we got it, it was probably around 1955 because Mom had to do the puzzle for us, at first. And the other family had owned it already for awhile.

The background color is GOOD, makes things visible.

Friends who have a booth in an antique mall, gave me a Jiggety-Jig puzzle for Christmas, not in great shape but they knew it'd have a good home with me. It turns out to have figural pieces and figural pieces made from 2 different pieces. Puzzles are ALWAYS fascinating....... Happy holidays,
"FH"
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from Jim McW--26 December 2007:
See our JIGGETY-JIG page for more on that old series.
See our VICTORY page for more on on those wonderful puzzles. You can probably find some more VICTORY puzzles sprinkled around our site by using our SEARCH page.
Thanks, Jim McW

from "FH"--27 December 2007:Thanks for being helpful once again! The side of this puzzle's box says

SERIES III No. 8 --- THE BEAR HUNT

Not exactly like the Bear Hunt shown on your Jiggety Jig list, it must have been packaged wrong or put away in the wrong box, long ago. Funny thing though, the bear (made of 2 pieces) was very hard to find!!! Thanks,
"FH"
title not known    title not knownbox
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from Jim McW--30 December 2007:
This puzzle really looks familiar, but I can't find it in our database. Does anyone recognize the picture or the maker of the puzzle?
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[1910]from "BKO"-- 29 December 2007:
Hi.

My grandfather brought this from New York to Norway in the 1930's.

I thought you could post this on your website. I think we have more from the same producer in the attic.

Best wishes

"BKO", from Norway
First Snow Fall" First Snow Fall ", BIG TEN    First Snow Fallbox, " First Snow Fall "
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from Jim McW--30 December 2007:
See our BIG TEN page for more on that old series.
Here's another BIG 10 puzzle of similar title, but different picture and box design.
Thanks, Jim McW
First Snow Fall" First Snow Fall ", BIG TEN    First Snowfallbox
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[1911]from "JS"-- 1 January 2008:
we are looking for a puzzle that my mother in law recalls getting when she was a little girl in the early/mid 1950's. She describes it as an adult St. Bernard with St. Bernard puppies in front of the adult and a blue water dish??? No idea of the brand or if the puzzle actually exists. Anybody else? Thanks!

"JS", Iowa
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from Jim McW--3 January 2008:
The only St. Bernard puzzles we can remember are versions of the " guardian " theme. The one you describe doesn't fit any of those. Does anyone recognize this puzzle from the description?
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[1912]from "LB"-- 2 January 2008:
Recently,a Jaymar Metropolitan Museum Masterpieces puzzle titled " The Gulf Stream " by Winslow Homer was given to me. It has no date, but, is in series c-1, and has the number 2098-29 printed on the lower right hand corner. The box states that the other titles available in this series are " The adoration of the sheperds ", " By the seashore ", and " Madame Charpent and her children ". I would like to find out how old this puzzle is and if it is of any value. It is in good condition and is missing no pieces. I would appreciate any information that anyone can give me. I'm unable to post a picture at this time so I hope that I've given enough information to be of help. Thanks.

"LB", Florida
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from Jim McW--3 January 2008:
We found this picture someone sent us:
Gulf Stream" Gulf Stream ", JAYMAR OLD MASTERS FROM THE METRO
We can only guess as to the age, but we suspect these were published circa the 1960's. We would consider it a nice, old collectible. See our FAQ page for a discussion of puzzle values.
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[1913]from "LC"-- 3 January 2008:
Hi,
Am searching for a 1000 piece puzzle titled Relax Time.
It is of a cat sitting on a toilet with a vase of white roses on the tank. The entire background is orange colored.
I just finished it and am missing 6 pieces. I want to glue/frame it for my bathroom. It is an awesome puzzle with an interesting feature: there is a pattern of letters on the back. Good thing, as all pieces are the same size, shape. Very challenging.
However, my problem is that there is no company name on the box. Just a number, size and title.
No. 10-232, size 75cm x 50cm. title: Relax Time.
I would very much appreciate any help/direction you could give me in finding another same puzzle so as to finish it.
thank you for your time.

"LC", Saskatchewan, Canada
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from Jim McW--4 January 2008:
We don't find it in any of our sources. Has anyone heard of a puzzle like this?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1914]from "SM"-- 4 January 2008:
Hi,
Hi,
I have acquired a David Hockney Pearblossom Hwy., No.2 From the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. I cannot find any information about the puzzle or the J.Paul Getty Museum Puzzles. THere is much information on the artist as he was the originator of the "photo collage" style. The puzzle has a copyright of 1998. Is there a list of the puzzles from the J. Paul Getty Museum? It is a very nice quality puzzle and box but unfortunately it is one of those puzzles where all the pieces are the same shape.

"SM"
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from Jim McW--4 January 2008:
We know nothing of this series. Can anyone tell us anything about puzzles from the J. Paul Getty?
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[1915]from "S4"-- 4 January 2008:
Is there a place or person that has information on how to clean an older puzzle? I have several puzzles where the pieces are in excellent condition but the box is a mess. I am sure "someone", somewhere would have information on how to repair and clean puzzles.
Thanks

"S4", from Denver
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from Jim McW--5 January 2008:
We suspect that a number of solutions have been developed by various individuals, and that different approaches may be called for in different situations. For instance, mildew would seem to call for a very different treatment than rips, tears, and punctures. See No. 524, Page 38, and No. 1613, Page 100.
Also, there's several very knowledgeable people who repair vintage jigsaw puzzles. See our LINKS page for some links to puzzle experts' websites. Some of these people are quite experienced in repair and might be willing to give advice.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1916]from "C18"-- 18 December 2007:
I have found a puzzle with the name Fossil Worldwide on the front. It was at a thrift store and glued together. They did not have the original box. This is the company that makes the Fossil Watches. I can not find anything on the internet about the age of the puzzle. The picture on the puzzle looks like it is from the 40's or 50's. Can you tell me anything about it? Maybe the Fossil Company put out the puzzles when you bought a watch?
Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.
Thanks

"C18", Mississippi
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from Jim McW--6 January 2008:
We are not familiar with these puzzles. We understand that the company does not pre-date the 1980's, so neither can the puzzle, although they may have used an older print as the basis for the puzzle. Does anyone know more about this puzzle or series?
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[1917]from "RJF"-- 20 December 2007:
As a kid, I owned "The Basket Weavers" puzzle by Pauline Jackson. I see that the puzzle existed as both a TUCO and a Guild puzzle (maybe more). I've purchased the TUCO puzzle in an internet auction, but it isn't the version I had as a kid. It is cropped very differently from the puzzle I recall. In effect, if I remember right, the Guild version was a much more complete picture, showing much more of the house than the TUCO puzzle does. So...my questions: Is it possible to find a photo of the Guild puzzle to confirm my memory? And if I were interested in buying the Guild version, where would you suggest that I look? Thanks very much.
Thanks

"RJF", from Dayton, Ohio
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from Jim McW-- 6 January 2008:
According to Chris McCann's Comprehensive List of Whitman Titles, you would be looking for WHITMAN GUILD no. 304-F or no. 304-104. We believe the puzzle would be from the 1950's or 1960's. Your best bet would be internet auctions.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1918]from "PMA"-- 6 January 2008:
Hi!
Do you have any idea about artist, origin or age of this lovely puzzle?

best regards

from a fan of your site

"PMA"
An Old Summer Home" An Old Summer Home "    An Old Summer Homebox
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from Jim McW-- 6 January 2008:
I don't recognize the artist or the puzzle manufacturer. I would guess the puzzle was issued in the early 1960's, from the style of the box design. Any other clues on the box?
Does anyone recognize the box or the artwork?
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[1919]from "BL"-- 7 January 2008:
Hello,

Do you have a recommendation for a reasonably priced but good and durable puzzle caddy? I have looked at many sites and seen many roll up and other caddies, and would appreciate any help you can give me. I just discovered your site in the process and am delighted and amazed at the depth and breadth of your information and help.

Thanks,

"BL", from Virginia
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from Jim McW-- 9 January 2008:
We don't use a caddy in the usual sense. We tend to use large pieces of art board. I suspect many people simply use a card table or other similar surface, leaving the puzzle there until it's finished. We have seen some really nice ones advertised. We find that different kinds of puzzles sometimes present slightly different challenges. For instance, puzzle pieces with predominantly light colors on a white working surface may be more difficult visually than on a dark working surface. Pushfit (non-interlocking) puzzles may be easier to work with, if the work surface "holds" the pieces. We crafted our own board for this purpose, by taking a piece of cardboard or heavy artboard and covering it with felt. Does anyone care to make recommendations, opinions?
In any case, you can go to some of the puzzle store links on our LINKS page to find some caddies.
Thanks, Jim McW
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