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[1940]from "Ro"-- 17 Febuary 2008:
RE: No. 1571, Page 98
FYI...In response to the question regarding Darkness Before Dawn Emancipation Day - the company is R.C. Co., N.Y. I have a picture that is identical to the puzzle that was described and I am looking for information on it as well. My picture has a signature in the lower left hand corner but I cannot make out the name. I suspect the puzzle will have the same markings. You have to look very closely to see the name - My picture is old and attached to a cardboard backsheet.

"Ro", New York
(Here's a picture of the print, but I couldn't get a good closeup of the signature. It looks like either Henry or Mary is the first name. The last name looks to be possibly "Miskis" but I can't be sure. If you obtain any info on this I would appreciate it. Thank you.

"Ro"

Darkness Before Dawn" Darkness Before Dawn Emancipation Day
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from Jim McW-- 18 February 2008:
This is a fascinating scene, presumably set in 1862-1863. I am particularly drawn to the map on the wall, which seems to show the division between the states, as well as the uncertainty as to which way some of them would go in the conflict.

Can anyone shed any light on the painting, the artist, or any details in this work?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1941]from "DS"-- 25 Febuary 2008:
I thank you. I have purchased a print two years ago and did an AOL search on it tonight. I came across your puzzle featuring a painting by May Ferris Smith. This is the same artist as the print I have. It is amazing as it changes with the outside ambient lighting. I can send you a scan of this if you like.
Again, I thank you for helping my search and my knowledge.

"DS", Iowa
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from Jim McW-- 26 February 2008:
We assume you mean this puzzle:
Sunset On The Grand Canal
"Sunset On The Grand Canal"
, by May Ferris Smith. [JIGGETY JIG, Series III, No. 1]
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[1942]from "ST"-- 19 Febuary 2008:
Hi I have" A Frame-Tray Puzzle Map" of the United States ... 1968 that is cut upsidedown from the print. I am interested in what you might know about it, or if you know who may help me find out more infomation. Here's 2 photos [below], in which you should be able to see what I mean about being cut upside down. The puzzle piece in the shape of Florida is cut to fit where Northren Califorina and Oregon are located. It was cut turned upside down 180 degrees. Have you ever seen this before? Any info would be great. Thank You

"ST"
US Map
" US Map "

US Map
" US Map "
[frame tray]
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from Jim McW-- 1 March 2008:
I see what you mean. No, I don't think I've ever seen such an error puzzle before. I'm not sure how much demand there is for puzzle errors, but it probably would qualify as "scarce", at least. In the manufacturing process, this kind of frame tray error might be difficult to catch. Has anyone else seen such an error?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1943]from "LV"-- 4 Febuary 2008:
I was just wondering if you could help me find the Tuco 100 piece puzzle entitled "Work before Play." thanks,
"LV", New Jersey
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from Jim McW-- 4 March 2008:
Someone sent this picture in once. Is it the right one?
Work Before Play " Work Before Play ", TUCO ADVANCED CHILDREN PUZZLE.
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[1944]from "PMA"-- 8 March 2008:
Hi again!
I have just completed this lovely puzzle from Victory, the Topical series. It is called " The Flying Scotsman". Do you have any idea how old it might be?

regards
"PMA"

The Flying Scotsman" The Flying Scotsman ", boxbox labellabel
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from Jim McW-- 4 March 2008:
We suspect it was probably issued in the 1950's or 1960's, based on the condition and the evident lack of a price on the label. Anyone have more information?
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[1945]from "JE"-- 8 March 2008:
This puzzle belonged to the mother of a friend of mine, who likely obtained it between 1915 and 1935, from an address written in her handwriting on the box. Thanks to your site I was able to identify it as a J Salmon, Ltd. I thought it would be nice to add another example to the site of this manufacturer.

I love your site, and use it a lot when vintage puzzles come my way!

"JE"

Academy Jig Sawman with team and wagon, title not known, J. SALMON ACADEMY JIG [wooden] boxbox labelside of box
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[1946]from "MCS"-- 10 March 2008:
I have spent the last couple of days reading your site and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Great site and I do appreciate all the hard work you've done on the site. I do have a question....about a series of Native American 100 piece puzzles [by Ravensburger]. I wanted to know how many there were in the series. You can see the 4 that I have completed [below]. I have found three more but am unable to find out how many are in the series. If you could help or point me in the right direction, I would very much appreciate it. Thanks!

"MCS"

4 Native American puzzlesfour Native American puzzles, RAVENSBURGERTM
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[1947]from "JP"-- 14 March 2008:
We have a puzzle from the Milton Bradley American Heritage Series of Civil War puzzles not pictured on your website. It appears to be the 3rd in the series. It is titled " The Battle of the Crater ", The Commonwealth Club, Richmond.

"JP", Wisconsin

Battle of the Crater" The Battle of the Crater ",
MILTON BRADLEY AMERICAN HERITAGE SERIESTM
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from Jim McW-- 4 March 2008:
We have heard of the battle, but not the puzzle. Thanks!
Does anyone know of any other titles in this series?
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[1948]from "WB"-- 15 March 2008:
Hello, I have a Tuco puzzle named " Backing Him Up " - two dogs hunting in field, pictures one complete dog and part of a second dog's head - series no.5980-C. The painting is by Stanford Fenelle. I was shopping at a store that sells 2nd hand items , and found this puzzle in the toy section. I go there alot as I like doing puzzles. Sorry, I have no way to send a picture. This Tuco puzzle was very intresting: wood-like pieces made of laminated wood fibre board. It is interlocking, has "the tuco work shop" with lamp logo on side of box. It also has a picture of a puzzle piece that says "Tuco the original" on it, also made in u.s.a. lockport,new york. I hope this helps. Do you have any idea what what year this might be from? The puzzle was in great condition, the box not bad - only one piece missing. Let me know if you have any information.

Thank you

"WB", Spokane, Washington
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from Jim McW-- 17 March 2008:
We believe TUCO didn't begin producing interlocking pieces until the late 1940's, at the earliest. I suspect yours was probably issued in the 1950's. We have never seen this one, so we appreciate the information very much. I think the basic design of the box is probably similar to a puzzle we have illustrated on our TUCO 1950's, Page 2, entitled "At the Waterhole".
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[1949]from "J15"-- 15 March 2008:
Hi there, have just bought a beautiful Good Companion jigsaw no. 47 entitled Leaving Harbour.
Please can anyone identify the ship and/or the Harbour for me?
I love all jigsaw puzzles, especially the Waddington circular ones and, now that I have discovered your site will regularly look to see if I can help fellow puzzlers in any way. many thanks

"J15", England


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from Jim McW-- 17 March 2008:
Welcome to the (online) community! Does anyone recognize the puzzle and the locale it depicts?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "J15" -- 12 May 2008:
Hi there this is a photo of the puzzle and the box. Hopefully someone might recognise it. Thanks for your help
"J15"
Leaving Harbour" Leaving Harbour ", GOOD COMPANION
Leaving Harbourbox, " Leaving Harbour "
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[1950]from "TB"-- 16 March 2008:
We found a puzzle marked Nu-Jig in a box purchased at an auction. I cannot find any information on it. It appears very old and the puzzle is of a parrot, about 9"x6". The box says "No. 13 'The Parrot' Nu-Jig Puzzle Interlocking 15 cents". No date or manufacturer is on the box. Not being familiar with antique puzzles, we are looking for some helpful information.
Thanks,

"TB", Indiana


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from Jim McW-- 17 March 2008:
We have heard of NU-ART or the old KRESGE line called NU-ONE. Anne Williams has listed Nu-Jig as being from the 1930's, but she seems to have little other information, so far as we are aware. Does anyone have any information?
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[1951]from "RB"-- 18 March 2008:
Hi. I work for a large Hospice Society. We have... setup a puzzle table where folks often spend many hours assembling jigsaws. We'd like to get some lighting to improve the experience, especially at night when the overhead lights are dimmed or extinguished. Is there a preferred type of bulb (florescent, halogen, incandescent, etc.) and/or preferred style (swingarm, hanging, clamp on, etc.) that you could recommend for us please? Thanks in advance and best regards.

"RB"


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from Jim McW-- 19 March 2008:
We have given a lot of thought to the problem of the best lighting for puzzle assembly. I cannot give you a definitive answer, but I personally favor working near a large window with strong (indirect) sunlight coming through. I would say, in general terms, then, that the lighting which best simulates that condition would be best. However, I'm not sure which type of artificial lighting would best do that. I also suspect that different kinds of lighting may be preferred by different individuals. Staff or consulting ophthalmologists may be able to make some suggestions.
Just as important as lighting is the kind of puzzle being assembled. For many people, puzzles with larger and/or thicker pieces may be the best, especially if manual dexterity is an issue. It is often more difficult to assemble puzzles in less than ideal lighting if there is a difficult array of colors in the picture. Lots of high-contrast details and many colors can sometimes make the puzzle more enjoyable. Last, the availability of a wide variety of puzzles is probably advisable for group living situations, including puzzles from 25 pieces to 2000 pieces.

Can anyone give us the benefit of your experience in this regard?

Thanks, Jim McW
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[1952]from "NCG"-- 19 March 2008:
Jim,
Just finished this lovely puzzle. Beautiful, isn't it?
Thanks!

"NCG"

Rounding the Capes" Rounding the Capes ", by ZIG-ZAG, of Chicago [wooden, approx. 400 pieces]
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from Jim McW-- 20 March 2008:
A really beautiful puzzle, I must say!
I had not noticed that the title is " Rounding the Capes ". I checked our database for similar titles, and I found these:
Rounding the Capes    Rounding the Capes" Rounding the Capes ", TUCO [1932-33]

Some of our own citations have the title as "Rounding the Cape", but Chris McCann shows it as "Rounding the Capes".
Does anyone know the artist?
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[1953]from "SK"-- 22 March 2008:
I have the FALCON 3000 piece puzzle illustrated on this site and described as “Interior of a Collector’s Cabinet” by Jan van Kessel. On the box, however, it’s called “The Allegory of Sight”.

I see that Ravensburger currently sell a 2000 piece “Allegory of Sight”. This painting is, I believe, by Jan Brueghel and Pieter Paul Rubens and is in the Prado.

The curious thing is that these pictures are nearly identical, but not quite. The paintings in the lower right-hand corner are different, and the telescope is in a different position. Can anyone throw any light on this?

"SK"
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from Jim McW-- 22 March 2008:
We were able to quickly find at least one other, similar title: CLEMENTONITM has published a 6000-piece puzzle entitled, " Allegory of Sight and Smell ", by Brueghel. We also learned that this genre, " allegories ", was quite common in the 17th century. It is possible that we made a mistake on the original citation. It is also possible that there may have been two very similar works.
Can anyone corroborate the correct title for this FALCONTM puzzle? I have been unable to confirm the artist as van Kessel.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "SK"-- 24 March 2008:
Yes, there are apparently five paintings in the Brueghel "Allegory" series. The Clementoni puzzle is a different painting from this series.

The Falcon puzzle is definitely titled "The Allegory of Sight" as it's on the box, but no artist is named. ...If you look at the Ravensburger puzzle you will notice the small differences between the two pictures. The Ravensburger version is the one in the Prado, but I can't find an image of the Falcon variation anywhere else.

It is a super puzzle to do, as there is so much going on and so many objects. It would be nice if the other paintings in the series were available as puzzles.

"SK"
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[1954]from "AL"-- 22 March 2008:
I have two complete puzzles that are a J.K. Straus product. They both have "The Monitor Puzzle" in bold letters on the front of the box and the number 500 at the bottom. One is titled Peaceful Valley and the other is Welcome Home. Both are of a winter and Cristmas theme. I would like to know when these were made so that I can share this history with my family as we put them together from time to time. Thank you so very much for your time.

"AL", Pennsylvania
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from Jim McW-- 22 March 2008:
We had not heard of such a series, but Anne Williams does mention them briefly in one of her many publications as having been produced by J.K. STRAUS in the 1940's.
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[1955]from "FH"-- 23 March 2008:
Hello, could this be the Tuco puzzle "The Stagecoach"?
This was found in a Playtime House box with a totally different picture on the front, the thick pieces can't be anything but Tuco that I know of, much fun to put it together even though missing 14 pieces. It would be 18x12=216. I was looking through your Tuco puzzle names for small puzzles and found "The Stagecoach" listed with no photo and wonder if this is it?

Happy Easter,

"FH" covered wagoncovered wagon, uncertain puzzle and maker.
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from Jim McW-- 23 March 2008:
We cannot say for sure, but we regard this as an unlikely identification. This puzzle reminds us of a JAYMAR series called " FRONTIER DAYS " [see no. 1640, Page 101], at least some of which were apparently based on television shows or movies. The riding stance of the cowboy beside the wagon reminds us very much of Allan "Rocky" Lane. Does anyone recognize this puzzle?
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from Jim McW-- 23 March 2008:
We just found another instance of this same picture on our TUBBY page. TUBBY was a PLAYTIME HOUSE series. Someone sent this picture in back in 2000, but we feel sure the puzzles were published between 1945 and 1957.
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[1956]from "JG"-- 29 March 2008:
Hi-

I hope someone can help me - I am looking for a puzzle, probably 500-1000 piece called "Can Can". I know it was on the market somewhere about 1979-1983, and was a grouping of vintage advertsing cans all stacked. My guess is that it was a Springbok, but after cruising the Springbok sites I cannot locate it. I'm sure my parents purchased it in a Hallmark or another specialty shop back then. I have seen a couple of other vintage can puzzles, but I am sure about the name "Can Can". I really would like to locate one as it has tremendous sentimental value to me. Any help would be sincerely appreciated! Thank you-

"JG", New York
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from Jim McW-- 30 March 2008:
If you're correct that it was a SPRINGBOK, you may be thinking of one of the following:
Tins from Simpler Times" Tins from Simpler Times ", 1981
Sweet Yesterdays" Sweet Yesterdays ", 1997
What's Your Pleasure?" What's Your Pleasure? ", 1975

We can find no title such as "Can Can" for any puzzle maker.

Anyone have other ideas?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "D16" -- 21 April 2008:
Jim, ...

By the way, in reference to a question from JG, New York, regarding the Can Can puzzle. [See no. 1969, below] I recently worked that puzzle, sadly it was missing so many pieces and was in poor condition so I did not keep it, but I did take a picture. I don't recall the manufacturer but it was not Springbok, Battle Road, or Eaton. The box was large, bright blue, about 14 inches square and the title was Can Can, about 500 pieces. Hope this might be helpful in their search.
"D16", Florida
Can Can" Can Can "
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[1957]from "MB"-- 1 April 2008:
Hi-

I purchased 2 used puzzles made by KIBRI, boxes say made in West Germany so that gives me a timeline of their production.
The pictures on the boxes are of 1960 type houses. The puzzles inside are completly different. One a round puzzle with an old thatched roof type house and one a thatched roof type house set in a garden. Is this just a case of someone put them in whatever box was handy or did the conmpany produce puzzles with a picture other than was in the box?

"MB", Virginia
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from Jim McW-- 30 March 2008:
We are not familiar with this maker. Is there any other text on the boxes? Pictures of the boxes and puzzles might help us, although we are not experts on puzzles of Germany.

Has any of you heard of KIBRI?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "MB" -- 10 April 2008:
I think I have figured it out. Looking more closely at the boxes, it seems that they may be from kits for model railroad layouts. Guess someone just put the puzzles in whatever box, and KIBRI made model railroads.
"MB", Virginia
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[1958]from "BN"-- 2 April 2008:
I have recently acquired two Whitman Deluxe Guild Picture Puzzles from the Series #203: TAXCO SILVER SHOP and ST JOE RIVER. Both are 340 pieces. Both are complete and in very good shape. I was wondering what year they were made. The cans say the price was 49cents--WOW!!

Thank-you for the information in advance,

"BN", Indiana
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from Jim McW-- 3 April 2008:
We are not sure, but we suspect the 1960's. Anyone have more definite information on this dating? [See the COMPREHENSIVE LIST of WHITMAN TITLES, Pages 14 through 16 for DELUXE GUILD.]
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