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[2060]from "3S"-- 17 April 2009:

Hello -

My father was the photographer for some of the Warren Paper puzzles. My sisters and I are sitting on the minuature train, and the 'carpenter' in your last puzzle was the son of my dad's partner.

I am seeking more of my father's puzzles.

Thank you

"3S"

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from Jim McW -- 17 April 2009:
See no 241, Page 18, and no 1738, Page 106, as well as our STA-N-PLACE page.

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[2061]from "JSK"-- 6 April 2009:

My mother swears her mother (my grandmother) had a Cinderella puzzle box by Milton Bradley as a child. She also believes it is in her attic. We have checked the attic and found several old puzzles but no such puzzle. Is she misguided or did such a puzzle exist? I have searched the web and your site - did not find any guidance. Thank you in advance for any help or direction you can provide.

"JSK"

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from Jim McW -- 20 April 2009:
We have been searching our library and database, but we find nothing specific or definite. We think it very possible that her memory is essentially accurate, but we cannot confirm it. Can any of our readers suggest a possibe answer?

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[2062]from "ABJB"-- 26 April 2009:

During the early war years I had two jigsaw puzzles, possibly by Waddingtons. One featured Trawlers being bombed and the second a harbour view but part of the puzzle design was as if the picture had a wooden frame.

Can anyone enlighten me as to their names and if anyone still has them in their attic?

Thank you

"ABJB", Wales

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from Jim McW -- 20 September 2009:
We have been searching our library and database, with the following results, none of which seems to match your description exactly:
Epics of the War "British Navy Drives Off Nazi Bombers", WILLIAMS ELLIS, EPICS OF THE WAR
Epics of the War "British Navy Drives Off Nazi Bombers", WILLIAMS ELLIS, EPICS OF THE WAR
Some other naval titles from this series are "The Glorious Attack at Taranto" and "The Miracle of Dunkirk"

Can anyone suggest possible titles for the enquirer?

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[2063]from "DP"-- 30 April 2009:

My mother-in-law picked up this puzzle at a yard sale for $1. I've been researching to see if I can find out anything about it and to see if it has any value - can you help?
Its made of wood and as you can see by the picture, the pieces are extremely intricate. All of the pieces are there, there seem to be about 90-100. The completed size is just a shade under 8"x6".
After browsing through your website, this picture resembles another hunting scene by TUCO.
Anything that you can tell me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

"DP"
hunting scenehunting scene, unknown maker and title.

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[2064]from "CL"-- 4 May 2009:

I have three childrenís board puzzles I picked up a few years ago at a yard sale. They have Donald Art Co. N.Y. in the left corner and BUK maybe A and maybe Y it is very artistically written and I canít determine the letters for sure. They look older and they are of a boy and girl with the girl holding red book, a little girl in a red dress surrounded by flowers and a white picket fence in the background, and two girls with aprons on in a kitchen one holding a birthday cake with 4 candles on it. I have tried to find out about them but have been unable to get any information. I would appreciate your help.

"CL"

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[2065]from "JM"-- 4 May 2009:

I would like read some history of the WILKIE company.
Do you know where I can find anything? My google searches have turned up very little.

Thank you for your help.

"JM"

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from Jim McW -- 4 May 2009:
We have published all the information we have found about WILKIE on our site. See, for instance, our WILKIE page.

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[2066]from "CL"-- 7 May 2009:

I'm planning to do a project on jigsaw puzzles, and am particularly interested in getting in contact with persons or organizations involved in arranging contests or conventions on the subject. Do you have any information on up-coming events in the U.S or in Europe?

Sincerely,

"CL", Oslo, Norway

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from Jim McW -- 7 May 2009:
We do not remember ever hearing of a jigsaw puzzle competition in Europe. We are not aware of one in the U.S. since about ten or fifteen years ago.

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[2067]from "R11"-- 11 May 2009:

How do I mount a shaped jigsaw?

"R11"

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from Jim McW -- 17 May 2009:
We have never mounted a jigsaw puzzle of any kind, so we can't give you advice from our own experience. However, a number of people have contributed opinions and information on this site, for your perusal. The easiest way to find these references on our site is to go to our FAQ page.
If, by "shaped", you mean a jigsaw puzzle with an outline shaped other than rectangular, then the method of framing is basically the same as for a rectangularly shaped puzzle. You simply have to use a matting technique to properly frame the puzzle. If you refer to a puzzle with non-uniform thickness or to a three-dimensional puzzle, that would, of course, be a much more complicated question.

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[2068]from "AR"-- 14 May 2009:

Re: Vintage Circular Presidential Seal Puzzle

To Whom it may concern,

I wonder if you can help me. I have been remembering an old puzzle that my parents had when I was a little girl in the early 1980s. I believe my mother got it at a garage sale or some sort of secondhand shop in Maryland. It was a circular puzzle depicting the presidential seal in the center with images of the presidents surrounding it. I believe JFK may have been the last president on the puzzle. It seems to me that it may have been a wood puzzle but Iím not sure. I remember that the pieces did not interlock very well, but rather seemed to lay next to each other rather precariously. It seemed to me that there were several hundred pieces.

Have you heard of such a puzzle? Any idea where I could purchase such a puzzle today? If not, do you have any suggestions on how or where to search for it?

I greatly enjoyed your site! Youíve found some beautiful puzzles!!

Thank you so much for your time.

"AR", Orlando, FL

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from Jim McW -- 17 May 2009:
We know of three different puzzles which might answer this description. See Q&A no. 1200, Page 76. I suspect you may be thinking of a puzzle similar to this:
US Presidents" Presidents of the United States ", MILTON BRADLEY [early 1970's?]

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[2069]from "PMA"-- 17 May 2009:

Hi!
I would like to share with you a Ponda-puzzle marked "The Lone Ranger at Bay, T.V. Series". It is from series C15a. I guess Ponda was a British maker, but Lone Ranger must be an american series.

When was Lone Ranger popular?

Best regards,

"PMA"
Lone Ranger at Bay" The Lone Ranger at Bay ", PONDA [1950's?]

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from Jim McW -- 17 May 2009:
The Lone Ranger was popular from the early 1930's, but Clayton Moore, who is the actor in the puzzle above, was famous for his portrayal of the Lone Ranger from 1949 or 1950, until his death, many years later. We suspect his fame extended far beyond the borders of the USA.

We had thought that PONDA produced puzzles in the 1930's, but, if you have solid evidence that this puzzle was truly produced by PONDA, that would strongly indicate their continued existence into the early 1950's.

Thanks, Jim McW
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from "PMA" -- 18 May 2009:
Hi Jim!
Sending the pictures you asked for. The box is a bit worn, but most of it is readable.

Regards,

"PMA"
guide pictureguide picture," The Lone Ranger at Bay ", PONDA [1950's?]
labellabel
sealseal
labelseries/price label
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from "FH" -- 15 August 2009:
I am writing to you regarding Ponda Puzzles. My late father was a director of the company until he died in 1962 after moving the company to Northern Ireland (Coleraine, I think). I understand that the company was subsequently sold to Waddingtons. I have seen a reference from 1960 to the premises in London Road,Hollington (near Hastings in East Sussex), and certainly that is where the factory was located until 1962, when my father was responsible for moving it to Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, very soon after we relocated to Ireland, my father died and we lost touch with the company, although we did hear that it had been taken over by Waddingtons circa 1964/65. I do not know whether the company remained in Northern Ireland after my father's death. If not, that may account for there being little information about its existence over there. I do wonder sometimes about the origin of the name, Ponda, for instance, whether it may refer to the city in India.
Kind regards,
"FH"
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[2070]from "MRE"-- 12 June 2009:

RE: sure-lox 500 piece puzzles by Patricia Govezensky

I have "Best Friends", made by Sure-Lox CO. Where can I buy the remaining three puzzles in the series, "Celebration of Women", by artist Patricia Govezensky. They are titled "Tea Time", "Sisters", & "Ladies Night".
Thanks much

"MRE"

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from Jim McW -- 20 June 2009:
We believe SURE-LOX is made in Australia. In any case, we know very little about the brand or the company which produces it.

Can anyone help us to find venues for purchasing SURE-LOX puzzles?

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from "KY" -- 25 June 2009:
Sure-Lox are sold at Wal-Mart and Walgreen's. I have seen this series at WM. know I have seen these individal puzzles, and maybe in a boxed set of 10 puzzles there.

"KY", Missouri
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[2071]from "KB"-- 18 June 2009:

To Whom it May Concern,
I recently purchased a couple of Animal Awareness puzzles (Horse World and Action Dogs by Elizabeth Ansell) and they both cut the images off at the borders. In other words, I am not able to complete the entire image that is shown on the box because the puzzle cuts off part of the dog or horse. I do have one puzzle by the same company called, Horse Trials, that is perfect. I was wondering if I received defective puzzles or if these particular designs all look like this. It's really a shame because the images on the boxes are beautiful. I emailed the main company in England and another store, but I got no response. Please get back to me, as I would like to find these same puzzles in their entirety.
Also, I was wondering if you knew who manufactures a puzzle that I received several years ago that pictures several breeds of horses and has a grey cat in the middle. I put this together with puzzle glue, but the box that it came in was thrown out. The artists initials are D.I.H., I believe. I was wondering if there are other horse/animal puzzles like this because the one I have is so pretty.

Thanks,

"MRE"

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from Jim McW -- 20 June 2009:
We have the vague impression that these were published about ten years ago, more or less. We're not sure who the producer was (or is).

Can anyone help us with either of these two questions?

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[2072]from "PL"-- 27 June 2009:

Sir,

I'm still looking in your collection but I don't find my puzzle.
So, I [have sent you a picture - below].

Greetings from Holland

"PL"
The Netherlands

Carefree Days" Carefree Days ", MILTON BRADLEY BIG BEN

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from Jim McW -- 27 June 2009:
We have not seen this puzzle previously. I believe it is Type 4, according to Richard Ballhagen's classification. He estimates the publication date as 1940's or 1950's.

Thanks so much for sharing the picture of a great, classic puzzle, Jim McW
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[2073]from "NG"-- 16 July 2009:

Sir:

I am looking for a puzzle that we had as children. It was a 1000 piece German puzzle of a saloon or bar scene with cartoon type people. Very colorful and curious. I have been searching for several months without any luck. Thanks,

"NG"

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from Jim McW -- 17 June 2009:
I doubt this is the one, but it is the nearest to what you describe that I can recall.
This is an old puzzle from 1932-1933, artwork by Tony Sarg.:

Animals in a Speakeasy" Animals in a Speakeasy ", SIMON & SCHUSTER INNER SANCTUM PUZZLE. See No. 946, Page 63, for a bit more on this puzzle.

It would help to know what decade the puzzle was published, approximately. Perhaps, you can add some details to your description.

Thanks, Jim McW
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from "NG" -- 18 June 2009:
Jim, The time frame would be about 1956.

With appreciation for a speedy response.
"NG"
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from Jim McW -- 19 June 2009:
Well, I didn't much think that was the one of which you spoke, anyway. The one we illustrate was published much earlier than 1956. Can anyone recall a 1000-piece puzzle from the 1950's, the subject of which was saloon or bar cartoon?

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[2074]from "KO"-- 18 July 2009:

Hello - purchased a Five Star Whitman puzzle from an antique store and wanted to share it with you. It is number 2082 and is a canal scene. Your website showed that you are still researching puzzles from this era (1932-1935) and I thought this information might be of help. You have a wonderful website.

"KO"

canal scenecanal scene, unknown title, FIVE STAR ADULT JIG PICTURE PUZZLE

boxbox, canal scene, unknown title

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from Jim McW -- 19 June 2009:
You can see a bit more on the FIVE STAR ADULT JIG PICTURE PUZZLE, in no. 778, Page 54, and no. 152, Page 11. Thanks for sharing your puzzle with all of us!

Happy puzzling, Jim McW
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[2075]from "L22"-- 22 July 2009:

Hello. Years ago, when I was a teenager, I had this lovely puzzle produced by Kodacolor. Unfortunately, some pieces went missing so I was never able to complete the puzzle. I do not have the picture nor do I remember the title. However, I can describe it. It was a picture of a Clydesdale running over snow in winter in a natural landscape. I would like to know the title of that puzzle and a picture to go with it to see if I can replace it.

"L22"

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