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[190]from "AH"-4 June 2001:
I am desperate to find an Anne Geddes puzzle that is a scene with a baby asleep on top of a sideways pumpkin. It is probably 500 pieces or 1000. Please help me locate this rare, hard to find puzzle. "AH"
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from Jim McW--5 June 2001:
Try looking on the websites listed on our LINKS page, such as :
Nancy Ballhagen's puzzles, or A Leisure Store
Both these sites have some Geddes puzzles.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[191]from "BA"-4 June 2001:
Hi, I recently found a puzzle of Alice in Wonderland in a closet put out by HARETT-GILMAR,INC.
What can you tell me about the puzzle, when was it made and does it have any monitary value as I am getting rid of things and would like to know if something has any value before I put them in my garage sale..I collect small wooden children's puzzles and also was wondering where to find old ones and how much I should expect to pay for them..I really didn't know so many people were interested in puzzles... "BA"
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from Jim McW--13 June 2001:
These are popular puzzles, but we have seldom seen prices climb very high. The value depends a lot on the particulars of the puzzle and who is bidding. If two people both want a puzzle very much, the price is liable to soar, regardless of the usual price level.
As for the small wooden puzzles, one may look at garage sales, estate sales, flea markets, church bazaars, and at on-line auction sites.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[192]from "KF"-4 June 2001:
Hi, your site is terrific. I found it today while trying to research a puzzle. I have a 250 piece puzzle distributed by the American News Company. The picture is Maxfield Parrish's print "Queen's Page." From what I can gather by reading the box, it is number one in a series of weekly Maxfield Parrish puzzles. The price on the box is a quarter. The box is 8 in ches in length, 2 inches high and 5 inches across. Other than that, I know nothing about this puzzle. Can you help?
Thanks, "KF"
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from Jim McW--9 June 2001:
According to Anne Williams, Jigsaw Puzzles, An Illustrated History and Price Guide, some puzzles distributed by the American News Company were produced by Viking Manufacturing Company and others by Einson-Freeman Company, Inc. The puzzle was probably produced in the 1930's. Can you send us a picture?
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "KF"--11 June 2001:

Jim,
Per your request I have attached a picture of the Maxfield Parrish puzzle and its box. Any info you can provide is appreciated. Thanks. "KF"
Queen's Page "Queen's Page", Jig of Jigs. Queen's Page Box, "Queen's Page", Jig of Jigs.

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from Jim McW--12 June 2001:
Definitely from the 30's, a beautiful puzzle and highly collectible.
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Verl Cook--17 July 2001:
I have seen this puzzle sell for over $100 on internet auctions several times. However, this is #1 or #2 in a series of 4 and is one of the most common of the four. Verl Cook
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[193]from "BCCW"-6 June 2001:
title unknown "Big 3 Picture Puzzle"
hi i came across a big 3 picture puzzle , the box looks old to me, and i was wondering if it is worth anything. thank you, "BCCW"
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from Jim McW--8 June 2001:
Does anyone recognize this line of puzzles? Have any info? If so, please let us know.
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "BCCW"--14 June 2001:
The big three puzzle is by Saalfield, 1949. Artist signed, Angela Tuite. Is it a collectable? I also found "Little Black Sambo", the one where the mother is putting on his coat and umbrella? thanks in advance
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from Jim McW--14 June 2001:
We simply are not familiar with either of these puzzles, although they sound like collectibles. A lot depends on how many people see them and want them.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[194]from "The Old Farm"-8 June 2001:
I have a regent puzzle, "Autumn's Golden Fleece". The box is a little worn, but the puzzle is in very good shape. I think i have a oddity as my father always said it was. It is printed on the wrong side of the stock. The back is a white smooth finish with nice smooth edges. The print looks (and almost for sure it was) printed on the gray dull side of the stock which is meant to be the back of the puzzle.
How would someone price something like this, as i have been told i may have to contact a auction house? Could it be as rare as a stamp or a coin that has been printed wrong? We are farmers and have kept many things that my father left us, as he was certain that this would be a good puzzle in the market one day. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Thanks
"The Old Farm"
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from Jim McW--8 June 2001:
Do the box and puzzle look anything like these photos from our files?
Regent puzzle box Regent puzzle box. Autumn's Golden Fleece "Autumn's Golden Fleece"
The puzzle picture is from an early Tuco.[note: The picture is similar, but this box is obviously different from "The Old Farm"'s puzzle box: see below - Jim McW
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "The Old Farm"--10 June 2001:
Pictures of the puzzle and box:
Autumn's Golden Fleece "Autumn's Golden Fleece", Regent. back of puzzle "back of puzzle"
Autumn's Golden Fleece Box, "Autumn's Golden Fleece" Autumn's Golden Fleece Box End

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from "The Old Farm"--10 June 2001:
Here is a slip that was also in the regent box:
Autumn's Golden Fleece Order Form (1930's), "Autumn's Golden Fleece"

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[195]from "The Old Farm"-9 June 2001:
Here is a photo of another puzzle and game, we our thinking, the beginning of 1900? It's called guardian angel.
Guardian Angel "The Guardian Angel" Guardian Angelbag Guardian Angelbag
This is in a bag that it was sold in, it even says, don't use puzzle if seal is broke, nice puzzle, would it bring a nice price? I have many puzzles. This puzzle says a 100 pieces, but it's complete, but only has 90 pieces.
Thanks
"The Old Farm"
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from Jim McW--10 June 2001:
You may be right about the age of the puzzle, but I would guess the 1930's, although the original picture came from an earlier era, no doubt.
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Jim McW--22 June 2001:
"The Old Farm" occasionally sells old jigsaw puzzles on internet auctions. See their Current Auctions Page.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[196]from "TLJ"-9 June 2001:
Hello. I was wondering if you might have any information for me. I had a puzzle as a child, early-mid 1970's that was a winter scene with animals wearing coats and jackets skating on a lake and playing in the snow on the side of the lake. I'm recalling there were at least 30-40 different animals in the puzzle. Do you have any idea where I can find this puzzle?
Thanks for your help. "TLJ"
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[197]from "SV"-10 June 2001:
Can anyone give me any information on this puzzle?
Copper Queen"Copper Queen", Whitman Gold Seal Series 525. [ID by Chris McCann]
I remember having the puzzle around the house in the 60's when I was growing up. I think it had 1000 pieces. When we moved to another state it disappeared. I found a print of the picture of the puzzle in an art shop. I would like to know what the title is, who made it, and if possible, is there one around to buy? I would appreciate any help. Thank you. "SV"
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[198]from "JS"-11 June 2001:
I am looking for springbok puzzles #4504 titled playball , #6180 titled hats off to the major leagues and #4463 titles the old ball game. Please let me know if you have these or where I may find them. Thank you for your time. "JS"
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[199]from "LC"-12 June 2001:
I am looking for puzzles by Thomas McKnight. They were produced by Ceaco, Inc. in 1996. If you know of anywhere I can find them, please let me know. Thank you "LC"
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[200]from "ARJ"-12 June 2001:
Dear Milton Bradley,
I had a fire in my home and one of my most precious puzzles was destroyed. It was of a mother and baby elephant. I am desperate to replace. I am praying that the puzzle is still available for purchase from Milton Bradley. If you would please tell me where I can purchase another or something similar, I would be so grateful. Thank you in advance for your assistance and quick response. "ARJ"
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from Jim McW--13 June 2001:
As may be seen by this inquiry and the next two, people occasionally get the impression that we represent various puzzle companies. We do not. We simply try to provide a place on the internet where people can discuss and learn about jigsaw puzzles. We have our own collection of jigsaw puzzles, and we do keep a page or two of puzzles from our collection which we are selling, but they are almost all previously worked. If anyone has suggestions as to how we can clarify the wording of our pages as to our "non-affiliation" with any puzzle company, we are "all ears".
As to this particular puzzle,
Mother and Baby Elephants "Mother and Baby Elephants", a Big Ben puzzle,
it's one we like very much, and we may even have one in our collection. We'll try to find it, if we do, and let you know.
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Jim McW--15 June 2001:
We do have one, previously worked, of unknown completeness, box in good shape.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[201]from "DLN"-12 June 2001:
I have purchased several of the Kodacolor puzzles "Decades" and the "Forbes Collection". There are several I do not have and can't find in the stores. Do you have a site where I can order these puzzles? If not can you inform me as to where I should write to order them. The ones I would like to order are:
"The Presentation Box", " The Fancy Dress Ball", "Eternal Blooms". These are from the Kodacolor Forbes Collection 750 pieces.
From the Kodacolor Decades Collection 750 pieces I would like to order, "1940", "1960" . I do have "1930", and "1950". "DLN"
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from Jim McW--13 June 2001:
Please see comments in number 200, above. We will keep our eyes open for a place to order these puzzles. Any ideas, anyone?
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Nancy Ballhagen--13 June 2001:
Hi DLN, I see you are looking for the Decades and Forbes collection from Rose Art. I have all the Forbes collection (4) and all but the '50 s Decades collection in my store at this time. If you email me at misspuzzle@tds.net, I can give you pricing and shipping information. I do have an on line catalog
[ Nancy Ballhagen's puzzles ] but don't know if these puzzles are in it. Hope to hear from you. Nancy Ballhagen

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[202]from "HM"-12 June 2001:
Please send me catalogue of your jigsaw puzzles. This is my favorite hobby! thank you very much!!!!!!!
from Jim McW--13 June 2001:
A printed catalogue would be far too expensive and time-consuming for us to be practical. Please see comments in number 200, above. We will keep our eyes open for a place to order these puzzles. Any ideas, anyone?
Thanks, Jim McW

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[203]from "RLC"-15 June 2001:
I found a children's puzzle in my grandmother's home. The side of the box shows the following information:
Children's Puzzles
Number 200
Made in U.S.A.
Consolidated Paper Box Co.
Somerville, Mass
The front of the box shows the following:
Jig-Cut-Nearly 100 Pieces
Two Interesting Pictures
The first puzzle is one that says COWBOYS and shows two little boys on horses riding around with a lasso on a country hill side.
The second puzzle is a picture of various farm animals running around. A dog named Puppy Sam, who is riding a chicken, is suppose to be the traffic signal for all the farm animals. There is a small << SAFETY >> story printed on the puzzle itself.
My Grandmother had other puzzles as well, very similar to these. I am trying to find out the history of these puzzles or of the Consolidated Paper Box Co. Which, I haven't been very successful at. Please advise if you can help. I think your website is the only puzzle history wesite on the internet.
Thanks a bunch! "RLC"
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from Jim McW--15 June 2001:
Well, first of all, you can find some basic info about Consolidated on some pages of our site ( including Perfect Picture Puzzles, Big 10 Puzzles, and Big Star Puzzles ). Secondly, you can go to our LINKS page to find some other great jigsaw puzzle websites, as well as info on Anne Williams' important book, Jigsaw Puzzles, An Illustrated History and Price Guide, which has more information about Consolidated.
Can you send us pictures of some of the puzzles?
Thanks, Jim McW

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