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[204]from "risis"-15 June 2001:
Hello,
What would I do if I wanted some of those puzzles [Springboks]? Do you know where I could find them and could I have some price ranges. I like the "Oriental Harmony" "To Bean or not to Bean" "St. Basil's Cathedral" "Sweet Yesterdays" "Noah's Ark" "The Last Supper" "Chums" "Valley of Temples, Oahu, Hawaii" "A Special Time." Thanx,
"risis"
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from Jim McW--15 June 2001:
Springbok puzzles are very popular. You may look at on-line auction sites, garage sales, estate sales, and flea markets. We will try to keep our eyes peeled for those titles. If you find them, you might expect to pay anywhere from 25 cents to 25 dollars.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[205]from "RMG"-15 June 2001:
Hi, I would like to know if you could give me some information. My wife and I are collecting the Thomas Kinkade 1000pc. & 500pc puzzles. I have all of the 500 pc. and all but 3 of the 1000pc. My question is - I cannot find out from anyone, even the internet sites or even Kinkade's web-site, - What is the name of the puzzle #3310-3. If you could please help me on this information, I would appreciate it very much. I have even had people to look in catalogues and cannot get any help. Thanks for your time and trouble.
"RMG"
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from Jim McW--15 June 2001:
You're not going to like this answer! Look at Question no. 87, on Page 7. You'll find that you're not the only one unable to find 3310-3. Has anyone found this puzzle?
Thanks, Jim McW
PS-- And, where are these catalogues of which you speak?!

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from Nancy Ballhagen--15 June 2001:
Hi RMG, I am not sure but I think the -3 puzzle you are looking for is called "Sweetheart Cottage". If I can find one of my old catalogs (Ceaco) I will let you know for sure. Just for your information, Ceaco remade a few old ones last fall, but that was not one of them, as far as I know. The last 6 are still available, but the ones before that are no longer in print. Also there are 6 new ones (1000 piece) that will be available shortly, there were 3 new 500 piece ones this year. "Stairway to Heaven", "Spring Gate", and my mind has gone blank for the 3rd one, (wouldn't you know it). Do you have the "sticks" shaped pieces ones? I think there is 4 with straight stick-shaped pieces, and 2 with curved shaped pieces. They are in my on-line catalog [ Nancy Ballhagen's puzzles]. There is supposed to be either 2 or 4 (I think) ones coming out, containing music CD's with the puzzle. I am getting an order shortly and will have them on the web page as soon as possible after we get them, maybe sometime next week. There was also 2 new of the Deluxe 3 pack ones this year, we have one of them and are hopefully getting the second one in our shipment. Hope you find what you are looking for. Nancy
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from Nancy Ballhagen--20 June 2001:
We did get the 6 new 1000 piece Kinkades in yesterday and the other new Delux 3 pack. Check it out on the web page under Kinkade. Nancy [ Nancy Ballhagen's puzzles]
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[206]from "The Old Farm"-10 June 2001:
This puzzle is excellent - it looks as if it was just opened. I saw one on another site, but the border pieces are narrower. The box is in good shape.
Rounding the Cape "Rounding the Cape", a Tuco "Art Picture Puzzle". Rounding the Capebox Rounding the Capeback of box.
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"The Old Farm"
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from Jim McW--17 June 2001:
This puzzle is from the 1930's.
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "The Old Farm"--24 June 2001:
All puzzles are up on the internet, users name vassho
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from Jim McW--24 June 2001:
We have added a link to "The Old Farm"'s page of "Current Auctions", on our LINKS page.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[207]from "The Old Farm"-10 June 2001:
This puzzle is in very good shape, the box is good, all pieces are there, the size is 12X16 series B4. Any information is welcome
Italian Garden "Italian Garden", a Jig Time puzzle. Italian Gardenbox
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"The Old Farm"
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from Jim McW--17 June 2001:
This puzzle is from the 1930's.
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "The Old Farm"--24 June 2001:
All puzzles are up on the internet, users name vassho
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from Jim McW--24 June 2001:
We have added a link to "The Old Farm"'s page of "Current Auctions", on our LINKS page.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[208]from "The Old Farm"-10 June 2001:
This is a very fine puzzle, but one piece is missing, may be hard to come across another, but i have heard of people making pieces. The piece missing is a simple piece with not much detail, and it is not one of the more important pieces of the puzzle. It's the brick street on the right bottom of the puzzle. Any info would be appreciated,
Dutch Gossip "Dutch Gossip", a Zig-Zaw puzzle. Dutch Gossipbox
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"The Old Farm"
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from Jim McW--17 June 2001:
This puzzle is from the 1930's, made by the "Pleasent Pastime Company".
Thanks, Jim McW

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from "The Old Farm"--24 June 2001:
All puzzles are up on internet, users name vassho
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from Jim McW--24 June 2001:
We have added a link to "The Old Farm"'s page of "Current Auctions", on our LINKS page.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[209]from "BCCW"-18 June 2001:
thank you all so much for the responses. it's a big help. Now I came across some others just like the little black sambo. I think they go together they are little red riding hood. the three bears and little red hen. Also came across some puzzles with ALL FAIR in the corner and can't find info on them. they have the diffent shape animal pieces and little pictures on the backings. thank you
"BCCW"
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from Jim McW--19 June 2001:
What shape and size are the containers of the fairy tale puzzles? As for the All-Fair, does the box look anything like this one?:
All-Fair Jolly TimeAll-Fair Jolly Time [1930's]
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[210]from "SKP"-18 June 2001:
Hello, I have an old Tuco puzzle that I am trying to date. The name of the picture is PATH ALONG THE SEINE...12x16..stock 2508. Box is red and yellow with the words PICTURE PUZZLE written in script. Title is written in red. I did not find it in your display.
Thanks.
"SKP"
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from Jim McW--20 June 2001:
This is probably the puzzle to which you're referring:
Path Along the Seine"Path Along the Seine", Tuco.
As for dating your puzzle, the best tool which we can make available on this site, is the Tuco Box Styles page. Find the box which most closely resembles that of your puzzle. It sounds as though it is probably one of SM13-SM17, all of which we believe to have been produced circa 1948-1957. Hope this helps. Jim McW

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[211]from "SKP"-18 June 2001:
Hello, I am trying to date a Guild picture puzzle., 18 x 15 1/2, Whitman Publishing. #2900. Box is blue with "Guild" in script inside what appears to be an artist's palette. The title is Sailboat at Argentavil by Claude Monet.....Puzzle has the artist's signature. Can you tell me the date? Thank you.
"SKP"
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from Jim McW--20 June 2001:
To be perfectly honest, we do not know that much about the dating of Guild puzzles. From your description, I would say the late 40's to the 50's, but that's rather vague, and just a guess, at that. I know there's at least one or two people out there who must have a pretty good idea of the approximate date, but it would probably help for them to be able to see a picture or scan of the box. Thanks, Jim McW
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[212]from "SF"-19 June 2001:
Hi, I am a collector of schim schimmel puzzles and I am having a hard time finding them. The ones that I have been collecting are put out by milton bradley and hasboro. I really don't care who puts them out I would just like to find a place I can get them. I have checked different places on the web but they only have three or four of them and they are ones I already have. If you can help me that would be great. Thanks a lot,
"SF"
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from Jim McW--20 June 2001:
For now, I would suggest that you try the on-line puzzle stores for which we have links, on our LINKS PAGE. Anyone have any leads? Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--21 June 2001:
Hi Jim, In response to SF #212 I have 3 Shimmel puzzles (I think) on the web page [ Nancy Ballhagen's puzzles ], (under Shimmel in the menu). They were put out by Nathan and we can not get them any more as far as I know. I don't know if MB will have any this year. Nancy
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[213]from Michael-20 June 2001:
I've recently finished a 4000 pce. jigsaw.The size is 54 inches by 39 inches (approx). I'd really like to put it on some form of backing and hang it up on a wall, but I can't find material big enough. I haven't even managed to get any advice from shops here in London. Can anyone out there help me please? I love the picture and it would break my heart to have to break it up.
Michael in London June 2oth. 2001
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from Jim McW--20 June 2001:
Well, I'm not enthusiastic about mounting puzzles, because they may tend to fade with prolonged exposure to sunlight. However, I know that many people do like to display their favorite puzzles, and there is two pertinent questions (nos. 93 and 103 ) on these pages. I seem to recall, also, that at least one of the on-line puzzle stores on our LINKS page offers puzzle glue. They may have suggestions. It seems to me that you may need to have a rather substantial backing for such a large puzzle, anyway, so it may be best to buy a 4'x8' sheet of plywood, perhaps 1/4" or 3/8" thick, and cut it to the size of the puzzle. I heard a story of a lady who worked for months on a VERY large puzzle ( approximately ten or twelve thousand pieces). She assembled it, of necessity, on her dining room floor. When she had completed it, she did not want to disassemble it, so she covered it with a sheet of tough, clear vinyl, and left it permanently in place, as a part of her dining room decor. Good luck, and let us know what happens!
Thanks, Jim McW

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[214]from "RH"-20 June 2001:
I am looking for a specific puzzle and have not been able to find it. This is the information I have:
The Games of Your Life
1000 piece puzzle - 4437
Milton Bradley 1995
Would you please let me know if this puzzle is available to order.
"RH"
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from Jim McW--20 June 2001:

The Games of Your Life"The Games of Your Life", MILTON BRADLEYTM .
I doubt whether any stores have it still in stock, if it came out in 1995. However, I believe I have seen it for sale on internet auction sites occasionally. You might inquire of the various on-line puzzle stores, though. Good luck, Jim McW

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[215]from "CJ"-21 June 2001:
I am looking for a store or outlet that has Big Ben Puzzles in 5000 or more pieces. I have exhausted my list of possibilities. I spoke with a Wal-Mart associate, and she assured me that there was such a store in Houston but could not remember where. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks.
"CJ"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--22 June 2001:
Hi Cj,
I am afraid you won't find any Big Ben (if you mean Milton Bradley Big Ben) puzzles with 5000 pieces. To the best of my knowledge, they never made puzzles larger than 3000 pieces. As of last year they don't make those any more, either. I believe they make none over 2000 pieces. If you are looking for puzzles that are over 5000 pieces, you may want to check out my online catalog. We carry puzzles of 5000; 6000; 7500; 8000; 9000; 10,000; 12,000; and 13,200 pieces, which, as far as I know, is the largest one being made at this time. Our address is missouripuzzle.com, you will find a menu just go down it almost to the bottom, till you come to 5000 piece to 13200 puzzles, and click on that and you will pull up all of the larger puzzles. You can email us at misspuzzle@tds.net . Hope you find what you are looking for. Nancy

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[216]from "JT"-23 June 2001:
Re: Inquiry #30.
I have been searching for information re: a painting I found. It is marked in the bottom left corner with "John Drescher Co, NY" like a notary seal. Do you have any information about this publisher or of a piece of work called "The Mill" there is also the name "Rupdael" written below the painting. I realize you answer puzzle questions, but any info you can give would be helpful. Thanks
"JT"
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from Jim McW--23 June 2001:
The title sounds familiar, but it might have been used for more than one art work. We do not find anything in our files on it. The Drescher Company is primarily a box and puzzle manufacturer. If they have distributed puzzles under their name, we're not aware of it.
We looked in Chris McCann's wonderful book, Masterpieces: The Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles, and we found a painting entitled "The Dutch Mill", by Jacob Van Ruisdael. Could this be the artist? Jim McW

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