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[228]from "SB"-1 July 2001:
Can you direct me towards any info on ullman puzzles, history, etc. that is available. and are you aware of any for sale anywhere? I have some of their prints and 2 puzzles. Thanks,
"SB"
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from Jim McW--1 July 2001:
All we know is that Anne Williams mentions the Ullman Mfg. Co., New York, in her important book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, as having produced puzzles from 1890 to present. Any more info available? Anyone know anything about this line of puzzles or have pictures of puzzles? Thanks, Jim McW
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[229]from "West LA"-6 July 2001:
I've got a couple of puzzle questions for you...
As a child, I used to visit my grandmother and work jigsaw puzzles with her... One that I wish she had saved was of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring a photo of a Bullwinkle balloon as well as I think a balloon of Linus the Lionhearted (or King Leonardo?), both being pulled down the parade route of Manhattan streets. It would have been manufactured sometime between the mid 60s to early 70s, probably had 500 pieces, and I think it was a Milton Bradley puzzle, but I could be wrong. Any idea how to track this one down, aside from on internet auction sites? I'd love to get my hands on a complete one again.
My other inquiry regards a series of children's puzzles my sister had, and again, I'm thinking they would have been manufactured sometime between the mid 60s and early 70s, and also probably would have been Milton Bradley puzzles. Much larger pieces, of course, and they probably had less than 100 pieces. Maybe 60...? Anyway, the subject matter in each one was very feminine, and, if I recall correctly was of a little girl, perhaps on a swing, or watering flowers or something. The girl and all elements of the images were made of yarn, burlap, and various other fabrics, and they were on a field of bright blue in, I think, a deep orange/red border.
Any idea what this series was called? I'd love to hunt down one or two as a gift for my sister, but I don't know where to begin looking...I figure I'll check on auction sites but it would be easier if I knew the series name.
Any info you can give me would be much appreciated.
Thanks!
"West LA"
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[230]from "AGO"-6 July 2001:
I have an old (I'm guessing 1960's) children's puzzle of Walt Disney's Donald Duck by the Jaymar Co. I am curious to know more about the Jaymar Co. Such as when were they in business? Are they still in business? What other types of things did they sell? And did they make a lot of Disney puzzles?
The one I have is 35 pieces interlocking in a frame. I've enclosed a scan of part of it.
Donald Duck"Donald Duck"© Walt Disney Productions, a JAYMARTM puzzle. The puzzle is actually 14" X 11". It is in good condition. I'm also curious if you could tell me what a puzzle like this sells for? Thanks for your help.
"AGO"
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from Jim McW--7 July 2001:
I think you're right about the approximate date of issue.
See our FAQ page for a brief discussion of puzzle values.
We hope JAYMARTM is still producing puzzles, but we are unable to confirm or find a website. Does anyone know anything about this company's present status or their line of puzzles? Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--7 July 2001:
Hi AGO,
I don't know too much about Jaymar except we bought puzzles from them about 7 or 8 years ago for our store. There was a set of 4, I think, really old poster print set of Mickey Mouse puzzles that they had at that time. When we sold out and wanted to order more, we were informed that they were no longer in business. These were really neat because they were 500 piece puzzles, not childrens puzzles. According to Anne Williams book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide , Jaymar had close ties with Marx Toy Co. They started making puzzles in about 1942 and then also developed some toys. If you can get a copy of this book at a library (as it is out of print), it may help you a bit. You may also try books by Harry Rinker, there may be some info, in them. I can't remember who bought Jaymar out.
Good luck. Nancy

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[231]from Jim McW--7 July 2001:
In trying to do a little research on the recent history of Jaymar, I ran across a treasure trove of jigsaw puzzle information on a personal website, Covered Bridge Jigsaw Puzzles Homepage. This site has tables and much data about approximately 200 jigsaw puzzles depicting covered bridges. If you have any "covered bridge" puzzles, you are requested to report the appropriate information to the owner of that site. If you prefer, you may send it to us, and we will forward it to him. Jim McW
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from Jim McW--17 October 2010:
The site seems to have been discontinued, unfortunately.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[232]from "KCP"-9 July 2001:
Greetings,
My wife & I were wondering how to contact a firm to see if they can make a puzzle out of a picture that we already have in our possession. Is there a place this can be done? Is it expensive to have one puzzle made out of one picture? We have done some looking from time to time, but all we can find are sites to purchase puzzles, but none that will actually make a puzzle. If you could point us in the right direction, we would be very thankful.
Sincerely -
"KCP"
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from Jim McW--10 July 2001:
We have received several questions along these lines, for instance, no. 220, on page 16. In addition to the Milton Bradley offer, there has been one or more websites offering either cardboard or wooden ( handcut ) puzzles from personal photos. Try doing a search on the internet for " personal jigsaw puzzles". In the meantime, we will keep an eye out for other sources. Thanks, Jim McW
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from Verl Cook--17 July 2001:
There is a store in my home town that produces puzzles from personal pictures. They are quite inexpensive. Here is the information on the photo puzzles. The name and address of the shop is:
Quick and Reliable Printing
94 Ashman Circle
Midland, MI 48640
The telephone number is (989) 631-2955.
They will create from a photo a 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" 40 piece interlocking puzzle for $12.00 + shipping. They will also return the photo. Hope this helps your people.. Verl

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from Jim McW--17 July 2001:
Thanks for the tip, Verl. We post this information for the convenience of our visitors. If anyone else can tell us of another company which makes single puzzles from personal photos, please let us know, and we will post the info. Thanks, Jim McW
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[233]from "SB419"-10 July 2001:
Hi, I am currently looking to purchase Anne Geddes Puzzles, Kim Anderson and Precious Moments.. I was wondering if your site contains any?
"SB419"
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from Jim McW--10 July 2001:
No, but try the on-line stores linked on our LINKS page. Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--10 August 2001:
Hi,
Just wanted to let you know that we carry some Anne Geddes, and several Kim Anderson Puzzles. The Precious Moments that have been made by Warren/Rose Art are no longer being made, I only have one left in my shop. I don't know if Springbok is making any or not, but do not know of any one who is at this time. You can check out our web site at missouripuzzle.com There is a menu on the left side. Just go down till you come to Kim Anderson or Anne Geddes and click on it. It will bring up all that we have in that category. Hope this helps. Nancy

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[234]from "GM"-10 July 2001:
Hi, your site has been most helpful to me in the last few days as I have acquired about 30 old puzzles from an estate auction and am having fun doing them and tracking their histories.
I just finished a Big Star puzzle from the 30's (according to the site) and noted that Anne Williams said in her book that they "may" have been made by Consolidated Paper Box Co., makers of Perfect Picture Puzzles. The puzzle box had a slip of paper included which states the following: "Buy Quality - By Name This is one of the "Perfect" line of Picture Puzzles. Notice the beauty and large variety of subjects, as well as the quality of materials and cutting (Large number of Interlocking Pieces. Several sizes and styles in both in both Adult and Juvenile Puzzles at your favorite store. Pictures changed frequently - the most active puzzle fan should be able to buy new and different subjects at all times."
This advertising sheet would seem to confirm her information. The title of my puzzle is "Progress of Democracy" and is signed "Louis F. Dow Co. St. Paul", probably the printer. It is a depiction of a Naval battle on a tall mast ship with redcoats defending themselves against bluecoats. I'm sure it probably came from a famous painting, but can find no further information. Hope this was of some help. "GM"
Carpe Diem
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from Jim McW--10 July 2001:
Our impression is that there were so many different companies producing and distributing puzzles, that it is sometimes difficult to draw distinct lines, as to which produced which line at which time. If you get a chance, take a picture of the puzzle and the box, so we can all see what we're talking about. Send to addresses at bottom of page. Glad we were able to help. Thanks, Jim McW
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from Chris McCann--13 August 2001:
Hi Jim: Consolidated Paper Box indeed made the Perfect Picture Puzzles, Big Star and Big Ten brands. The company was located in Somerville, Mass. We visited the site of the factory many years ago and, although the company had been sold and no longer made puzzles, the building itself was still used as a factory, and the then current occupants gave us many clues about the history of Consolidated. We went back more recently, and the factory was gone. It had been remodeled into apartments.
The painting "Progress of Democracy" is by Jazet and is reproduced in Master Pieces. Chris McCann

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[235]from "T+K"-9 July 2001:
Hi There....
Excellent site!!!....We were surprised to find it....We just purchased what seemed to be a rather old puzzle....Ryan (our young boy) just loves ships....We were at a Estate sale and he found a rather stunning puzzle by Guild..(whitman Publishing Co.....It Features a very nice Full SaiL Ship....As A matter of fact...That is also it's name on the Box...Full Sail.....Series "RR" ...My Question is....Do you have any information on this and the box states that there are a series of 6....images....(No.2900) made in USA....
Any help and info on this would be very much appreciated....I will have a scan done of this to add to your wonderful site....Thank You...
"T+K"
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[236]from "KKB"-11 July 2001:
Hello, I picked up a puzzle that appears to be very old and still has many of the pieces attached, so I don't believe it has been put together. It is a Guild Whitman puzzle titled "Majestic Peaks". What can you tell me about it? Thank You
"KKB"
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from Jim McW--12 July 2001:
It's really difficult to give very much information about a specific puzzle, without a picture. Can you send a picture or scan? Send to addresses below. Thanks, Jim McW
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[237]from "RP"-11 July 2001:
I found a Saalfield Publishing Company Partial Inventory Website at http://www.library.kent.edu/speccoll/children/picture.htm It was a very helpful site to me. I think other puzzle lovers would find it interesting also. In addition to puzzles, they also have info on cloth books, paper dolls, and a variety of activity books.
"RP"
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from Jim McW--12 July 2001:
RP's original question was no. 221. This is indeed a valuable contribution. We request that anyone who discovers such data sources let us know. We have posted a link to one that we discovered recently, in item no. 231, above.
"RP": Thanks so very much, Jim McW

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[238]from "YG"-12 July 2001:
hi, a family memeber of mine is looking for a puzzle that was made with a family photo of them....they think it was a milton bradley puzzle but are not sure. They are at a boat race, something of the sort....he thinks it is from the 60's . If you have any puzzles with boats and people.....it would help me lots. thanks...
"YG"
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[239]from "EJR"-12 July 2001:
Hi, I'm one of those collectors who likes Pauline Jackson. I had a Guild puzzle of "The Auction" as a kid and went looking for more. There is a fourth puzzle called "Quilting Party" that goes with the auction, the square dance, and the picnic. These four pictures also show up as prints in an internet auction. I have a print of "The Basket Weavers" too, so I am sure that it is also hers. There appear to be three others in this (Italian?) series: "Farming in Toscana", and "Sorrento." I own some of them as Tucos and some as Guild puzzles, in two different formats. She also illustrated several children's books, but I don't have any biographical information and would love to know more about her.
"EJR"
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from Jim McW--14 July 2001:
The works ( and the puzzles ) of Pauline Jackson are, indeed, popular. If anyone knows of a definitive source on her work, we would love to hear of it. [see the entire text of this number on the PAULINE JACKSON PUZZLES PAGE.
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SEE ALL DISCUSSION AND PICTURES OF THIS TOPIC ON THE PAULINE JACKSON PUZZLES PAGE.
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[240]from "CE"-13 July 2001:
Dear Jim,
I love the Seascapes puzzles from Milton Bradley. I have three as of right now but one (my favorite) is missing pieces. The stores in my relatively small town have stopped carrying them and I can only find a few online. Do you know where I could buy more? I would be very grateful for your help.
Sincerely,
"CE"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--14 July 2001:
Hi CE,
In the case of missing pieces, you should contact Milton Bradley and see if the puzzle you have is still in print. Tell them you have missing pieces and if they still have it they should replace the puzzle free of charge. The last Seascapes that I saw from MB were a couple of years old and as far as I know they didn't put any out last year that were new. I don't know about this year. The Seascapes have been out for so long I wouldn't be suprised if they discontinued them soon. MB has an 800 number, but you might have to find it under Hasbro. Good luck. Nancy
PS: To all who have missing pieces sometimes. This is the responsibility of the puzzle manufacturer, and you should always contact them first when this happens. Sometimes they no longer make the puzzle and you may be out of luck, but the puzzle should be replaced if it is still in stock. This will apply to new puzzles only, and this is the case of MISSING PIECES ONLY, NOT LOST PIECES.
Good luck. Nancy

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