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[257]from "BL"-22 July 2001:
Hi, I have a dubl-thik puzzle and was not able to find it on your web site. Can you tell me a little about it like how many were made and what year?
Thanks, "BL"
Sportsman's Paradise"Sportsman's Paradise" [Box].  Sportsman's Paradise"Sportsman's Paradise".
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from Jim McW--23 July 2001:
You may view pictures of a few Dubl-Thik puzzles on that page in our Tuco section. Dubl-Thik seems to have been made mainly during the forties, as nearly as we can determine. They're basically like Tuco puzzles, with fewer pieces and smaller boxes. Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--3 August 2001:
Here's a picture of a Tuco puzzle which uses the same artwork, but with a slightly different title:
Nature's Paradise"Nature's Paradise".
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[258]from "VH"-23 July 2001:
Could you give me advice on how to glue and frame a cardboard jigsaw puzzle. I love the pictures so much I want to frame them!
Thanks, "VH"
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from Jim McW--1 August 2001:
See nos. 93 and 103 for some discussion of gluing and framing. Also, go to some of the on-line stores and other websites for which we have links on our LINKS page Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW -- 1 September 2008:
You can also try doing a search for frames or framing, for instance, in the search box below.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[259]from "TA"-2 August 2001:
I enjoyed the puzzle history page a great deal. I also have a question not dealing with puzzle history, but with a defective puzzle I purchased. Whom can I contact regarding this brand new puzzle with missing pieces?
Thanks, "TA"
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from Jim McW--3 August 2001:
See no. 240 for one or two ideas. Thanks, Jim McW
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[260]from "JZ"-2 August 2001:
I'm looking for a puzzle that was made in 1989 by hoyle, stars & stripes. I have that puzzle, but it is missing piece. Can you help me find that puzzle? "JZ"
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from Jim McW--3 August 2001:
Does anyone have Hoyle, "Stars and Stripes" ? Meantime, "JZ", you might look on some on-line auction sites. Thanks, Jim McW
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[261]from "MMC"-4 August 2001:
Hello,
Do you know if Parker Brothers is planning on making any more National Geographic Magazine Cover Puzzles? We have done four so far, and have been looking for additional puzzles for a couple of years! We have the Dinosaur puzzle, the red foxes, the Hawaii's Vanishing Species and the leopards. Are there any others? If so, where can we purchase them?
Thanks! "MMC"
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from Jim McW--5 August 2001:
Parker Bros. is now affiliated with HasbroTM . We are not aware of any other puzzles in that series. Does anyone know anything else about it? You might try the National Geographic Society, to see if they know of any other puzzles available. Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--7 August 2001:
Hi Jim, As far as I know there are no new National Geographic puzzles from Parker. The last ones were discontinued several years ago. How ever Warren/Rose Art has come out with a new line of National Geographic puzzles. They are not covers, but each is a collage from a different contry or area, they are very pretty. There is one from Australia, the Orient, South Africa, Egypt, England, and, of course, I can't remember the last one. There is also two 300 piece ones with Dinosaurs of America and Famous Explorers. (I think I have gotten all the titles right)
Check out the web site, under National Geographic. Nancy

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from Jim McW--8 August 2001:
I checked out the page, and it's got some great puzzles. This sounds like a great new series! Thanks, Jim McW
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[262]from "MER"-4 August 2001:
Is pzl 4149 available, and, if so, do you have a picture of it?
Thanks, "MER"
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from Jim McW--5 August 2001:
We have the title as "Ahhh! Budweiser", issued 1982. We do not have it. Thanks, Jim McW
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[263]from "WHN"-5 August 2001:
Folks, my daughter just purchased a print entitled "Strauss Waltz" at a flea market in Brooklyn, NY. Does anyone have any background information on the artist or any other aspect of this piece of art? I happened to find the same image used on an old jigsaw puzzle [displayed on your SAALFIELD page, a Challenge puzzle of the same title]. "WHN"
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from Jim McW--5 August 2001:
We checked Jigsaw Puzzles - A Brief History, by Anne D. Williams, and we found that Challenge puzzles were made by Saalfield. Does anyone know any more about this particular image or puzzle? Thanks, Jim McW
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[264]from "MJP"-5 August 2001:
Hello , I have an old Milton Bradley puzzle called "Yellow Bird". I think the puzzle is from 1940 or around that. Could you tell me the age of the puzzle for sure? Also I was wondering if puzzles such as "Yellow Bird" are collectors items? Thank you "MJP"
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from Jim McW--5 August 2001:
We will need a little information, and/or, even better, a picture or a scan of the puzzle or the box or both. It sounds as though it is collectible. Thanks, Jim McW
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from "MJP"--7 August 2001:
Hello Jim. We will try to get a scan of it. It may take a couple weeks to get it to you.
Thank you for your response to my questions.
"MJP"
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from "MJP"--9 August 2001:
Hello Jim, I was unable to scan the puzzle box top. I do have more information. The puzzle says 1965 on it. The number on the puzzle is 5621-3. It is a reproduction of the original oil painting done by Edmund Alder, Austrian. It is 1500pcs. The complete picture measures 24 X 31 inches. Until the puzzle is put together, does this additional information help in assessing the value if any? Thank you
"MJP"
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from Jim McW--11 August 2001:
The puzzle sounds as though it is from 1965, but the original painting may be from the 1940's or earlier. We are not familiar with it, but someone may write in, who knows something about it. Thanks, Jim McW
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[265]from "BRS"-6 August 2001:
I'm looking for a store that stocks Thomas Kinkade JIGSAW puzzles. I found some type of new puzzle that has to do with bigger pieces in circular thing... but I don't care for them. I'm looking for jigsaw puzzles by Thomas Kinkade. please help or advise
thanx!!
"BRS"
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from Jim McW--6 August 2001:
See no. 205, or go directly to Nancy's site, Nancy Ballhagen's puzzles, under Kinkade. There may be other on-line stores which stock Kinkade puzzles, and there is also a Kinkade website. Thanks, Jim McW
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[266]from "DK"-8 August 2001:
Hi,
I recently purchased an interesting box of 3 children's puzzles at an antique store in Colorado. The box says "Granny Goose Picture Puzzle Series No. 318, Made only by Madmar Quality Co., Utica, N.Y. Three Puzzles in This Box." They are illustrated by Mary Lafetra Russell with the initials S.G.S. & Co. in the corner. Two of the puzzles are complete, the third is missing one piece. They look to be from the early 1900's. The pictures are very pretty. They were from an estate of a 96 year old school teacher. I was wondering if anyone could tell me any thing about these puzzles. Thanks.
"DK"
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from Jim McW--9 August 2001:
If you go to our Madmar page, you may see a perhaps similar set, called "Playmate Picture Puzzle". According to Jigsaw Puzzles - A Brief History, by Anne D. Williams, Madmar made puzzles from 1914 until 1967, and S.G.S. is an abbreviation for Samuel Gabriel & Sons. Ms. Williams' book illustrates several puzzle boxes from this line. Madmar is a very popular series and highly collectible, although not necessarily rare. Thanks, Jim McW
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[267]from "GB"-9 August 2001:
HI, I AM LOOKING FOR A SPRINGBOK PUZZLE (CLASSIC CARS)(PZL9403) IF THIS PUZZLE IS STILL AVAILABLE ANYWHERE, PLEASE CONTACT ME.
"GB"
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from Jim McW--9 August 2001:
The best place to look is at on-line auction sites. We may have one in our collection, but we don't usually sell puzzles unless we have assembled them to verify completeness. If one becomes available, we will post it on our "Items for Sale" page. Thanks, Jim McW
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from "GB--13 August 2001:
HI JIM,
THANKS FOR THE INFO. I DID CONTACT THE PERSON, WHO DOES HAVE THE PUZZLE I AM LOOKING FOR, SO THAT WAS A GOOD FIND.
THANKS, "GB"
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[268]from "DJP"-9 August 2001:
Does anyone know how many puzzles are sold annually in the United States or worldwide. Thanks,
"DJP"
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from Jim McW--11 August 2001:
Excellent question! Unfortunately, we don't have the answer. There is evidence that millions per week were produced during the 1930's, but that may have been a high point in jigsaw puzzle production. Does anyone have any statistics?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--13 August 2001:
Nancy Ballhagen's puzzle store has sold over 82,000 jigsaw puzzles since 1989.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[269]from "SG"-11 August 2001:
I was wondering if you had heard anything about a Springbok 1500 piece puzzle of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. I have "A New Hope" and "Empire Strikes Back". I have looked on internet auction sites and in Hallmark stores but no one seems to have "Return of the Jedi". If you have any suggestions, I would appreciate it.
Thanks, "SG"
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from Jim McW--11 August 2001:
See Q&A no. 81, on page 7 .
Thanks, Jim McW
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[270]from "LJ"-11 August 2001:
We love Charles Wysocki's puzzles. We bought one last week and started putting it together and realized it is not the same one that is on pictured on the box. The number on the box is 04679-12 but the puzzle is 04679-10. We are trying to find a picture of it but haven't yet. I see it is called "Birds of a Feather"...which makes sense - because there are a lot of birds on the pieces!!!! Anyway, it's fun putting it together...haven't finished yet but would like to see what it looks like....guess we will in a few days when we have finished it!
"LJ"
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from Jim McW--12 August 2001:
It sounds as though you got a great puzzle, inside a box for another great puzzle! If you will go to the List of WysockiTM Jigsaw Puzzles, you will find the two titles involved (04679-12 is "Treehopper's General Store"). You will also find a link there for the Wysocki Gallery website. You may also refer to Q&A no. 240.
Here at puzzlehistory.com, we seldom look at the guide picture, anyway. It just adds a little to the challenge.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[271]from "JA"-11 August 2001:
I recently ran across a puzzle assembled and under glass in a store. I would like to know more about it as I only see the Milton Bradley logo on the lower left corner.
I suspect the print is by Henry Hintermeister, but I am not certain.
Please excuse the bright flash in the center, as I said, the puzzle is under glass and I did not know how to avoid the reflection.
Thank you..."JA" 2 men in canoe see bears in camp2 men in canoe see bears in camp [title unknown], Milton Bradley framed puzzle.
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from Jim McW--12 August 2001:
This picture really looks familiar, but "woodsmen surprised by bears" is a theme used in several jigsaw puzzles. I am not able to identify it, but I doubt Hintermeister is the artist. Can anyone identify the picture or the artist?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Chris McCann--9 April 2002:
[This picture] not in Hintermeister or Goodwin catalogs, but looks familiar.
Chris McCann
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from "WW"--17 November 2004:
My daughter has this very puzzle. It is titled " Hold It " . She has it put together and wants to frame it also.
Do you know what the date of production is? She got it from my parents, her grand parents. The number on the box is 4962 - c
"WW"
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from Jim McW--18 November 2004:
The series number refers to a MB Big Ben puzzle, almost certainly. If the puzzle has approximately 1000 pieces, that would be additional evidence to that effect. I would guess the 1940's or 1950's, from what little you say, but you may want to visit the Big Ben website, to look for similar box designs, in order to estimate the age of the puzzle.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[272]from "JA"-11 August 2001:
Is there a way to do a search of your listed puzzles VIA the name of the artist? If not I would suggest that such a tool be implemented. Thank you..."JA"
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from Jim McW--24 April 2005:
See our SEARCH page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[273]from "IL"-12 August 2001:
I have a print of some sort on a paper that feels like linen cloth of October Morn by Robert Wood. I think it's from 1956 because that's the number painted under his name. It does not say of another number (eg. 56 / 250) but I know it is a print. It is the same picture as the puzzle you show on the web sight - the Gold Series. My grandmother had bought it. My mother gave it to me years ago and I've never thought to frame it. I always thought this was just a print that they'd never framed. Is it worth anything? "IL"
October Morn"October Morn", the puzzle to which "IL" refers, a Whitman Gold Seal puzzle.
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from Jim McW--12 August 2001:
We consider ourselves to be still learning about jigsaw puzzles and would consider ourselves even less expert about prints. As usual, though, condition, demand, and rarity will play major roles in market value. We will let you know if we receive any information regarding your inquiry.
Thanks, Jim McW
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