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[20]from "RPS"--7/8/2000:
Help! I am desperately trying to find a plain, old fashioned, even old and beat up in the back of the garage storage type CARDTABLE , for the very purpose of doing jigsaw puzzles. My husband and I are retired and living, although very comfortably, in quite limited space. We would love to do jigsaw puzzles but we need a table that we can move about, put up and down, etc. I have fond memories of the old tables that we children used to have to eat at on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Doesn't anyone have any of them sitting around, useless to themselves but so desired by us? We don't have a lot of money but we sure would like to try to budget one in.
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from Jim McW--7/9/2000:
"RPS":
Well, that doesn't sound too difficult. But, when I checked on internet auction sites, I didn't find a single folding card table for sale! If anybody has an extra one around, let us know. I suspect that shipping will be a concern, too. Another option is one of the jigsaw puzzle platform devices available on at least one of the jigsaw websites. There's jigsaw puzzle mats that roll up with the puzzle pieces on them, and there is at least one kind of puzzle board, although I've never used any of these. Any other suggestions? Jim McW

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from "MR"--7/17/2000:
"RPS": "There are so many retail stores that sell new card tables. Those that come to mind are K-Mart, Wal*Mart, Target, ShopKo, Pamida. It would be a lot cheaper to just buy a new one ... or check out garage sales, discount and used furniture stores, etc. I have seen them there, also. The shipping charges would definately be expensive for a card table. There are also many websites that have/sell card tables. I did a search usning Yahoo! and came up with over 4,000 hits. Good Luck!
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from Jim McW--7/17/2000:
"RPS":
You might try the accessories page of the Leisure Store, which is one of our favorite commercial jigsaw puzzle sites, for different, more portable accessories, including "puzzle caddies" and lap desks. Hope this helps! Jim McW

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from "LR"-18 January 2001:
http://puzzletbl.netfirms.com/id14.htm
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from Jim McW--27 January 2001:

"LR" sent this in, without explanation, other than that it was in answer to an inquiry from "RPS". I know nothing about this vendor of puzzle easels, but the idea is interesting. Thanks, Jim McW

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[21]from "MR"--7/14/2000:
Please let me know all you can about the attached puzzle. It is made of wood with glued-on paper artwork. One piece is missing (The family dog chewed up the "missing" piece). It says "Made in England" in the bottom right-hand corner. It measures (10 inches X 12 inches) 26mm x 30mm. Thank You, "MR"
Zoo Scene "Zoo Scene"(actual title and maker not known)
Zoo Scene Box "Zoo Scene"(Box)
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from Jim McW--7/17/2000:
Dear "MR":
I'm not familiar with this puzzle. Of course, it seems to be a children's puzzle, and not earlier than the 50's, probably made in the 70's, I should think. Since you have the guide picture, you could, with a little practice, make a replacement piece, by tracing the gap in the puzzle, cutting a piece of wood to that pattern (and the right thickness), and gluing a copy of that portion of the guide picture to the replacement piece.
Just a thought! Jim McW

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[22]from "BC"--7/18/2000:
I found a puzzle, and it is on the tuco box styles page, sm02 (mc cann code). The title is "The Little Nurse". The box is beat up some, and I don't know if all the pieces are there. Could you tell me if it is worth anything please?
Thank you, "BC"
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from Jim McW--7/20/2000:
Dear "BC":
Glad to hear that my "Tuco Box Styles" Page has been of some little help to someone in identifying their puzzle. As to the "value" of the puzzle, it's greatest value is in the putting together of the puzzle! However, it's monetary value depends on a number of factors:
1) Whether all pieces are present.
2) What condition the pieces are in.
3) What condition the box is in.
4) Which puzzle it is, and what the title and subject is.
5) Whether it is a puzzle which is scarce or common.
6) How, where, and when you sell it.
7) Luck
It sounds like a nice puzzle. Hope that helps a bit, Jim McW

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[23]from "els"--7/23/2000:
Dear Mr McWhorter, I have a small collection of puzzles from the 1940's mostly Tuco. I am very curious to learn something about a two sided puzzle that I have. My favorite puzzles always come as a surprise because the box doesn't give a clue. This particular one doesn't even tell the title of the picture. The box is red and tan (maybe originally white) w/ Jig DeLuxe. It was distributed by S.M. News Co., Inc 229 Fourth Ave., New York City. It has over 500 pieces. This is a beautiful puzzle. One side is primarily light in color an outdoor scene with men leading horses. The other side is primarily dark and pictures a breakfast scene, very elegant and I assume before the hunt. (Red coated men drinking tea, reading the paper, etc with dogs at their feet.) What a fabulous juxtaposition.
If you have any suggestions for my learning more about old puzzles generally and this puzzle specifically I would be most appreciative. "els"
images posted 8/19/2000:
Jig Deluxe "Jig Deluxe Box", 1930's.
men & horses "men & horses"(one side)[see title below].
men at tea "men at tea"(the other side)[see title below].
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from Jim McW--7/23/2000:
Dear "els": I cannot recommend highly enough the two books mentioned (among others) on the site, " Master Pieces: The Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles", by Chris McCann, and Anne Williams' book, "Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide". For instance, her book tells us that University Distributing Co., of Boston and Cambridge, Mass., produced Jig Deluxe puzzles (in the 30's), as well as Jig of the Week, and the Jig 400. She says that the Jig DeLuxe were published monthly, and that S.-M. News Company distributed many of U.D.C.'s products. This website is easy and fun to use, but you can't beat her book for pure information and fascinating history( and it's fun, too!). Mr. McCann's book is a beautiful production and a joy to the eye. Anyone who enjoys the iconograpy of an earlier era in America would enjoy it, whether interested in puzzles or not.
Thanks, Jim McW
[You can read another nice, little letter we received from "els" on the Stories Page.

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from "adirondack"--8 November 2000:
Jim,
The title of the two prints used in this puzzle are "The Horse Fair" by Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) and "The Melton Breakfast" by Sir Francis Grant (English artist of 19th cent.)
Take care,
"adirondack"
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from Jim McW--9 November 2000:
Dear "adirondack":
Thanks once again! Jim McW
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[24]from Kevin--7/27/2000:
I would like to ask anyone if they know of a series of puzzles by Waddington called "Shaped Jig-Map with Place Name Quiz" - the one I have is made in Canada by Parker Brother Games.
The box does not state the # of pieces but about 300 and forms a puzzle 23 x 18 1/4.
The puzzle is in the shape of the country with images of the country on the map and the quiz is a series of city names that you can insert into the puzzle.
I have Design #426 India so I assume there are other countries done up in this fashion. I would like to collect this series.
Thank you in advance.
Kevin
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from Jim McW--5/19/2002:
Please see the JIG-MAP page for much information and pictures.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[25]from Kevin--7/27/2000:
Does anyone know if there are jigsaw puzzles out there that deal with Scouting? Since I work with Scouts and love jigsaw puzzles then I think they might be interesting to collect.
Thank you in advance.
Kevin
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from Jim McW--7/28/2000:
Dear Kevin:
I can't find anything in my sources about scouting subjects in jigsaw puzzles. Does anyone out there have any more information about that?
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Chris McCann--8/14/2000:
Tell Kevin that I can help him with Boy Scout puzzles.
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from Verl Cook--7/17/2001:
I do know that there is a Norman Rockwell puzzle on scouting that was probably produced in the 1960's. I have seen it on internet auction sites a couple of times and it should not be very expensive. Verl Cook
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from Kevin--7/17/2001:
Thanks for the update. I also picked up a small puzzle by GEM [?], that shows some kids crossing a field to go fishing. Idyllic, 1950's kind of scene with one kid in straw hat etc. One kid is eating a sandwich and appears to be wearing almost a full Scout uniform. Not a Scouting puzzle but one with a Scout image in it. Kevin "Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."
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[26]from "RC"--7/31/2000:
I found some old puzzles from the 30's, and I would like to find out if they are worth anything. The boxes are not in good condition, and I don't know whether the puzzles are complete. One is in a tuco box style sm02 (mc cann code), and the title is "The Little Nurse". Another is a puzzle of Mickey mouse , 300 - piece , Walt Disney's Jaymar specialty co. I think it is from the 40's. There is also a perfect picture , minute man ,war map puzzle Franklin mfg. no 14 ,15, the declaration of independence no.3051 picture puzzle, 150 pc Mickey mouse, jaymar specialty.
thank you "RC"
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from Jim McW--7/31/2000:
Dear "RC":
Glad to hear that my "Tuco Box Styles" Page has been of some little help to someone in identifying their puzzle. As to the "value" of the puzzle, it's greatest value is in the putting together of the puzzle! However, I know you're curious what it's monetary value is, and so forth. Well, as usual, that depends on a number of factors:
1) Whether all pieces are present.
2) What condition the pieces are in.
3) What condition the box is in.
4) Which puzzle it is, and what the title and subject is.
5) Whether it is a puzzle which is scarce or common.
6) How, where, and when you sell it.
7) Luck
You will tend to get higher prices if you verify whether they are complete and describe the condition and provide a picture of the box and/or puzzle.
Thanks, Jim McW

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[27]from Kevin-- 4 August2000:
I'm finding it somewhat enjoyable looking for puzzles for other people for I'm learning so much so quickly. For example someone was interested in oriental scenes put out by Big Ben so I went to look and although I did not find any oriental scenes, I did find: * Big Ben puzzles with just that name on it - no other manufacturer (just 1)* Big Ben puzzles by Somerville (likely the ones above but Somerville is a Canadian distributer) (about 5)* Big Ben by Clark and Copps (just 1)* Big Ben by MB (about 5) I hope the guy I was looking for can fill me in on some of this history. I collect puzzles that interest me but can see the attraction of just collecting one type of puzzle. I just need to decide what major interest of mine to collect puzzles for. I'd choose snakes but there's not much out there - I only have that Springbok one. Maybe reptiles and amphibians but that would still be a small selection. I thought I'd choose national parks but that might be too broad. I could do caves but have not seen many puzzles on caves. I thought any canoeing/camping type image but they all tend to be old fashioned images and not the way I canoe/camp so may not have lasting appeal. An interesting time to make some decisions over. BTW, that store I went to did have more TUCO puzzles than I thought but none of the older style. There was one older type puzzle but I still think it was a photograph.
We also have a puzzle by Whitman entitled Disney Fantasy and it contains a group shot of dozens and dozens of Disney characters. We have a similar puzzle, this time by Golden, of Marvel superheroes. Dozens of them too. Golden also put out a similar Group shot of Looney Tunes characters.
We have been told that there is a similar Golden puzzle of DC superheroes. Does anyone know if this exists? I'd like to get a copy but would greatly appreciate it if someone could even just verify it's existance.
Thanks in advance.
Kevin
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from Jim McW--6 August 2000:
Dear Kevin:
We have at least one MarvelTM puzzle (I think the same one you have); there is also "The Uncanny X-Men", a 100-piece,11x16 puzzle by Rose ArtTM . I have seen a Warner Bros.TM puzzle, issued in 1993, with quite a few of the Looney TunesTM characters in it. I don't know who manufactured it, but I think the title may have been "Looney TunesTM Baseball Dugout".
I enjoy communicating with and learning from other puzzle enthusiasts just as much as I do the puzzles themselves. As to collecting, I don't think one has to have a plan, exactly. One may simply choose the puzzles which look interesting or fun! A themed collection is fun, too, though. I have seen at least one or two with reptiles, snakes, or amphibians, but that might be a little difficult. There is at least one puzzle which features many different caverns in the U.S., because I saw it for sale recently in a local commercial cave gift shop.
By the way, I believe, although I can't prove it, that Tuco began using photos for jigsaw puzzles, at least occasionally, in the late thirties.
Does anyone out there have any more information about any of these topics?
Thanks, Jim McW

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[28]from "M.C."-- 5 August 2000:
My daughter (age 9) recently returned from a trip with her Nana to Tennessee. The "I missed you" present that she brought back to me was a puzzle of The Last Supper. This was so neat, mostly because I have been looking for a puzzle of the Last Supper for some time now. When my sister and I were growing up our Mom would bring out this puzzle along with the Christmas decorations and we would work furiously to get it completed by midnight on Christmas Eve. While it was really cool that my Mother-in-law (who didn't know about the tradition) helped Kay pick out this particular puzzle it has re-fueled my interest in finding a couple of copies of the other one (for my sister and me). The actual picture matches the image of the "Perfect Picture Puzzle - The Last Supper", however that box indicates that it was only 400 pieces and I know that ours was 1,000. I would appreciate any help.
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from Jim McW--6 August 2000:
Dear "M.C.":
You probably saw the 400 piece puzzle on the "Perfect Picture" page. I also have a picture of a similar puzzle made by MacBeth, probably in the thirties or forties (See the "Other Puzzles" page).
Does anyone out there have any more information about 1000-piece puzzle portraying the Last Supper?
Thanks, Jim McW

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from Verl Cook--17 July 2001:
I believe that Tuco made this puzzle in their 1000 piece puzzles. I have the smaller Tuco puzzle of 300/500 pieces, but believe that I have seen the 1000 piece at different flea market or antique shops.
Verl Cook

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