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[302]from "JOW"-12 September 2001:
Is there a complete selection I can view? I DON'T want the "sophisticated" puzzles, just the 500 (or 1000) piece puzzles from the Croxley Series. Is there a catalogue or somewhere online where I could look at some selections that may have not been distributed in my area?
Thank you in advance for your response. "JOW"
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from Jim McW--12 September 2001:
We have no connection with any puzzle manufacturer. We know of no complete listing of Croxley puzzles ( but we would like to know, if there is one! ). We provide this website as a service to puzzlers, and we are collectors ourselves. Occasionally, we sell our duplicates, etc., which you can see on our "Items for Sale" pages. You might try some of the on-line puzzle stores for which we have links on our LINKSpage.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[303]from "CM"-9 September 2001:
Have been going thru your site and really like it. I need to know if you can help me. I have a puzzle in a black box that has "Gold Seal" to the left - upper right has a line for Subject with name Gorgeous Autumn. Bottom left has No. 2088 and right side has 500 piece scroll cut picture puzzle.
I've never seen one like this with no picture so any help would be appreciated.
Thank You, "CM"
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from Jim McW--15 September 2001:
Actually, jigsaw puzzles started without guide pictures. That was a later development, beginning in about the 1930's. Some people still prefer to work without using a guide picture, even if one is provided.
It will be hard to identify your puzzle without a picture or scan. The name "Gold Seal" has been used by at least two different companies, WHITMANTM for their series, and BITS & PIECESTM for another series. There is a "Gold Box" series put out by VICTORYTM, which is very nice and doesn't have a guide picture on the gold box. We assume that your puzzle is wooden. See if you can scan it or photograph it. You can send either a print or an image file.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[304]from "M'SB"-15 September 2001:
a couple a years ago i bought this puzzle in a denver super market. it was called incredible edibles. but i havent been able to find them since. i would love to have anothe of these puzzles. what it is is an apple with it split open to reveal an orange. "M'SB"
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from Jim McW--15 September 2001:
Please see no. 40 on Q&A page 3. We're reasonably sure these haven't been produced for several years now. They have shown up on internet auction sites occasionally. I don't think we have been able to acquire any for our collection. [note, 19 October 2003-- We do have one or two, now.]
Actually, the titles shown in no. 40 are:
"Champignone Aux Pois" [Mushrooms and Peas]
"Pinemelon" [Pineapple and Watermelon]
"Pepper Tomato" [Bell Pepper and Tomato]
"Pomme d' Orange" [Apple and Orange]
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW -- 1 September 2008:
You can also see a list of these puzzles on our Other Puzzles page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[305]from "ACT"-15 September 2001:
Dear sirs,
I have found a puzzle and was wondering if it is worth anything. It has all the pieces and is in perfect condition inside and outside. It is "A SPRINGBOK CHILDREN'S PUZZLE, PZL1071, DISNEY ON PARADE, 1973 SPRINGBOK EDITIONS, A DIVISION OF HALLMARK CARDS, INC."
thanks for your help!
sincerely, "ACT"
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from Jim McW--15 September 2001:
DISNEYTM collectibles are always popular and often command premiums. The older, the better, and, of course, condition is important. Do you have a picture you can share with us?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from ACT--30 September 2001:
Here's the picture of the front of the box:
Disney On Parade"Disney On Parade", ©1973, WALT DISNEYTM, HALLMARKTM SPRINGBOKTM, PZL 1071.
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from Jim McW--3 October 2001:
We think these would usually sell for $5 to $10 in excellent condition, but market prices can vary quite a bit. Thanks for the great picture.
Jim McW
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[306]from "LP"-17 September 2001:
To Whom it may concern,
I have an old puzzle by the name of Bradshaw's Clover Blossom. The picture is of a honey bee hive in an extra light amber color with the words HONEY written across the puzzle and ITS GOOD written on the hive. it says on the bottom of the box- packed by- R D Bradshaw and Sons-wendell-. Its a Springbok Editions, division of Hallmark Cards Inc. the serial no is 200PZL4547. This number is on the back of the box. It also says on the back of the box Used with Permission of Sioux Honey Association. Would you by chance know anything about this puzzle. The puzzle itself is 7 x 10 1/2 with over 115 pieces.
Thank you, "LP"
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from Jim McW--18 September 2001:
According to Francis Main's list of all the SPRINGBOKTM puzzles made, this was a Bookshelf puzzle, issued in 1971. You can find the address for ordering your copy of the list on the Springbok pages and on our LINKS page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--24 January 2002:
We finally figured out how to access the image files that "LP" sent us of this puzzle, which we now post with our sincerest thanks:
Bradshaw's Clover Blossom Honey"Bradshaw's Clover Blossom Honey", SPRINGBOKTM "Past-Time Puzzlers"
Thanks, Jim McW
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[307]from "DB"-19 September 2001:
I COLLECT AMERICA IN ACTION PUZZLES FROM THE LEO HART CO. OF ROCHESTER NY. THEY ARE LISTED AS SERIES 100 ON THE BOXES AND I WAS WANTING TO FIND OUT HOW MANY WERE IN THE SERIES. THEY ARE COPYWRITE DATED 1943. ANY INFO YOU COULD PROVIDE WOULD BE HELPFUL.
THANK YOU "DB"
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from Jim McW--20 September 2001:
We believe these were produced mainly during World War II and, perhaps for a while after the war.
Verl Cook has contributed a number of photos from his collection, which includes some of that series. Look for that illustrated listing, on our HART page. There is also a link in our Military Themes section.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[308]from "AB"-20 September 2001:
I am looking for a springbox puzzle titled Dreams,the puzzle number is 4181. Do you know where I can purchase one. Thank you. "AB"
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from Jim McW--25 September 2001:
Anyone have one of these and wish to sell it?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[309]from "MCS"-21 September 2001:
Hello,
I am looking for 300 piece jigsaw puzzles, can anyone give me a source?
Thanks "MCS"
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from Jim McW--25 September 2001:
Dear puzzler:
1. Look on the LINKS page. Check the various on-line puzzle store links. We believe some of them may have 300-piece sections.
2. Perform a search for "jigsaw puzzles 300" on internet auction sites.
3. Look on our FOR SALE pages. We may have vintage 300 piece puzzles for sale there from time to time.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--30 September 2001:
Hi MCS, I have some 300 oversize piece puzzles in my online catalog. If you would go to www.missouripuzzle.com and look under oversize piece puzzles you can see what I have. I hope this helps.
Nancy

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[310]from "AL"-23 September 2001:
Hello! I'm looking for jigsaw puzzles with pictures by the artist Maxfield Parrish. My husband did one, liked it so much he framed it and now wants another one. I don't remember where I got the first one. Do you have any ideas of where to look?
Thanks so much, "AL"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--30 September 2001:
Hello, "AL"
I have a few Maxfield Parrish puzzles in my shop. If you would check out my on line catalog www.missouripuzzle.com, under fine art puzzles, you can see what I have.
Nancy

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[311]from "RC"-25 September 2001:
I found some very old puzzles, still in the original boxes. One is made in England by Arrow Games limited, the name of it is "LANDSCAPE". The other is made in England by Tower Press (London) Ltd, its a Majestic, and the name of it is "Yeoman Warders On Tower Green Trooping The Colors". I know they must have a higher value on them but don't know where to go to find out how much, or where to sell them. Can you help me? thanks "RC"
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from Jim McW--25 September 2001:
We can only tell you that the price realized depends on several factors, including: condition, completeness, the appeal of the picture, rarity, the venue in which you try to sell the puzzle(s), etc. One good way is to sell on one of the on-line auction sites, but we have noticed that the same puzzle may get little or no bidding one time, and bidding to high prices the next time.
Do you know the approximate dates of issue of the puzzles? Can you provide a picture or scan of the puzzle or box?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[312]from "K"-27 September 2001:
Hello, I am seeking a jigsaw puzzle "The Rookie" based on a picture by Norman Rockwell for my son. He has two of the series of three. Thank you, "K"
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from Jim McW--30 September 2001:
Anybody have "The Rookie" , and want to sell to the enquirer?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "K"--19 October 2001:
Jim,
Thank you for posting my message...have located the puzzle and given it to my son.....Thanks again. K
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[313]from "RF"-27 September 2001:
I am searching for a puzzle by Ceaco called The General Store. It is currently out of print.
Thank you "RF"
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from Jim McW--30 September 2001:
We are not familiar with this title. Could you be thinking of a puzzle which bears the title, "Den of Antiquity"? You can view that puzzle near the top of our Ceaco page. We do happen to have one of these in stock and complete, with a little shelf wear and minor crushing. Thanks, Jim McW
P.S. See Nancy's comments on another possibility:
"Trump's General Store"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--30 September 2001:
Hello RF, I am not sure if this is the puzzle you are looking for but I have one called Trumps General Store, in my shop. It is by Ceaco and is a picture of a miniature general store made with things of common every day items, e.g. ceiling made of playing cards, a vaccuum cleaner made from a razor shaver. A lamp made from candy and so on. If this is the one, you can email me at misspuzzle@tds.net for more information or you can look at my online catalog at www.missouripuzzle.com. Check it out. You are right, that puzzle is no longer in print, and I believe I have 2 or three left. When they are gone I won't be able to get them again. I hope this helps.
Nancy

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[314]from "EB"-28 September 2001:
I have a springbok " coke adds life to everything nice." (2000pc.) do you know the year or value of this piece. It is framed and hanging in my Coca-cola room.
Thank You, "EB"
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from Jim McW--30 September 2001:
This is a very popular puzzle, apparently, because we have received several inquiries about it (see no 91, on Page 7. This puzzle and similar ones show up on internet auction sites sometimes. Hope this helps.
Thanks, Jim McW
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