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[377]from "JMK"-27 November 2001:
I am looking for some specific information on a particular puzzle that Whitman/Guild produced in about the 1970's. This puzzle is identified as Series 172 and includes scenic photos from various places including Germany, Spain and the U.S. Do you have any idea how I might contact Whitman regarding a puzzle from this series? Any info you can provide would sure be appreciated.
Thank you,
"JMK"
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from Jim McW--27 November 2001:
See no. 371 above. However, you may be able to find some of these puzzles on the secondary market.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "JMK"--28 November 2001:
Mr. McWhorter,
Thank you for your prompt response about the Whitman puzzles. Actually I already have the puzzle. What I am trying to track is the photo subject for the puzzle itself. The picture is identified (in Series 172) as Cripple Creek, Colorado, but I can't seem to verify the building in the photo. I live in Cripple Creek and have never seen this building before. If you could add this part of my inquiry to my question, it may help.
Thank you again,
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from Jim McW--29 November 2001:
I understand now. Anne Williams, in her essential book, Jigsaw Puzzles, an Illustrated History and Price Guide, says that the Whitman name [on puzzles] was phased out in 1979 or shortly thereafter. That suggests that your puzzle is probably 20 to 35 years old. If the terrain is identifiable as in the Cripple Creek area, then the building may have existed back then, and you may be able to look through area historical and photographic records for it. If the terrain is not identifiable, then the manufacturer or photographer may have taken "artistic license" with the title, substituting a picturesque name for that of the real location; OR, they may have "cut and pasted" a picture of the building onto a picture of the location.
If you can get us a picture of the puzzle or box, we will post that and see if anyone can identify it.
Thanks, Jim McW
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See no. 423, Page 30 or Cripple Creek, Colorado?.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[378]from "JTS"-28 November 2001:
I am looking for a puzzle which was of the cockpit dash of a 747 aircraft. I have been looking for years, since seeing one many years ago.
I cannot remember who made it, but it was a major puzzle company.
can you help
"JTS"
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from Jim McW--29 November 2001:
Is this the puzzle?
Flight 747 Cleared For Takeoff"Flight 747 Cleared For Takeoff"
We're not sure of the maker. There's also a puzzle depicting the cockpit of a Concorde. Does anyone have one of these or know the maker or anything else about them?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from JTS--29 November 2001:
Jim, I just looked at the picture for item 378 an If my memory serves me correctly that is indeed the picture of the puzzle I had in mind. I will sit back now and wait for a possible reply. Thank you so much for your effort, you hit the nail on the head.
"JTS"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--29 November 2001:
Hi Jim, I think the one of the Concord was from Nordevco, I have one somewhere, but many pieces are missing. ( I happened to be in Memphis with my granddaughters and daughter-in -law and we started looking for puzzles in the thrift shops and such, We went to a Salvation Army store and found this puzzle in a bin with many others. The box was opened and the pieces where all over the bottom of the bin. Can you picture two adults and 2 kids scrounging in this bin for the pieces to this stupid puzzle?) It was a fun one to work though. Too bad we couldn't have found all the pieces. We used to carry it in the shop and I think that was it. FX Schmid also made a cockpit and was very pretty but can't remember the name of it. I think it was either 600 or 800 pieces. Never saw the one you have pictured.
Nancy

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from Jim McW--29 November 2001:
There's a Learjet Cockpit puzzle that we recently saw on an internet auction.
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from "JTS"--5 February 2002:
jim,
just to let you know, I did bid and won that puzzle. It is indeed the one I have been looking for now for years. I wanted to thank you for your efforts in helping me acquire this find. Without your help it would not have happened. years ago I had one of these, but some of the pieces were lost. I have wanted another one for more years then I care to recall.
once again, thank you, "JTS"
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[379]from "PZ"-28 November 2001:
aquired a vintage puzzle called "appaloosa horse country" by c m montgomery. am giving this as a gift & would like to find more info to go along with the gift. (puzzle # 1500)
thanks, "PZ"
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from Jim McW--29 November 2001:
Sounds great. Can we get a picture to post here? Does anyone have any idea about this puzzle or the picture upon which it is based?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[380]from "EB"-29 November 2001:
I purchased the puzzle "What's Cooking?" number 2039, by Ceaco Inc. at a garage sale. (It also has the name Joan Stiener on the box) This puzzle is a picture of grandma's kitchen made from household items. The box says there are over 100 items in the picture. What I would like to know -is there a list of all the items in the picture? "EB"
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from Jim McW--29 November 2001:
This sounds like the "not what it seems to be" series. See no. 313 on Page 22 and no. 342 on Page 24, also no. 359 on Page 25. Does anyone know of a list of items? If someone has a list or even a good start on a list, we may post it.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[381]from "DSP"-29 November 2001:
We found an old puzzle of Dillard Mill and was trying to locate some place to purchase this item. The box has Whitman Guild 300 Jigsaw puzzle printed in the USA by western publishing company inc Racine, Wisconsin 53404. the puzzle number is 4425-2
thanks "DSP"
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[382]from "BR"-29 November 2001:
4 small puzzles that connect to make 1 large puzzle--
Have already purchased National Geographic "Wildlife Scene"......are there any others? My grandkids love them but I cannot find any.....help!! "BR"
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from Jim McW--5 December 2001:
These came out a few years ago, we believe, and would only be available on the secondary market (internet auction sites, etc.). Unless someone out there has one or more of these and is willing to sell them...?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[383]from "D3"-29 November 2001:
I have what looks like a charcoal picture by John Drescher. It is a picture of Venice. It looks to be old and of the canal and gondolas and old buildings on the right side of the picture.
If any one knows any thing about this picture, please reply. "D3"
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from Jim McW--29 November 2001:
We believe Drescher to be a puzzle manufacturer, rather than an artist. See no. 30 on Page 3, no. 216 on Page 15, and, especially, no. 294 on Page 21. Does anyone know any more about Drescher art or puzzles?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[384]from "DG"-1 December 2001:
I have several of the Milton Bradley "Good Old Days" series puzzles and am interested in collecting all of them. Information on the total number in this series or even better the list of all the titles in the series would be most helpful. Does anyone have this information or possibly where I could go to find it. Thank you, "DG"
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from Jim McW--1 December 2001:
You may already have found the four or five we have on the MILTON BRADLEYTM page and the ARTISTS page. We can list (tentatively) the following titles:
"The Letter"
"Close of Day"
"Days To Remember"
"A Special Time"
"The Old Bridge"
"Winter"
"Spring"
"Summer" ?
"Fall" ?
"The Old Swimming Hole"
"In Days Gone By"
Does anyone have a complete list of this series?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[385]from "CEA"-4 December 2001:
Trying to determine the manufacturer of a collection of wooden puzzles owned by my great grandmother in the 1920s-1930s. I've been through all of the manufacturers on puzzlehistory's site, and still not found - as far as I can tell - the maker of these remarkable special figure puzzles. The closest I got was, perhaps, Whitman, because of the photo of the puzzle "The Helping Hand" which is in my collection. Almost all of the puzzles are in plain blue boxes, no picture of the puzzle, with two labels, one on top, the other on the side of the box. The label on top reads "Picture Puzzles, for Pastime and Diversion, for weary readers, invalids, tired business people" (the list goes on), The Picture Puzzle Mart, 970 Park Ave., NY. The label on the side reads "Special figure pieces, Copyright 1933"; the title of the puzzle, number of pieces and location of lithograph are handwritten on the label. It appears that some (or all?) of these puzzles were available for borrowing through this Picture Puzzle Mart, and that, eventually, the puzzles went on sale. "CEA"
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from Jim McW--4 December 2001:
Anne Williams, in her great book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, page 35, mentions "Miss Josephine Flood's Picture Puzzle Mart", which rented and sold puzzles produced by PARKER BROTHERSTM. Is it possible to share some pictures?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[386]from "JS3"-4 December 2001:
Is NC Wyeth's 'Soldiers of the Soil' available anywhere? "JS3"
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from Jim McW--5 December 2001:
What a great picture! We have been looking for one of these for a long time. You might keep an eye on internet auction sites....
Thanks, Jim McW
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[387]from "LE"-4 December 2001:
Where can I find a store that still sells the 1000 piece Norman Rockwell Puzzles. Fink Co. out of California used to sell them. Thanks, "LE"
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from Jim McW--5 December 2001:
Try some of the on-line jigsaw puzzle stores listed on our LINKS page. Especially Nancy Ballhagen's MISSOURI PUZZLES. I don't think they're still being produced, so....
Good luck, and thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--6 December 2001:
Hi Jim, I still have a few in the store but don't know when we will be able to get more. Will let you know if we hear any news or progress.
Nancy

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[388]from "PJ"-5 December 2001:
I have an unopened puzzle, MB Quilts 550 interlocking puzzle, titled "Happy Memory", by Etsuko Sugita. Can you tell me what it is worth today, is it vintage? I have just started collecting puzzles, and looked at your site some.
Thank You, "PJ"
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from Jim McW--6 December 2001:
We assume that this was one of the QUILTSCAPESTM series. We are not familiar with it, so it would be difficult for us to say how old it is or how much it is worth. Do you have a picture you can share? Here's a couple from that series, both by Rebecca Barker:
Bluebird on Floral Wreath"Bluebird on Floral Wreath" Dove in the Window"Dove in the Window"
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "PJ"--7 December 2001:
Hi Jim,
Thank you for your response. The series of this puzzle is "Quilts 550", Museum of American Folk Arts Collection, the puzzle with the handcrafted look. Thanks, "P.J."
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[389]from "LW"-5 December 2001:
hi, i have been looking for a city map of Dayton, Ohio. I have one, but there is another that used to be for sale maybe 2 or 3 years ago, but it has been taken off the market in Spilsbury and Bits and Pieces. Haven't seen them anywhere else. Can you possibly tell me where I can get them or the name of the companies that make them? Thanks. "LW"
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[390]from "RC"-6 December 2001:
Hello,
I'm interested in buying a few puzzles. The following puzzles are from Ravensburger and can you assist me in finding or selling them to me?
R16004 Tutankhamun - Metallic
R16002 Historical map of the World - metallic
R16022 Crystal Of Enchantment - Metallic
R16075 Blue Moon - Glow In The Dark Puzzle
R16311 Mystical Waterfall
Thank You, "RC"
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from Jim McW--7 December 2001:
We are unfamiliar with these, except that Tutankhamun has been a popular subject:
Tutankhamen_____ Tutankhamun___ King Tutankhamun
by F.X. SCHMIDTM__by SPRINGBOKTM__by EATONTM
Anyone know where the Ravensburger puzzles "RC" is looking for can be found?
Thanks, Jim McW
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