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[432]from "RB"-15 January 2002:
Hi, I was wondering where or how I could purchase puzzles that have the bigger pieces that an older person would like. I work in a Nursing Home, and one man has been putting together puzzles with the bigger pieces and now I can not find any more and they have been working out just great.
Please let me know what I can do.
Thank You
"RB"
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from Jim McW--15 January 2002:
Look on the on-line jigsaw puzzle stores for which we have links on our LINKS PAGE. I believe several of them have puzzles with large pieces. I am almost positive that Nancy Ballhagen's MISSOURI PUZZLES has some, because we recently bought from them a beautiful puzzle depicting a bluebird on an old fence, with very large pieces.
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[433]from "AF"-16 January 2002:
Would like information on whitman/crown guild. The puzzle has 1000 pieces & the box says machine cut. The series is #728 (english countryside). It has a stucco type house with thatched roof, there is a low long shed beside the house with 4 chimneys & an old bus parked in front of it in the bushes . Would like the date if possible & any other info you might have. thanks,
"AF"
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[434]from "DJ"-16 January 2002:
Waddington JigMap Puzzles
Do you have any guide as to whether these puzzles can still be purchased.
Thanks
"DJ"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2002:
We suspect that these all were issued a few years ago [ see our WADDINGTON'S page]. Try on-line auction sites, garage sales, bazaars, thrift shops, etc.
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[435]from "POR"-11 January 2002:
no. 251 and no. 408:
The question was regarding a jigsaw puzzle championship (as described in Reader's Digest). The championship was held in September, 2000 in Chicago. There were three categories: family, singles, and doubles. There was no tournament in 2001. Wish there was a tournament this year that you could come to, but, alas, there's not.
Thanks for supporting jigsaw puzzling!
Best Regards,
"POR"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2002:
We have learned of a site about the tournament:
http://www.nationaljigsawchampionship.com/
We freely admit that we are not in the same class with the winners of that contest. The times were much faster than I can muster!
On the other hand, it sounds as though it WOULD have been a lot of fun.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--31 August 2002:
NOTE: The site referred to just above is no longer active.
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[436]from "GZ"-17 January 2002:
Hi, am interested in Shmuzzles Puzzles. They used to be at 1750 N. Wells in Chicago , IL 60614. All the pieces in each puzzle are the same shape.
Forever
"GZ"
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from Jim McW--4 July 2004:
Please be aware that there is now a SHMUZZLES website: ***************
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[437]from "OLA"-16 January 2002:
Can anybody tell me what became of Saalfield Publishing, the company itself?
Is it still in business, or doing business in some other incarnation? Did it become part of another publisher along the way?
Thanks.
"OLA"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2002:
We are not aware of any production after the 1970's. Anyone have more information?
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from Jim McW--21 August 2002:
Anne Williams, in her book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, mentions 1974 as the latest date that SAALFIELD was in business.
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[438]from "G720"-17 January 2002:
Have puzzle title "TOMORROWLAND" and "SH-N-N " from jaymar series.
Can you tell me if they are worth anything.
"G720"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2002:
We are not familiar with these titles. Anyone recognize them?
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[439]from "MAJ"-17 January 2002:
Hi, I have a handicapped adult son who is capable of working 500 to 750 piece puzzles. They must be fully interlocking. He has really shown an interest in the Schimmel 700 piece puzzles, and we seem to have exhausted the supply carried in our "Kaybee" and other stores. He likes Animals, Fish, scenery and anything to do with Bridges or Water. The ones we have say MB Puzzle (Hasbro) from original painting by Schim Schimmel licensed by Art Impressions. Have they been discontinued?
We live in [eastern USA]. Can you please direct us to any nearby Puzzle outlets?
Thanks,
"MAJ"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2002:
Missouri Puzzles has at least one SCHIMMELTM of 1000 pieces. Try their site and some of the other on-line puzzle stores.
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[440]from "PB"-17 January 2002:
About 10 years ago, I purchased an Educa puzzle Item# 7955. " Alexander Magno visiting Apelles' studio. W. van Haecht". This previous weekend our basement was semi-flooded. My puzzle was completed and mounted on a sheet of particle board. The water seeped into the particle board and puzzle pieces. I am struggling to find this item on the internet for a replacement value as well as a place in which I can purchase this item. Please Help Me.
"PB"
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[441]from "ABK"-18 January 2002:
Garden Scene"Garden Scene", Watkins Products.
Hi Jim, I have never seen this brand puzzle before in my 30 years of collecting puzzles. I thought it was really old until I saw the zip code on the company address. If my memory serves me, we got zip codes in the early sixties.
My question - is it rare? A promo item?
I would appreciate any help.
Thanx and keep up the good work.
Regards ABK
P.S. Details I have are:
From the box "This scene is taken from original watercolor art done specifically for Watkins in 1917 for the Watkins almanac and Cookbook of that year."
Size 16x20 - 500 pieces.
At bottom has 5714 - perhaps the puzzle number.
And last: Watkins Products, Inc. Winona, MN 55987 Winnipeg Man R38 OG1.
Thanx a million.
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from Jim McW--18 January 2002:
I don't recall Watkins Products having jigsaw puzzles, but it may be that they did. Five-digit zip codes came in around the sixties, I think, as you suggest. I think it may have been a promo. It may even have been produced in Canada, since it includes a Canadian address.
Anybody have any information or ideas?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[442]from Jim McW--19 January 2002:
Occasionally we receive comments from "puzzlers" regarding which brands or types of puzzles are "the best". We ourselves enjoy a wide variety of puzzles, and it is easy for us to see that there are many different tastes out there in "doing puzzles". We are starting a new page, collecting comments from the community about which types of puzzles are the most or least favorite, and favorite brands or themes.
Any comments can be directed to this Q&A number or at the BEST PUZZLES page itself.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[443]from "BR55"-19 January 2002:
I have a puzzle that I want some basic information on - how old is it and is it worth anything. Here is what I have on it:
Name on puzzle "Mothers Treasures" 500 piece, 20X16 inches on heavy board. The side of the box says 1843 Saalfield Pub. Co.
"BR55"
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from Jim McW--19 January 2002:
Can you send us a picture or at least describe the picture? We are not familiar with the title, and more information about the image may help someone to identify it. Also, could the 1843 be 1943 ? Saalfield did not exist in 1843, if that is a date.
Anybody have any information or ideas?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "BR55"--23 January 2002:
The 1843 is located just in front of the name Saalfield Pub Co. Here is a description starting from the left side of the puzzle- A mother sitting in a chair, by a table with a vase of flowers and a cup on it and a dresser, holding a doll. A little girl stands beside her. There is a young child sitting up in a basket/cradle. Another girl sits in a small chair beside the cradle also holding a doll. Then there is a fireplace with a kettle over the fire. On the wall behind them is a small picture and part of a cookoo clock(you see the chains and ends plus a little of the clock- thats it.
Thanks, "BR55"
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from "VM"--5 August 2006:
I am searching for information on this puzzle also. Mine is a reprint. Here is what is on the box:
Jig Saw Puzzle 500 interlocking pieces extra heavy board. Size of picture 16 x 20" - 18 subjects in this series. Made in USA No 4611 Copyright by Milton Bradley Co. Springfield Mass USA. When the puzzle is put together in the bottom right you can see the date 1843 (with a magnifing glass). I too am interested in the history of this puzzle.

Thanks, "VM"
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from Jim McW--5 August 2006:
We believe the 4611 series number indicates that this is a Croxley puzzle. We believe these were published from the 1940's or 1950's until the late 1990's (or later).
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from "VM"--25 August 2006:
Mother's Treasures
" Mother's Treasures "
, MILTON BRADLEYTM
Dear Mr. McWhorter,

I have attached a scanned picture of the Mother's Treasures puzzle box..... Please let me know if you find out any information.

Thank you.

"VM"
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from Jim McW--26 August 2006:
We now suspect the 4611 series number does not indicate that this is a Croxley puzzle.
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[444]from "LAG"-19 January 2002:
to whom it may concern:
I am looking for the Kadacolor Puzzle, RoseArt brand, 1000 piece puzzle, published in 1989 of a draft horse galloping through the snowy woods. I have a copy of it with lots of pieces missing and would like a complete puzzle.
Thanks,
"LAG"
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[445]from "LP"-20 January 2002:
Hello!
My husband came home with a HG Toys puzzle. 50 pieces, Red Ridding Hood, #417, in a cardboard can. The Puzzle is adorable and follows the outline of the characters, rather than being a simple shape. I am having a hard time locating info on this company. I did read that a few others have puzzles like this and that HG Toys started putting these out in the '60's.
Thank you
"LP"
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[446]from "CKK"-20 January 2002:
Gingerbread Man"The Gingerbread Man", HG ToysTM, or HARRET-GILMARTM
I got this HG Toys puzzle from the family of an old man who had passed away. There is one piece missing, but it was a 50 piece puzzle. The container is in fairly good condition, but I can't seem to find any information about it on the web. Is it of any value, or would it be of any value if the piece wasn't missing? thanks,
"CKK"
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from Jim McW--20 January 2002:
These are not rare, but they are fun little puzzles with colorful subjects.
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[447]from "CF"-21 January 2002:
Dear Puzzle History Person:
Oh no -
I just heard from a Hallmark store manager that Hallmark is discontinuing selling Springbok puzzles. They are my all-time favourite.
Do you have any idea if Springbok will continue?
thanks,
"CF"
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from Jim McW--21 January 2002:
We have no information to this effect. Let us hope that Springboks will ALWAYS be produced by someone !
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--23 January 2002:
Check this site: http://www.geocities.com/jigsaw4me , which is about Springbok puzzles and has a message that Hallmark is going to discontinue the Springbok line. Read the scrolling lines for a message . We have heard nothing official, however.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--31 January 2002:
Someone has created an online petition to try to get Hallmark Cards, Inc., to reverse their reported decision to discontinue production of SPRINGBOKTM puzzles. This is the URL:
http://www.petitiononline.com/bokunite/petition.html
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[448]from "DS"-21 January 2002:
Hi,
I was wanting to know where to find the Springboks 1500 piece puzzle of Noah's Ark? Can it be ordered through the internet or which stores are available? I live in [ Central ] Texas.
Thank you,
"DS"
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from Jim McW--21 January 2002:
Call your local Hallmark dealer. If they cannot help, call the Hallmark stores in San Marcos, Lockhart, Elgin, Austin, and San Antonio. The puzzle may no longer be current stock.
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[449]from "SA"-22 January 2002:
i am looking for info on just exactly the puzzles are stamped out and how the "stamp" or whatever is made. Pictures would be a blessing. Thank you for your time. Sincerely,
"SA"
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from Jim McW--22 January 2002:
Well, we wish we knew more about it, too !
You can learn a lot more about it from some of the books about jigsaw puzzles which we have listed on our LINKS page. We understand that metal dies are shaped by tool and die makers into the shape of the pieces, but we've heard of variations on the theme, such as two dies, one to make the horizontal cuts and one to make the vertical lines. The old Tuco Workshops supposedly changed the lines of the dies with each cut, so that no two puzzles had interchangeable pieces. So, we assume that the process may be a little different from one company to another. Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--23 January 2002:
We found a little more discussion on this subject in no. 53, on Page 5.
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