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[450]from "CM"-22 January 2002:
Dear Puzzle history,
I have a few vintage puzzles, one being at least 60-75 years old, and two that are probably at least 25-30 years old . How should I store these puzzles? I have original boxes for the newer ones, but the really old one is minus the box. I would like to display the puzzles as completed. I wouldn't permanently glue them or anything, ( horrors! ) but I would create a frame of sorts where the puzzles could be safely nestled in a recessed space and hung on the wall as a picture. My question to you is, is this feasible, and not harmful to the puzzles? Any suggestions as to how about doing this with the maximum care to the puzzle?
Again, only if it is a good idea!
"CM"
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from Jim McW--23 January 2002:
If you do a SEARCH on our site, the inquiry " frame " or " mount ", you will find info in nos. 93, 213, 258, and 412. These pages are on pages Seven, Fifteen, Nineteen, and Twenty-Nine, respectively.
We certainly understand the urge to frame and mount puzzles. We are not enthusiastic about gluing puzzles together, but many people seem to be pleased with the results. We believe that it is usually possible, with a small- to average-sized puzzle, to frame and mount it without glue. We suspect that some puzzles are more susceptible than others to fading and foxing (spotting, basically) from long-term excessive exposure to sunlight and modern airborne particulates. For instance, some of the modern puzzles with a glossy finish may be less likely to fade, while older puzzles with more of a matte finish may be more delicate. I would advise caution, and, remember, that puzzle you're mounting won't be as easy to replace in a few years. One precaution which might seem extreme is to buy two of any favorite puzzle which you're thinking of mounting. Store the extra one in a cool, dry place, just in case the mounted one eventually develops problems.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--24 January 2002:
Back in August, we had this exchange with a customer who had bought puzzles from our collection, and this is a good time to quote our comments and the customer's reply:

Thanks for the feedback. We receive a lot of inquiries about framing and hanging, so, any time you are so inclined, we can use directions, instructions, and experiences in that craft. We, personally, are not inclined to hang puzzles very often, but we are curious how to do it, should we ever find the right puzzle and the right wall space! The best way I know of involves a simple arrangement of composite wood backboard, a clear vinyl cover sheet, and four metal (aluminum?) edge pieces, which clamp onto the edges of the board and vinyl and form the frame. I don't know where to find these things, these days, though.

To which the customer replied:
Jim, I use a poster frame that you can get in K-Mart or Target. They may be too big but you can use the paper inside them that has the size printed on it and turn it over so it is all white. You center the puzzle on that and replace the backing and the clear vinyl and put on the sides and VOILA you are ready to hang it. Sometimes I use double sided tape to keep the puzzle from slipping.

We hope some of this may help, 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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[451]from "S337"-22 January 2002:
Just wondering if you can help me find again a puzzle I remember from my youth. Puzzle was either six or eight sided border of birds of north america (or possibly of states) approximately 12+ birds depicted on the puzzle with a white or light background. Any info on its availability or manufacturer would be appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.
"S337"
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from Jim McW--22 January 2002:
See no. 158 on Page 11.
Four of the puzzles listed there were octagonal, but I believe the one you seek is:
State Birds, 1973, Charles L Ripper, PZL 8036, SPRINGBOKTM
Such a puzzle was offered on an internet auction last year. I believe it pictured a cardinal, a pheasant, a wren, a bluebird, a pelican, a mockingbird (the state bird of Texas ! ), and quite a few other state birds.
There is also a WHITE MOUNTAINTM puzzle, entitled "State Birds and Flowers", but it is rectangular.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[452]from "Catch-All"-24 January 2002:
Hello, I have just started collecting the Thomas Kinkade puzzles. I am looking for a list of all the puzzles that has been produced up till now. Can you help me. I have been to his web page and they don't even carry the puzzles. I have tried many puzzle makers like Ceaco and such. But get a few but not all. So if you can help me I would really be grateful.
Thanking you in advance for your help and sending hope and peace along your way.
A Thomas Kinkade Fan
"Catch-All"
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from Jim McW--24 January 2002:
See no. 87 on Page 7, no. 205 on Page 15, and no. 265 on Page 19.
We have never received any other puzzle titles, other than the ones listed in no. 87.
PLEASE, anyone who knows of other titles, send them in, and we will post them.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[453]from "Grandma"-26 January 2002:
Looking for puzzle of coffee pot with firemen running up and down ladders/ fire underneath with white writing on black background advertising either gold shield coffee or hills brothers. Not a rectangular shape, but in the shape of the coffee pot, with steam coming out of spout. Probably the 1930's. Promotional. I remember one of the pieces of the writing having the word "marvelous" on an extended piece. On the middle of the coffee pot man in gold robe and turban on head with arms upraised holding something. Came in small golden colored box.
"Grandma"
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from Jim McW--28 January 2002:
We have seen a Hills Brothers Co puzzle, both on internet auctions and illustrated in Anne Williams' wonderful book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide. The man in the gold robe and turban is actually on the can of coffee, and he is holding a cup of coffee up to his lips. We recommend this book to everyone interested in old puzzles, but it is out of print and sometimes a little difficult to find. ( We just happen to have two copies for sale, though!)
Thanks, Jim McW
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[454]from "NK"-26 January 2002:
Thank you for your time.
I have a Whitman Publishing Co. Jig Saw Puzzle in a box that measures 5w x 6.5h x 3.5d with a metal top and bottom. the Title of the puzzle is "Spring Willow", No. 4610, Series No. 203. Original cost was $.59. I would like to know the Manufacture date, age, worth, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
"NK"
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from Jim McW--28 January 2002:
Sounds as if it's similar to this one,
Marina Grande Capri"Marina Grande Capri", WHITMANTM
We believe these came out in the 1950's or 1960's. We would expect them to sell for under $10, usually.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "NK"--30 January 2002:
First of all, thank you for your timely and informative response to my question. I Have a couple more questions please.
1. The Designer Guild puzzle I refered to in Question #454 has 1 piece missing. What does this do to the value ?
2. I also Have a ALL-Fair Puzzle, Series E, No. 35, Titled "The Blue Pacific", 325 pieces (all there) in excelent condition including the box. Any information will be appreciated.
Thanks,
"NK"
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from Jim McW--30 January 2002:
Pieces missing lowers the value of a puzzle very much, especially those which are of little value to begin with. The All-Fair sounds a lot better, as well as perhaps being a bit scarcer. Can you send a picture of the All-Fair?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[455]from "K2"-28 January 2002:
Would these puzzles be worth anything?
The Street (Norman Rockwell) #66764
World on Wheels
Built 1896
These were commissioned for the Fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Motor Company.
"K2"
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from Jim McW--28 January 2002:
We are not familiar with these titles, but the puzzles sound interesting. If they are complete, in good condition, and well represented, they might do well in an auction venue. Can you send pictures? If so, we will post them with this item.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[456]from "SW"-27 January 2002:
I would like to find the square dance puzzle by Pauline Jackson? How would you suggest I track one down? Thanks.
"SW"
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from Jim McW--28 January 2002:
I don't think we have one in our collection, although we do have several Pauline Jackson puzzles available. Does anyone have this puzzle available for sale?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[457]from "CKK"-29 January 2002:
hello i have this puzzle from guild 304 pieces, and is of the glacier national park.
I was wondering if you could tell me how old it is and if it's worth anything? If I wanted to sell it, how much should i sell it for?
"CKK"
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from Jim McW--30 January 2002:
You're referring to: Glacier National Park "Glacier National Park" WHITMAN GUILDTM
I would estimate the 1950's or 1960's, and maybe $5 or $10 in very nice condition.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[458]from "MZ"-29 January 2002:
I am looking for puzzles that feature blue and gold macaws. Any suggestions?
Thanks.
"MZ"
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from Jim McW--30 January 2002:
There was a puzzle in an internet auction a few months ago with a picture of such a bird, I think. If we bid on it, we were not successful. We do have a couple of puzzles on the SALE pages, which feature birds.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[459]from "CKK"-31 January 2002:
geese "geese", title unknown.
Hello Jim ..I have another puzzle i'm interested in knowing if you might have info on it. I got it at a yard sale. the pieces are all there but it didnt come in it's box..It came in a different container. I put the puzzle together and took a picture of it, hoping you might know anything about it or others like it..It's a wood puzzle of geese..The puzzle is in good shape, and dosnt seem to look very old. This is the first wood puzzle i have ever seen so im not sure if the puzzle pieces change color after so long...Like in a old book..Any way I will send a pic and I hope you can get back to me on this ....thanx for the info on the other puzzles i had....Thanx
"CKK"
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from Jim McW--30 January 2002:
Wooden puzzles often retain their condition and appearance even better than card or cardboard puzzles. However, they sometimes have a little fading or discoloration, after many, many years. We enjoy wooden puzzles very much and appreciate the fact that someone cut out each piece by hand. We are not familiar with this particular puzzle, but we suspect that some wooden puzzles are, in effect, unique -- one of a kind. So you may have a rarity !
Thanks, Jim McW
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[460]from "K.L.B."-1 February 2002:
About 4 years ago my best friend gave me a puzzle of the lords supper. We put it together and all of the pieces are there and it is in mint condition. I remember that the publish date was between 1930 to 1936. Could you possibly help me out with an estimated value of this puzzle? I would send you a picture, but I am not able to at this time.
Thank You
K.L.B.
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from Jim McW--1 February 2002:
"The Lord's Supper" has been a very popular subject for puzzles of the Twentieth Century. There was at least one Perfect Picture, one Macbeth, and one Tuco puzzles published before 1950 which were based on the subject. I'm not aware of any others, but I have no doubt there were others published. It sounds as though it might be worth at least $10 to $15. Of course, it is extremely difficult to say, without a picture, and any effort to sell it will fail to realize the true value, unless the prospective buyers can see it. Do you have the original box? If so, what information does it have on it?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[461]from "JD"-1 February 2002:
HI, I'm hoping you can help me! I have been searching for a puzzle from a Saturday Evening Post cover. I saw it once advertised as Jaymar Puzzle #228 in an internet auction but it went too high for me at the time. It shows a little boy bending over with an orange in his hand-he has just picked an orange from a veg/fruit type display in front of a ma/pa type store and some have fallen on the street. His shocked mother and the male shopkeeper look on. I have no idea who the artist is or if the #228 is correct. I used to have it as a child (in 70's) and my mother sold that and others at her yard sale years ago...can you help me? Is there a website for SEP puzzles? for Jaymar puzzles? Thanks for any help you can give me!
"JD"
P.S. Here is a picture. boy with oranges "boy with oranges", title unknown, a JAYMARTM puzzle, from a SATURDAY EVENING POSTTM cover.
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from Jim McW--1 February 2002:
There has been a number of puzzles based on covers of the SATURDAY EVENING POSTTM. We do not know the title or artist of this one. Does anyone have this one or know of a source of information?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[462]from "RD"-4 February 2002:
I recently gutted an old house that was built around 1900. In the wall I found a puzzle, still in the box. Although the box was dirty and faded, the pieces are in very good shape. The box and the puzzle are both made from cardboard, and is titled "Tally Ho Puzzle". It was published by Seymour Lyman of New York. There are thirty pieces to the puzzle, and it depicts a coach drawn by four horses. All of the pieces have straight cuts, mostly triangular, and the front of the box has the following paragraph:
The coach and four in a tangled plight;
Passengers all in a terrible fright;
Solve, If you can, the question whether
The Tally-Ho can be put together.
If you have any history of this puzzle or it's publisher, I would appreciate the help. I have been unable to find any information on the internet.
Thank You,
"RD"
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from Jim McW--6 February 2002:
You can see a picture of this puzzle in Anne Williams' great book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, page 193. She says that it was produced in the 19th century.
Thanks, Jim McW
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