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[476]from "anon"-27 February 2002:
Hi, my father is a Charles Wysocki puzzle fan. He has bought from Wal Mart and Target. My question is, what site has the best selection of puzzles? Where to buy, etc. Your list of his puzzles was wonderful, as my father can let me know what ones he has and then I can go from there. Thanks for your site.
"anon"
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from Jim McW--27 February 2002:
We are glad to provide a venue for the Wysocki list, but it's kind of a community effort, contributed to by collectors. Since we are collectors ourselves (although we haven't done very many Wysocki's) and are not affiliated with any puzzle manufacturer or seller, we don't really know where the puzzles are available. We do have a link to the Wysocki Gallery website in our Wysocki section.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[477]from "anon"-21 February 2002:
I have two early Springbok wooden puzzles at home. The first one is 3/8 inches thick plywood and Francis Main had never seen it or knows what it's name is. It is similar to 'Mary Queen of Scot' as outlined in her puzzle list. In fact, she describes my puzzle in her Puzzle List II. I also have another wooden puzzle in the same type of box but the pieces are 5/16 inches thick. There is a flyer in this box identifying the puzzle as 'William the Conqueror'. I also have a flyer describing 'Mary Queen of Scots'. Have you seen or do you know where a copy of 'Mary Queen of Scots' is? If you want pictures, please let me know.
Thanks,
"anon"
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from Jim McW--27 February 2002:
See no. 474, Page 33, for a possible avenue of investigation.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[478]from "anon"-21 February 2002:
I am new to this site and do not fully understand the way it operates. For instance, I saw several lists of Wysocki puzzles. Is that just to let the reader know what puzzles were printed or does that mean these individuals are the owners of the puzzles? Are any of the puzzles for sale? If any were for sale how does one buy them?
I have 26 of his more recent puzzles and would like to purchase some of the earlier ones. I understand that there is a chance some of them may be reprinted at a later date and that 6 new ones will be on the market sometime after the end of February.
"anon"
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from Jim McW--27 February 2002:
Various collectors of Wysocki puzzles have been helping us to post as complete a list of the various issues as possible. We have not posted all the photos which they have sent in, but we are doing the best we can. The only puzzles which can be purchased from this site are extras from our own collection. I think we will have occasional Wysocki puzzles available, but most of the puzzles we make available for sale are puzzles we have worked. We don't have any Wysocki's at this time, except we may make "Wells Fargo Memories" available. We would like to hear if someone is going to issue more Wysocki puzzles.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "anon--27 February 2002:
Mr. McWhorter,
Thank you for answering my message and, if you wouldn't mind, I have some additional questions. What do you mean when you say you would like to hear from some more people who are issuing new puzzles. Does issuing mean newly printed by the company or by individuals who are selling the puzzles or is it still something else. As you can see, I am very dense at times.
The Wysocki people were kind enough to answer a previous message and sent me a complete list dated August 2001 of all the puzzles printed. However, there was puzzle called The Veterinarian that I wanted to order a year or so ago but at that time it was out of print. I don't see it listed or mentioned on any other lists that I have seen since then. It was a picture of a Doctor attending to a small animal while its young owner looked on.
As you probably know, the Wysocki company has 6 new puzzles on the way and they said they should be posted on their web site by the end of the month. Since this is the end of the month there seems to have been an unforseen delay somewhere along the line. Any information you can give me about this site would be appreciated. I have been a life long fan of puzzles and never tire of them.
Thanks, "anon"
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from Jim McW--27 February 2002:
I mean that we learn from others at least as much as others learn from our site. We consider this a community effort and greatly appreciate the help we have received from so many nice "puzzlers" out there. We certainly hope there are new puzzles coming out in this line, but we have no first-hand knowledge. We are glad to hear it. These things often take more time than we would like! Please keep us informed.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "anon--28 February 2002:
Mr. McWhorter,
Checked the Wysocki Web Site which said the puzzle production has been delayed and the 6 new puzzles will go into production March 5 and for sale in mid March. Read the Q&A section for the first time and found it very enjoyable and informative.
Thanks, "anon"
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[479]from "BPG"-27 February 2002:
Good morning,
I first would like to apologize for my "bad" english. I hope you will understand what I write.
I am french and really enjoy jigsaw puzzles. About 10 years ago, as I was visiting friends of mine in the United States, I put together a really funny little jigsaw puzzle. Lately, I have been searching the web to try to find what company manufactured it. To these days I am completely unsuccesfull. The jigsaw puzzle I am talking about was as follows :
Rectangular. About 300 pieces (I'm not sure). It was a humoristic drawing representing a hospital. You could see all the windows of a several-floor building. Each window was made of 4 pieces where you could see 1 or 2 characters talking. As all the pieces were exactely shaped the same way, the only way to assemble the puzzle was to put each window together and then follow what the characters were saying about one another. Once finished, it was possible to check on your work by flipping the puzzle over because the word "congratulations" was written all over the back. As it was written in different types and sizes, it was easy to see if you made any mistake.
I really would like to know what company publishes this puzzle because I would really like to buy some through the internet.
I sincerely hope you will be able to help me.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read my mail.
Best regards.
"BPG"
Aix en Provence - FRANCE
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from Jim McW--28 February 2002:
Your english is excellent, and we thank you for the question and for the excellent description of what sounds like a really fun puzzle.
Does anyone in the "puzzling" community recognize this puzzle? Any ideas as to which company produced it? Please let us know if you do, and we will pass it on to "BPG".
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--28 February 2002:
Hi Jim, I think the puzzles this person is talking about were called the "Talking Puzzles", they were made by Buffalo Games, they are not made any more. There was a Hospital, High School, the Beach, and I think one was a hotel or apartment building. Just before they discontinued them there was two more made , one was a hotel that was in a square tall box and there was a die cut sort of form that went around the box and you were supposed to work the puzzle in it, They called it a 3D puzzle. We have a lot of requests for those, but they haven't been made for 3 or 4 years now.
Nancy

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from "BPG"--1 March 2002:
Thank you very much for your kindness. It is a little bit sad for me to know they are not being made any longer... I guess the only chance to get one is to regularly check on auction sites and hope one will eventually show up...
I take this occasion to congratulate you on your Charles Wysocki collection, those are sooo beautiful !!!
Thank you again.
"BPG"

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from Jim McW--1 March 2002:
I hope I have attributed this letter to the right person, as there was no identification. We found two of the hospital puzzles on internet auction sites yesterday.
As for "our" Wysocki collection, all the pictures have been provided by the puzzling community, mainly by Ed Tabor. Our thanks again to him.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "BPG"--2 March 2002:
Hi, your assumption was right ! I'm sorry, I did use another e-mail address without thinking about it. This address is the one I work with... oups !
I did take a look at the sites you told me about, and what I've found is very much alike the hospital type of things. Being on the internet auction site, I did find one "talking puzzle" and am very, very happy about it !!! Also, now that I know the company who manufactured them, I've found some of their new puzzles very nice !!!
So, thank you again for your help.
With all my gatitude,
"BPG"

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[480]from "CJD"-28 February 2002:
Sir:
I am trying to find a puzzle I put together about 5 years ago. It was of the sign forest in Watson Lake, Yukon, Canada. I don't know who was the manufacturer. Can you give me any assistance?
Thank you,
"CJD"
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from "SMR"--28 July 2003:
I don't know if you got a response to this question yet, but the manufacturer of the puzzle is Milton Bradley, and dated 1995. My grandson lost a piece to my puzzle and I just found this site while exploring the possibility of how to replace the puzzle/piece.
"SMR"
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[481]from "PT"-28 February 2002:
I was wondering if there is a site or a way to find out the titles of prints that have been made into puzzles for Charles Wysocki, Jane Wooster Scott & Heronim?? I get a lot of my info off from internet auction sites and it seems like there should be a site that you could go into to find this out. I'm really interested in Jane W. Scott & Heronim....much brighter puzzles!! Also, is there a bulletin board for puzzle people to post info, requests, etc.??
Thank you for your time
"PT"
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from Jim McW--28 February 2002:
You can see our Wysocki Puzzles Section, and you can do searches on our Search Page, AND you can write to us here to post questions, info, etc.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--28 February 2002:
Hi Jim, quick note for # 481
Did you know that Heronium ( supposed to be Greek for "artist") is Charles Wysocki's Brother? There have been so many puzzles made from those 3 peoples prints, I don't know who would know about them all.
Nancy

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from "PT"--4 March 2002:
Yes, I knew that Charles & Herinom were brothers...in fact, I was in Kmart this last weekend and picked up some new puzzles from Herinom...County Fair, Grand Peacock Hotel, New England Lighthouse & Southern Mansion. Is there anyone out there that would like to trade puzzles from time to time?? Or possibly exchange just for the joy of working them and then return to original owner...If so, write to patriciaethor@aol.com
Thanks,
"PT"
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[482]from "KKTF"-28 February 2002:
I am looking for 3 puzzles:
Fairchild - Mystic Seaport (1000 pieces),
Milton Bradley (Magnum series) - Wasserburg
& Lech, Austria (both 2000 pieces).
If anyone has these I would be interested in buying them. Thanks,
"KKTF"
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[483]from "EH"-28 February 2002:
I have aquired a puzzle manufactured by The Chilcote Company Cleveland Ohio. The Name is Barney's Bungling Circus Interlocking Picture Puzzle featuring six different episodes over 300 pieces size 12 x 16 Circus Series No. 6 In Winter Quarters.
Wondering what this would be worth? All pieces, box good condition, including informational paperwork inside, Copyright 1933
"EH"
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from Jim McW--28 February 2002:
We would expect at least $10 to $15, but it would be easier to estimate if we had pictures! Most of these puzzles were cork or cork-backed, as we recall.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[484]from "AH"-1 March 2002:
Would you be able to tell me what is the name for the handheld puzzle which has one square missing so that you can rearrange the pieces to make an image?
"AH"
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from Jim McW--1 March 2002:
We believe most people call these "slide puzzles".
Thanks, Jim McW
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