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[497]from "anon"-12 March 2002:
I purchase a lot of puzzles for myself and my family. My only concern is that I cannot find puzzles with African American pictures on them. I have looked everywhere in my area. Please let me know if you know if any company is or will be producing any in the future.
Thank you
"anon"
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from Jim McW--15 March 2002:
Unfortunately, there is a definite lack in this area. The only company that I know of, which has done something about this, is the W.B. ADAMS CO.TM : http://wbadamspuzzles.com/index.htm
However, I was unable to access their website today ( I was able to do so in November. )
It is our impression that they produced some puzzles for the U.S. Postal Service, and we saw some of their puzzles in stores during the recent holiday season.
Thanks for your excellent question, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--15 March 2002:
We did find at least one puzzle produced by the W.B. Adams Co. on internet auction sites at present, "Animals of Africa". Although it doesn't pertain directly to African American themes, it is an intriguing puzzle.
However, we did find a puzzle,
Underground Railroad"Underground Railroad", by William H. Johnson - a 550 piece puzzle dated 1991, pub. by SENDJOYTM
Also, Ethnic People - South Africa"Ethnic People - South Africa", a 2000 piece puzzle, published 2000 by SMILE PUZZLESTM, RSA.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--15 March 2002:
I don't know how we forgot to include this:
Missouri Puzzles, which has a whole page of puzzles with African American themes! Just look in the column on the left, on their home page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--10 January 2003:
We are happy to report that the W.B. ADAMS CO.TM website, http://wbadamspuzzles.com/index.htm is up and running!
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW-- 7 September 2008:
Try using the search box just below, too.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[498]from "PE"-10 March 2002:
Do you know a history of a puzzle called Verticalville, c.1977 Hallmark, anything about the artist or other information about it ? I am more interested in its history than its value, not for sale, tape is old and yellow, looks like it's been opened once. We love puzzles.
"PE"
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from Jim McW--15 March 2002:
There were three Verticalville puzzles:
1977 [ I ] (rectangular),
1985 (Ambassador),
1986 [ II ] (Panoramic).
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "PE"--15 March 2002:
Mine is the rectangular.
Thanks for your prompt reply, "PE"
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from "NAW"--21 December 2002:
verticalville was the first puzzle designed by Bob Martin in 1975. He was a 1972 graduate of Arizona State university, Bob originally studied to be an architect but found he was mathmatically challenged. Since the 70's he designed more than 20 puzzles for springbok, including verticalville II. His most recent (this may be outdated) i think is: The North Pole Toy Company 2000. Bob now lives in ______ with his wife and dog, Quinn. I only know this because I'm currently spending hours online trying to purchase another of Martin's puzzles for my brother for Christmas. We grew up on them and absolutely love them. Sounds like you feel the same...check out "a short round of golf" it's also great.
"NAW"
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[499]from "PT"-4 March 2002:
RE: No. 481, concerning puzzles of Charles Wysocki, Jane Wooster Scott & Heronim.
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....
Thanks,
"PT"
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[500]from "anon"-10 March 2002:
I found 4 of Pauline Jackson's puzzles 'uncut' at an antique flea market-Quilting Party, The Auction, Square Dance, and The Picnic. Any idea of the value? Thanks.
"anon"
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from Jim McW--10 March 2002:
We're very curious what you've found. How do you know they're jigsaw puzzles, rather than art prints or posters? Do they have the boxes with them? Do you have pictures?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "anon"--11 March 2002:Jim,
I'm sorry I don't have a digital camera. I was at the ______ Flea Market [ in late 2001] and found what I was told were uncut puzzles. They have a Cincinnati address on the back of them - Art Publishers 18 E 4th St.Cincinnati 2, Ohio, and they are very thick cardboard, divotted - have texture, just like a puzzle not paper like a print or poster. They look just like the puzzles,~21"x25" except they are whole, in excellent condition. They say set of four on the back - no.BR1822-1672- The Auction and BR1822-1673- The Picnic, by Pauline Jackson, are the only two that are marked. Squaredance and Quilting Party have nothing on the back. There were no boxes- Are the puzzles marked on the back? I just liked the vibrant colors and thought I'd frame them. Sorry I don't have a camera! What year were these puzzles printed?
"anon"
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from Jim McW--16 March 2002:
We're not aware of the puzzles having anything printed on the back. We believe her work was used on puzzles produced circa 1945-1960 by at least three publishers, Tuco Workshops, Whitman Gold Seal, and Whitman Guild. Does anyone have any other ideas or information about these items?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[501]from "NR"-17 March 2002:
I just aquired this 1968 MB Contour 500 pc puzzle. The box cover reads:
New Raised Surfaces Give Dramatic Depth to Finished Puzzle
Patent Applied For
It has all the pieces and the box looks almost new for a 1968. Can you give me any info on this 3 dimension puzzle of Paris in the Spring. Thank you,
"NR"
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from Jim McW--18 March 2002:
We have only seen one other of this interesting series, titled "Miracle of the Mountain Side", also 1968. Does anyone know anything else about this series?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[502]from "MP"-18 March 2002:
I also have a mb sculpture puzzle, but mine is tutankamun's head.
any help appreciated
"MP"
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from Jim McW--18 March 2002:
We assume this relates to no. 120, Page 9; no. 296, Page 21; and no. 324, Page 23.

We have had quite a few people write to us asking for instructions, many of whom said they had the instructions, but they were in another language, French, we suppose. But we have been unable to get a single person to send us the instructions or a copy thereof [ address near bottom of this page ]. But, we have never seen the instructions, nor do we have a copy. If we had them, I think we could get a translation.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[503]from "RG"-18 March 2002:
I recently bought a WOODEN jigsaw puzzle manufactured by the 3M Company (yes, the Scotch Tape people). It is of a World War One airplane "dogfight", and it's entitled "NIEUPORT 27". I'm guessing that it's from the late 1960's/early 1970's, as that is when the print it was taken from was made. The artist's name is Jim Deneen.
Did 3M make any other wooden puzzles in addition to this one?
Any information you may have, will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
"RG"
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from Jim McW--18 March 2002:
We have seen at least two of these puzzles, both issued about 1970, both very attractive subjects and packaging. One was entitled "Stowe, Vermont", and the other was The Lighthouse
"The Lighthouse"
, by F.H. Wagner.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[504]from "RG"-19 March 2002:
Hi Jim,
Thanks again for your information on the 3M Wooden Puzzles! [see no. 503, above]
I need to pick your brain one more time, if you would be so kind. I'm on the lookout for some JAYMAR military themed puzzles, from the 1960's. They were called something like "Army Action" or "U.S. Army Action". A friend of mine back then, had one of them called "Marne" (?). I'm guessing that it had 500 (?) pieces. How many other titles were in the series? Are they hard to find? Are they "pricey"? Anything you can tell me about them will be greatly appreciated, and helpful in my search.
Thanks again, Jim,
"RG"
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from Jim McW--20 March 2002:
By coincidence, I was asking the expert on World War 2 puzzles, Verl Cook, about puzzles based on the Korean Conflict and the Viet-Nam War. There are very few puzzles with pictures based on either of these two wars, but he did come up with pictures of one puzzle from the Korean Conflict:
Breakthrough At Chipyong-Ni 1951"Breakthrough At Chipyong-Ni 1951", JAYMARTM , "The U.S. Army in Action".
Breakthrough At Chipyong-Ni 1951"Breakthrough At Chipyong-Ni 1951" [Box]
The box says "over 600 pieces. As for your other questions, I've never seen one of these before, so I would suspect that they are hard to find.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from RG--23 March 2002:
Hi Jim,
Thanks a lot for the feedback to my questions regarding the 3M wooden puzzles, and the "U.S. Army in Action" puzzles!!
I think that your "Puzzle History" site is just fantastic! I've been into jigsaw puzzles since the late 1950's, when I was a toddler. It's so much fun to look at all of your "Q & A" listings, especially the the questions pertaining to puzzles that I once worked on and/or owned. I plan on keeping in touch, either with more questions, or maybe even providing help with someone else's questions.

Keep up the great job Jim!

Sincerely,
"RG"
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from Jim McW--23 March 2002:
Thanks to you and to all the other people who ask stimulating questions and provide the answers that I so often don't know ! And thanks for the encouragement.
Looking forward to more questions and answers, Jim McW
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[505]from "KC"-19 March 2002:
I have 7 different Byerley puzzles:
The Gift
Irresistible
The Club House
Monday thru Thursday
Add Water and Stir
Summer Snapshot
Free Clean Puppies
I have some extra ones, if anyone is interested in them.
If anyone has any others please let me know.
"KC"
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from Jim McW--2 March 2002:
We'll add the titles you send to make a more complete list of BYERLEYTM titles:
"Cloudbuster Airlines"
"Bubbles"
"Help on the Way"
"Irresistible"
"Monday Thru Thursday"
"Clubhouse"
"Free Clean Puppies"
"Summer Snapshot"
"The Gift"
"Add Water and Stir"

Now we have ten. Is that all of them?
Thanks, Jim McW
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