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[521]from "LMCM"-29 March 2002:
I am trying to find this particular jigsaw that RoseArt company has discontinued. It comes in four seasons. I need the "summer" collection. The title of the jigsaw is Grandpa's Island Summer - Precious Moments. The brand of the jigsaw is RoseArt. It is oval in shape.
Thank you
"LMCM"
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from Jim McW--27 March 2002:
These show up on internet auction sites occasionally.
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[522]from "LD"-4 April 2002:
I am interested in finding more puzzles in the The Boquet Series of Puzzles. They came in what looked like a book volume for storage on a shelf. There was a flower series. The one I have is the pansie puzzle. There were other series like this that I would like to learn more about. It appears it was put out by Warner Paper Products in Lafayette, IN, maybe from the 60's.
Thank you
"LD"
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from Jim McW--6 April 2002:
These were produced by WARREN BUILT-RITETM.: Bouquette Design Bouquette Flower
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[523]from "MBCF"-6 April 2002:
I have a complete set of the harett-gilmar inc puzzles. I have 6 complete puzzles in the original cans and in excellent shape still. I too am very curious about when there were made and how much they are worth. thanks
"MBCF"
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from Jim McW--6 April 2002:
HARETT-GILMARTM was founded in 1947. We believe they have been making puzzles since that time. The HG puzzles which come in cylinders usually sell for $5 to $10, or less, depending on condition, completeness, etc.
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[524]from "TP"-6 April 2002:
Hello ? and ans. dept.,
I would like to know, how do you clean a puzzle that has been glued and put in a frame. It's cardboard like. Not thick. Don't know if anything has been put on the pic. to preserve it but I'd say not, for it's all yellow from years of cigarette smoke. It looks like it's in smog city. Do you have any advice?
Thanks for your time.
"TP"
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from Jim McW--6 April 2002:
We have no idea where to start. It would probably depend on what kind of cardboard ( how porous ) and whether the smoke, etc. has penetrated the surface.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "anon"--7 April 2002:
This is how I "clean" puzzles........ So far, I've had very good luck. Now, I've done this mostly to remove "smells" like mildew or musty smells or "old" smells, but I've noticed it does quite well with cleaning the boxes and puzzles too!
I use Febreze! You know...... the stuff you use to remove smells from fabric that you buy in the grocery store. Spray a quick light coat on the box and wipe off immediately with a paper towel. You can do this to the "shiny" side of the box and ALSO to the porous side of the box! It appears like it's spotting the porous side, but as soon as it dries, you can't see where it's been at all. After wiping, I like to set the box next to a heat source. I have gas heat, so it blows warm. I set the box up directly on top of the vent so the air can circulate around the box. I PREFER to set the box in the sun though, on a nice sunny warm day. How does this relate to a puzzle??? Well, I also treat the puzzles the same way. Spray and immediately wipe and set by heat source or in the sun. The back side of the puzzle is a bit harder to wipe dry because the paper towel tends to "shed" on the edges of the pieces. Sometimes I just spray the backs of puzzles and blot instead of wiping. I would suggest trying any "suggestion" like this on an "unimportant" puzzle to see if you like the results. Don't know if this would work for ciggy smoke, but in my opinion, it would be worth a try!
"anon"
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[525]from "PC1"-7 April 2002:
What was the first Springbok puzzle made of a Jackson Pollock Painting?? It predates Convergence I think.
"PC1"
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from Jim McW--13 April 2002:
We are not aware of such a puzzle, nor is Macboof, who is now the source for Frances Main's "Springbok Puzzle List".
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[526]from "KH"-8 April 2002:
Am curious as to the number of jigsaw puzzles sold in the US annually.
"KH"
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from Nancy Ballhagen of MISSOURI PUZZLES--11 April 2002:
Hi Jim, Well here is that question again, how many puzzles are sold in a year. Well we are up to 88,600 plus. Talking to some of our suppliers I learned that most of the larger companies, ((Milton, Ceaco Great American and Schmid/Ravensburger, Warren/Rose Art etc.), the minimum amount of most any puzzle produced is 25,000. If you multiply that by the number of puzzles in each line, using all my fingers and toes, its a bunch.
Nancy
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from Jim McW--13 April 2002:
We have ventured a guess of at least two to three million puzzles sold in the United States each year. We suspect it may be a much higher figure. Anyone know for sure?
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[527]from "AM"-8 April 2002:
Hi there---
How many different Springbok state puzzle maps were produced?
I am a collector and looking for more. Any ideas where to find them???
Thanks for any help.
"AM"
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from "a knowledgeable source"--12 April 2002:
There were 8 of them.:
PZL5001 Minnesota
PZL5002 New York
PZL5003 California
PZL5004 Pennsylvania
PZL5005 Illinois
PZL5006 Michigan
PZL5007 Ohio
PZL5008 Texas
These are SHAPED (Outline) puzzles. Pieces vary from 300+ to 600+. The first 7 are in round boxes. Texas is by far the hardest to run across. It was put out in a square box. I've been told that these outline state puzzles were discontinued because they didn't sell well. (If they had only known how well they are selling now!!!!!!!)
In addition~ There are 3 Robert Blair Martin state puzzles. They are PZL5945 California, A State of Mine; PZL5946 Texas, A State of Mine and PZL5959 Florida, A State of Mine. All of these are in large square boxes and are 1000 piecers.
"anon"
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[528]from "MBW"-9 April 2002:
Merry Meet,
I have just found your site and have been having a great time checking out all the older puzzles. I have just started to collect recently. All of the ones we have so far are the newer ones out and fall into one of these themes...civil war - native american - fantasy horse - horse - old west - cats - or something that just happens to catch our attention. We are doing it for the fun and challenge and frustration some times, of putting them together. I do have a question. When did puzzles first come out or become popular? I collect a few select items from the civil war era (1860 - 1865) and we use them to decorate our den. Is there any chance of finding a puzzle from this era? I would not care what the picture is, as long as it is authentic, and in fairly good condition. Any help yall can give would be most appreciated.
Thanx
"MBW"
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from Jim McW--11 April 2002:
Jigsaw puzzles began in the late 18th century. Puzzles from the U.S. Civil War era would be fairly pricey, when you can find them in good condition. They would probably be hand-cut, wooden puzzles. We have seen one or two puzzles from the late 1800's sold on internet auction sites recently, including a specimen of the "Smashed Up Locomotive" puzzle. You can learn more about the history of jigsaw puzzles ( and see a picture or two of the locomotive puzzle ) in Anne Williams' book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide".
Thanks, Jim McW
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[529]from Chris McCann--9 April 2002:
#197 is Whitman Gold Seal Series 525 "Copper Queen" which I had a few months ago but sold.
#473 is on 3 puzzles including Tuco "Camped by a Waterfall" - artist unknown, but looks like Thompson's work.
#271 not in Hintermeister or Goodwin catalogs, but looks familiar.
#514 B.C.Reichert not found, but Karl Reichert was famous animal painter.
Chris
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[530]from "NW"-9 April 2002:
I have a Harett-Gilmar Pinocchio 50 Large interlocking piece puzzle I played with this puzzle when I was a kid. The Number on this is 406. Can you give me any more information about this?
"NW"
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from Jim McW--11 April 2002:
See no. 523, above. You can do a SEARCH of our site, using harett-gilmar as your search term ( use other possible spellings, and the abbreviation HG, as well), to see other questions and answers about these puzzles.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[531]from "GL"-10 April 2002:
How do you solve the Robin Hood tree puzzle which is to place the seven pieces of wood into a tree shape?
"GL"
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[532]from "anon"-10 April 2002:
Hi....I just found your site puzzlehistory.com. I was wondering if you could help me. I just recently found two old wooden puzzles in a closet. They are Made in Switzerland and have a label on the front that says Puzzle Penelope. Do you know anything about the history of these puzzles. Any idea how old they are? Any information would be great.
Thanks for your help in advance.
"anon"
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from Jim McW--11 April 2002:
We have seen a few of these, and they have all been children's puzzles. We have the impression they are from the seventies or later, but we have no certain information. Does anyone know any more about this puzzle maker?
By the way, "anon" is simply our designation for those who send us inquiries not addressed to "qa@puzzlehistory.com" or "answers@puzzlehistory.com" and not otherwise indicating permission to use a "nickname".
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "PM"--28 April 2003:

Hi Jim

I'm just writing a few lines on these for the BCD magazine in England. These puzzles are made in Switzerland, the town of Aigle, to be precise. I understand they are manufactured in sheltered workshops by people with disabilities. The puzzles are still produced today, and their children's jigsaw puzzles (about 100 pieces) and 3 dimensional wooden puzzles are available in shops in Europe. The history of the company is still under research.

I have one or two early examples in my own collection of maps, and a very intricately cut adult puzzle of humming birds - at a guess, these date from the 1940s.
"PM"
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from Jim McW--1 May 2003:

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[533]from "NSP"-11 April 2002:
Hi, I work for a TV production company in London, UK and I was wondering if you would be so kind as to give me some useful jigsaw statistics for a programme idea that we are developing.
Useful information may include stats and info on:
the oldest jigsaw
the smallest jigsaw
the largest jigsaw
the most expensive jigsaw
jigsaws of the rich and famous
how many are sold each day/month/year around the World/ USA/ UK etc?
the most difficult jigsaw
the longest/ shortest time anyone has spent completing a jigsaw puzzle
details of any jigsaw puzzle competitions or major events
etc............
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks & I look forward to hearing from you soon,
"NSP"
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[534]from "JJD"-10 April 2002:
I have a big ben 1008 piece, size 22 by 28 puzzle, titled THE SEA WITCH. I was wondering how old it is. It is not like the modern puzzles, it is 1/8th by 3/4 in. pieces. I think it is very old,maybe u could help.
"JJD"
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[535]from "KM"-11 April 2002:
I've recently come across various series of RoseArt Puzzles. They are titled 30's, 40's, 50's etc. I am wondering where I can get more of these puzzles, or if they are still being made.
Thank you for your time.
"KM"
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from Jim McW--13 April 2002:
We are not aware of these being produced so early. Can you send us some pictures?
Thanks, Jim McW [note, added later: I must have been half asleep when I answered this one. See Nancy's comments, below.]Decades, 1950's"Decades, 1950's", KODACOLORTM.
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from Nancy Ballhagen of MISSOURI PUZZLES--13 April 2002:
The puzzles you are referring to are called "Decades" and featured the " The 30"s", "The 40's", "The 50's ", and "The 60's ", and were made by Warren/Rose Art. They are not produced any longer but the company still has some stock as far as I know. I still have a few sets in my shop. Interesting fact, I was told by customer service that all the memorabilia used in the pictures on the puzzles came from employees of the company.
Nancy
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[536]from "TJ"-13 April 2002:
[RE: no. 24, Page 2]
Dear Kevin,
There is also a similar series made by Waddington called plan a jig. Instead of countries, it is town plans, eg. London, Paris. A good place to buy them is internet auction sites. I have sold a couple but notice there are quite a number of others jig maps and plan a jig's for sale!
"TJ"
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from Jim McW--13 April 2002:
Thanks! There's also some information on the Jig-Maps, on the WADDINGTON'STM page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--13 April 2002:
After rummaging about a bit, we came across this little picture in our files: Paris
"Paris", a WADDINGTON'S PLAN-A-JIGTM
Thanks, Jim McW
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