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[43]from "CJD"--7 October 2000:
Hi,
Cool site! I was wondering if you might be able to help me. I'm looking for a certain puzzle I had as a kid in the seventies. It was a dr. jekyl/mr. hyde type puzzle..(I'm not sure that was the name though). It had 2 or 3 scenes on it. The first one is a guy in his house, lab, etc. and was taking a drink out of a glass. In the next scene he had changed to a green faced guy. Creepy looking. (at least for a kid) I want to say it was made by MB but not 100% sure. I don't remember how many pieces but it was probably around 100+. Is there any sites I might be able to research that give a graphic history of puzzles made in the seventies? I'm 30 now and I've never been able to find or get that picture out of my mind (it's just more vague now).
Thanks, "CJD"
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from Jim McW--7 October 2000:
Dear "CJD":
Thanks, and glad you're enjoying it!
Let's hope someone out there has heard of this puzzle. Jim McW.

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[44]from "TD"--7 October 2000:
Thank you for the interesting website!
I am looking for a certain antique puzzle/toy. It involved a tray of wooden cubes with which to make geometric designs, similar to an Amish quilt. My interest stems from the fact that my Grandparents had one. Some of the cubes' faces were a solid color, and some were divided into 2 triangles, allowing for the creation of patterns as they were laid into the tray.
Should you have any leads on this, I will be very interested in making a purchase.
Sincerely,
"TD"
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from Jim McW--7 October 2000:
Dear "TD":
Thanks, and I am glad you enjoyed the site! I seem to recall something like the puzzle you describe. Here's hoping that someone out there has one of these, or, at least a little information about them. Hope this helps, Jim McW.

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from Geert Bekkering--14 October 2001:
This type of puzzle / mosaic game was made a lot in Germany in the end of the 19th century. They may turn up in auctions in Europe. I do not have any at the moment. The German Mosaic puzzles are made by Carl Brandt of Seiffen (city) in the Erzgebirge (that's in the corner of Germany in between Poland and Tsjechie. I do have a few in my collection. If someone would be interested in buying one, I could look around. Anyone who would be interested in buying old and antique European jigsaw puzzles would get my selling list on request, by email.
Postal Address:
Geert Bekkering
J.P.Coenstraat 24
7541 BP (that's the postal code)
Enschede (that's the city, about 2 hours east of Amsterdam, close to the German boundary)
tel: +31-54-4300691
g.h.bekkering@fys.hen.nl
Geert Bekkering

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[45]from Carol G.--12 October 2000:
I have seen two puzzles on internet auctions that I found while searching for items from my hometown -- Massapequa, NY. They say Massapequa series published by Allen T. Haight. I bought one from 1914 -- the other dated in that era. I cannot believe that there is another Massapequa anywhere and Haight is the name of a family that lived here in that era. (And hardly anyone else except the Jones family for which Jones Beach is named lived here then.) Can you shed some light on this? To me this is a history mystery.
The first puzzle I saw was of a zoo or carnaval. It was not listed as a Pastime puzzle but the other information (including the reference to TenEyck and Haight) was the same as for the one I bought. The first one may not have had a box -- it came from the home of an elderly lady in New England who had it as a child. This is the one I bought:
A Friendly Squirrel"A Friendly Squirrel"
I also bought a print:
GAR Veteran with Soldier"GAR Veteran with Soldier"
This is a picture and not a puzzle -- but it has that same puzzle to me: Massapequa series and Allen T. Haight -- and is in that same era -- copywritten in 1909. The fellow who had the soldier picture has seen the "Massapequa series" before but figured it was an Indian name in Massachusetts. It is Algonquin for great water land, roughly, but I doubt there is another place with the same name other than my hometown. (Jerry Seinfeld, who is from here, says it means something more like land near the great mall.)
Thanks again,
Carol G.
PS -- If you ever see a tray puzzle of Frank Buck that I heard exists, let me know that, too!
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from Jim McW--12 October 2000:
Dear Carol G.:
Thanks, and here's hoping that someone out there has at least a little information about this. Hope this helps, Jim McW.

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from "MFL"--26 October 2003:
Could this be the " St. Lawrence River ? " Algonquin - Abenaki - Wabannaki - New York State - on the border with Canada - ??
GAR was very active in Northern New York on the St. Lawrence River - Ogdensburg, NY
"MFL"

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from Jim McW--17 September 2004:
Anne Williams says, "Allen T. Haight is the artist for a series of pictures that were made into puzzles, probably by more than one puzzle maker around 1908-10. Haight did not actually make the puzzles as far as I know."
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[46]from Tom--14 October 2000:
Hi,
I'm looking for the puzzle,"The Doctor" mfg by Perfect Picture Puzzle Co.
Can you assist me in obtaining one?
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Best regards,
Tom
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from Jim McW--14 October 2000:
Dear Tom:
Thanks, and here's hoping that someone out there has such a puzzle or a lead on one. It might help if you have a description of the picture, too. Jim McW.

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from "adirondack"--1 November 2000:
Jim,
I see Tom was looking for "The Doctor" by Perfect Picture Puzzle. I will have the puzzle (by Sir Luke Fildes) going on auction this week. Manufacturer is Avon (Milton Bradley). Take care, "adirondack"
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from Jim McW--3 November 2000:
Dear "adirondack":
Thanks, and I'll make sure to look at those auctions, too. Jim McW.
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[47]from Roxanne O.--16 October 2000:
I have an FX Schmid puzzle that I got in an internet auction and I am missing at least one piece so far. It is a civil war puzzle entitled "twilight of an army". My puppy happened to get to where I had it and I found one piece that he chewed. Since I haven't finished the puzzle yet, I am not sure how many more I am missing. I called the number listed inside the puzzle to see if I could just order another one and she said that they don't sell to individual people. what does that mean, that they only sell to businesses?? Does anyone know where I could get another one of these puzzles or who sells them or how I can just order one thru fx schmid?? thank you so much!!
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from Jim McW--16 October 2000:
Dear Roxanne O.:
Thanks, and here's hoping that someone out there has such a puzzle or a lead on one. In the meantime, you might try one of these websites:
The Puzzle House
A Leisure Store
Jigsaw JungleTM
TMSTraders
However, the puzzle may be discontinued or retired, in which case, it may not be available on the current market. You can continue to look on internet auction sites. You can go to our LINKS page and follow some of the leads there. Hope some of this helps. By the way, is the puppy ok? Jim McW.

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[48]from "anon"--16 October 2000:
where can i find cezanne's apples and oranges puzzle. i found it once, but then lost the website address. thanks!
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from Jim McW--16 October 2000:
Dear "anon":
Try this:
http://www.jigsawjungle.com/code/ravens/capsos.htm
Let me know if you have problems finding it. Jim McW

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from "anon"--17 October 2000:thanks so much for your quick response. great website you have.
i have a friend who is into jigsaw puzzles which she later has framed. she is interested in selling them. has done a gorgeous frida khalo & diego rivera.
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from Jim McW--17 October 2000:
Dear "anon":
Were you able to find the puzzle? I would love to have a picture of any puzzle by Rivera! Thanks, Jim McW

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from "anon"--17 October 2000: yes, thank you! i ordered the one from ravensburger... poster style. by the way, the puzzle i spoke of earlier was manufactured by fink and it was a painting that frieda khalo painted of herself and diego standing beside each other. fabulous looking. then, the guy who frames the puzzles for my friend found this awesome frame style called "mayan" and that is what he used to frame it. it just looks incredible.
do you know of people selling these type of high art, framed puzzles?
by the way... i have seen two or three puzzles of paintings by diego rivera. they look incredible.
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from Jim McW--17 October 2000:
Dear "anon":
I think really nice reproductions of art works can be found occasionally in a number of different puzzle lines, current and vintage. Any other info or opinions out there? If anybody knows of puzzles based on works of Diego Rivera, please let us know. Thanks, Jim McW

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from Jim McW--3 March 2001:
Dear "anon":
I have learned of a puzzle, published by Fink & Co., by Rivera, called "The Flower Carrier".
If anybody knows of puzzles based on works of Diego Rivera, please let us know. Thanks, Jim McW

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[49]from "anon"--16 October 2000:
I have been looking for any and all jig saw puzzles by Thomas McKnight. One of the puzzles I have is Ponte De Rialto. I have been EVERYWHERE and cannot find them. Please e-mail me if you can find any puzzles that I can purchase over the net or store.
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from Jim McW--16 October 2000:
Dear "anon":

Thanks, and here's hoping that someone out there has such a puzzle or a lead on one. In the meantime, you might try the websites in the inquiry before last. Jim McW

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[50]from Lesley--22 October 2000:
I am interested in any puzzles based on the soap opera General hospital. I became aware of puzzles of General hospital characters like Luke Spencer and Laura Baldwin, puzzles created by a company called TUCO.
Please give me information on purchasing these puzzles in Canada.
Thank you very much, Lesley
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from Jim McW--22 October 2000:
Dear Lesley:

Thanks for the interesting question. This website is not affiliated with any puzzle or game manufacturer or company. We are simply trying to provide a useful and fun site, primarily having to do with jigsaw puzzles of the past, not those currently offered in retail stores or on retail puzzle websites.
However, you can find quite a bit on Tuco Workshops and the Upson Co. on our website. None of the General Hospital puzzles have been illustrated on the site, until now, that is! [see below]
Love In the Afternoon"Love In the Afternoon" [?], Luke and Laura. General Hospital Scene from General Hospital© ABC-TV.
As near as I can find out, these puzzles must have been published between 1978 and 1983. Any additional info out there?
As for buying these puzzles, you will have to look for vintage jigsaw puzzles, the most likely venue being the internet auction sites. Good luck! Jim McW

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[51]from "anon"--22 October 2000:
Dear Sirs, I'm interested in any information regarding the Milton Bradley Space Age Jigsaw Puzzle, 4216-x-5, licensed by Allen B. DuMont. In particular, I would like to know the exact year it was made. Any information regarding similar toys would also be appreciated. Sincerely,
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from Jim McW--22 October 2000:
Dear "anon":

Thanks, and here's hoping that someone out there has some info on that puzzle. Jim McW
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[52]from "anon"--22 October 2000:
Sir,
My 82 year-old father-in-law recently recently underwent a heart bypass and mitral valve replacement. As a result his active, outdoor life style has been severely limited. For the first time in decades he has begun to talk about his World War II experiences as a flight engineer on B-17 that went down. I have found a puzzle titled "Coming Home - England" by EDMO DISTRIBUTORS, but have been totally unsuccessful at finding anyone that carries the puzzles. I have contacted EDMO, but they advise me they are strictly a wholesaler and will not sell to the public. The only source they provided in my area (Sioux City, Iowa) is JetSun Aviation and they acted like I was on drugs when I contacted them.
Are you familiar with this puzzle and, if so, can you provide any suggestions on how I might find an example for my father-in-law?
Thanks for you assistance,
"anon"
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from Jim McW--23 October 2000:
Dear "anon":
Jigsaw puzzles (I believe) are therapeutic for any of us, especially for the retired. I believe that picture may be available in a FX Schmid puzzle, which you may be able to find at one of the websites with links on our LINKS page. Scroll down to Jigsaw Jungle, Leisure Store, etc. Also, you can find such puzzles on internet auction sites, illustrating scenes from World War II. I think there is a similar one with the title you seek, but I don't know if it's the same picture. Meantime, I will look for that puzzle among the few we have (couple of hundred! ) and let you know if we have it. There's a number of WWII puzzles featured on our site, including quite a few on the Tuco WWII page. Let me know if I can help in any way.
Jim McW

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from "anon"--23 October 2000:
Jim,
Thanks for timely response! You were/are absolutely correct...it is an FX Schmid puzzle. After sending the note to you, I continued searching and found it on Yahoo's PuzzleZoo. I ordered two of them so my son can also enjoy it.
Again, thanks so much for your response!
Best regards, "anon"
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