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[568]from "anon"-4 May 2002:
I am trying to locate some more of the Easy Grasp puzzles which are great for nursing homes, elderly with eye problems, etc. They have pieces about 2" long and are extremely thick. So many of our people have crippled hands and they enjoy putting these together. I have found only 6 of these wonderful puzzles. Can you help me find more?
"anon"
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from Jim McW--5 May 2002:
We look for these all the time. Not only are they great for senior citizens, they're fun for all ages, too ! We love them, ourselves. Here's one we really enjoyed:
Bluebird"Back to Nature - Bluebird", F.X. SCHMIDTM, 300 large pieces. From a painting by Susan Bourdet, 1995.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--9 May 2002:
Hi 568, If you are looking for large piece, easy grasp puzzles you might check out our web site missouripuzzle.com
We have the puzzle shown by Jim, plus many more. Just go down the menu to oversize piece puzzles and you will find quite a few. Some are a little larger and some like the FX Schmid, and Great American Puzzle Factory are really quite large pieces, and are nice quality puzzles.
I hope this helps.
Nancy
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[569]from "AM"-6 May 2002:
I have a Whitman Tekwood Puzzle that I received about 50 years ago [see that story on the STORIES page]. It's "The Sea Witch", 16" by 20". What I'm trying to do is find out approximately when it was made. Do you have any info that would help? Has the puzzle-making branch of Whitman gone out of business or has it been taken over by another company? Any information you can provide would be appreciated.
Thank you,
"AM"
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from Jim McW--10 May 2002:
We have the impression that the Tekwood puzzles were produced from the late 1930's or early 1940's into the 1950's. There are some World War II era puzzles, which were advertised as made of Tekwood.Assault Force"Assault Force", Fighters for Freedom, WHITMANTM, 1944. Whitman was a subsidiary of Western Publishing, as we understand it. We gather from Anne Williams' book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, that the brand name Whitman was phased out about the early 1980's.
Thanks, Jim McW
P.S. AND, thanks for the great story!
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[570]from "MHT"-6 May 2002:
I have just come across some puzzles by Jaymar Specialty Co. 200 Fifth Ave: New York Made in U.S.A. They are scenes of the Walt Disney's Mary Poppins movie. I have 3 puzzles,
1. Flying Kites
2. Happy Holiday
3. Tea Party
Can you tell me anything about these puzzles, such as how old they are and if they might be worth anything? They were mine when I was a little girl, they look like new and have been wrapped very well to protect them.
I would really appreciate any info you could give me.
Thanks,
"MHT"
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from Jim McW--10 May 2002:
We believe these were issued about 1964-68. We have seen them sell for $3 to $12, but Disney collectibles are always highly salable.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[571]from "LW"-6 May 2002:
I am looking for a certain jigsaw puzzle and want to know if you can help me find it. The puzzle I'm looking for is one of John Wayne. My father is an avid collector and I want to find him one so he can put it together and display with the other merchandise.
Can you help me find this puzzle?
thank you,
"LW"
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from Jim McW-- 7 September 2008:
Try the search box, just below.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[572]from "JDB"-9 May 2002:
Hello, I have acquired an old puzzle from a family member and I was wondering if you could help me figure out the age of the puzzle. It does not have the age on the cover, it reads as follows:
Interlocking Picture Puzzle (The Reapers)
on the side of the box it reads:
The Reapers
Over 250 Interlocking Pieces
Size 14 x 10 Inches
No. 2375-Saalfield
Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated, it looks very old.
Thank you for your time.
"JDB"
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from Jim McW--10 May 2002:
It is at least 25 years old. It is difficult to say more than that without seeing a picture of the box.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[573]from "anon"-8 May 2002:
HELLO PUZZLE HISTORY, I'M LOOKING FOR A PUZZLE TITLED YOUNG AND WILD , A MILTON BRADLEY 1000 PIECE PUZZLE IN CONNECTION WITH ANIMAL AWARENESS LTD. ANY INFO AS TO HOW I CAN OBTAIN THIS PUZZLE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANKS, "anon"
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from Jim McW--11 May 2002:
There was a puzzle on an internet auction site recently, described as "Animal Awareness", "Fine Feathers", with pictures of different kinds of chickens. (So there may be more than one in the series.)
Is this the puzzle you are looking for? : Young and Wild"Young and Wild", MILTON BRADLEY "GALLERY"TM, 1000 pieces, 1999.
Does anyone know where this puzzle can be obtained?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[574]from "AM"-10 May 2002:
Do you know where to have puzzle framed or any idea how to do it.
"AM"
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from Jim McW--11 May 2002:
The first thing to do is check our FAQ page. If the information there is not enough, try a search on our site for "frame" or "framing".
Thanks, 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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[575]from "DY"-11 May 2002:
I have inherited a picture puzzle by F. N. Burt Company, Buffalo, New York. The box does not have a date on it, the pieces are in mint condition and the name of the puzzle is Pacific Sunset. Can anyone tell me what it is worth. I can't find any F. N. Burt puzzles on internet auction sites.

I find your website to be quite interesting.
Thank you.
"DY"
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from Jim McW--12 May 2002:
We have one or two Burt puzzles in our own collection, one of which is illustrated on our Other Puzzles page. This company was producing puzzles during the 1930's. These appear once in a while on internet auction sites.
Is this the puzzle? : Pacific Sunset"Pacific Sunset", a BURT puzzle.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[576]from "EF"-11 May 2002:
I'm trying to locate a Star Wars puzzle I remember my dad and brother working on probably early to mid eighties. I don't know the manufacturer or the most likely place I might find one. I recall the puzzle being several thousand pieces. The Millennium Falcon was surrounded by vast deep space. It was the 'deep space' that puzzled them, and they never completed the puzzle. I know they'd love to take another shot at it. I'll appreciate any leads.
Thank you,
"EF"
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from Jim McW--12 May 2002:
First, read Nancy Ballhagen's story (the second one on our STORIES page) about the same puzzle and their cat. Second, find her link (MissouriPuzzle.com) on our LINKS page, and look on her site. If you don't see it listed there, e-mail her from their website.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[577]from "anon"-11 May 2002:
Dear Sirs:
I have just come into possession of a Charles Wysocki puzzle, "Wooden You Like A Ride?" produced in 1997. My frustrating problem is that I am totally enchanted with it and do not want to part with it. Now my sister in Florida is a devoted Charles Wysocki fan and would enjoy it as well. I would love to send her one for her 79th birthday in August. Is there any way that you could e-mail me a list of places that have it in stock so that I could purchase and send one to her? Thank you for any attention and help you can offer.
"EF"
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from Jim McW--12 May 2002:
That's no. 4679-17, second series. There is a seller who has one (unopened) up right now on an internet auction site, "tjpuzzler". See his link on our LINKS page. You can also find the Wysocki Gallery link on the same page. I don't think you're likely to find one anywhere else, especially unopened.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[578]from "C43"-11 May 2002:
Dear Sir,
I have a puzzle in a round cardboard can, it has on one side of the can, Whitman No.4615:49. series no. 204. 340 piece puzzle. Price on can is 49cents. I was trying to get some information on this item.
Thank You very much
"C43"
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from Jim McW--12 May 2002:
This sounds as though it is from the 1960's or maybe a little earlier. Can you send us a picture?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "C43"--16 May 2002:
Here's a picture of my puzzle: mountain scenemountain scene, unknown title, WHITMAN
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from Jim McW--19 May 2002:
Thanks for the picture. I would guess late 1950's to late 1960's. If it is complete and in Very Fine condition, I would expect it to sell for $5-$15.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[579]from "CJ"-12 May 2002:
hi, i would like to inquire about the cobblestone way series by "kim jacoby". the puzzles are made by milton bradly and the series is always 550 pieces. i have several now, but would like a listing if available and how to and where to purchase these favorite puzzles of mine. thank you for any info.
again thanks!
"CJ"
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from Jim McW--13 May 2002:
We have seen a number of these, but we somehow only have records of these few titles:
Capturing Memories , 1989
Everlasting Flowers , 1989
Harvest House
To The Harbor

Can anyone provide any additional titles in this series? Artists? Dates?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "ABK"--13 May 2002:
Hi Jim - I have a few more titles for these puzzles - all are by Kim Jacoby:
1. Garden Shed 1994
2. Cafe: Preparing for the Day 1993
3. Market Place 1991
4. Artist Studio 1991
5. The Sewing Room 1991
I have these for sale - if the person is interested - and...
thanks for the "still as wonderful as ever" website.
Regards ABK
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from Jim McW--13 May 2002:
Anyone interested in these should let us know, and we will try to get you connected with "ABK".
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--15 May 2002:
Hi Jim, Masterpieces is making more of Kim Jacobs puzzles, we have 5 or 6 I think, they are listed in the menu on the home page under Kim Jacobs. If I can remember the titles they are, Waterview, Cobblestone Feed and Seed, Cobblestone Inn, Christmas Dreams, Hopefull Farm, and 1 or 2 others. Milton Bradley hasn't made them for 4 or 5 years I think. Nancy
Nancy
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[580]from Jim McW--18 May 2002:
"ABK" wrote in with many additions to our lists of puzzles. We have begun a new page devoted to developing complete lists of brands and series of puzzles. You may see what people have sent in so far on the LISTS of PUZZLES page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[581]from "TJB"-13 May 2002:
I am looking for an FX Schmid puzzle titled Coming Home: England 1943. Artist is Gil Cohen. Piece count 1000.
"TJB"
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from Jim McW--18 May 2002:
We believe you're looking for this one: Coming Home:England,1943"Coming Home:England,1943", F.X. SCHMIDTM, 1992. See a similar puzzle, also by Gil Cohen, in no. 178, Page 12. Try the jigsaw puzzle stores for which we have links on our LINKS page, but you may have to look on internet auction sites or in other aftermarket venues for this ten-year-old puzzle.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[582]from "CJP"-18 May 2002:
I recently purchased three De Luxe Picture Puzzles. From the boxes, I know that these were made by Regent Specialties Inc. in Rochester, NY. They are in orange boxes with no pictures of the finished puzzles. The woman I bought these from said she used to work them with her grandmother. The woman appeared to be in her 60's, so I'm guessing these puzzles are about 60 years old or more. The names of the puzzles are: The Village Road, Snowed In, and Nature's Harmony. Can you give me any history on these puzzles? Are they valuable? Thanks!
"CJP"
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from Jim McW--18 May 2002:
Here's some pictures of Regent puzzles:
Autumn's Golden Fleece"Autumn's Golden Fleece", Autumn's Golden FleeceBox Sulgrave Manor"Sulgrave Manor", REGENT, 1930's.
As far as we know, Regent only produced puzzles during the 1930's (approximately). We would expect such puzzles, if complete and in Fine condition or better, to realize at least $10-$15 each, perhaps more.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[583]from "anon"-19 May 2002:
Hi,
I just found an old Jaymar Puzzle in a Can entitled Jaymar Kiddy Picture Puzzle in a Can.
It is a Walt Disney Character puzzle entitled Puppet Show.
It is all there.
Any idea where I can get more info on this puzzle, what year it was made etc.
Any information would be appreciated
Thanks
"anon"
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