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[635]from "MLB"-18 July 2002:
I have been given an adorable child's puzzle of Tom Thumb. It's still in it's package and the front says "FAMOUS PICTURE PUZZLE" 511 Copyright, Rochester, NY. It has approximately 25 pieces. What can you tell me about it? Thanks.
MLB...Illinois
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from Jim McW--19 July 2002:
Is your puzzle similar to the one below? Please give us a description, including any other printed information, and send a picture or scan.
Tom Thumb Tom Thumb, unknown title and maker.
Anyone else have information?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "MLB"--21 July 2002:
Jim, Thanks so much. I appreciate your help and the interest in my question. I'll look forward to your correspondence.
Tom ThumbTom Thumb, Playtime House, c. 1950's.
Tom ThumbTom Thumb, box.
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[636]from "anonymous"-19 July 2002:
Dear Jim, I'm a kid who really likes robert lyn nelsons seascapes puzzles and I own 8 of them presently. However, I don't know the Title of one Featuring two adult Orcas fully out of the water and four others under water including two youth one of which is strayed toward the bottom of the scene. There is also a stingray and the picture has a beautiful red, pink, and purple sky.
anonymous
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from Jim McW--19 July 2002:
We believe you may be referring to:
Sea of Magic"Sea of Magic", MILTON BRADLEY SEASCAPESTM, by Robert Lyn Nelson.
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[637]from "RLM"-22 July 2002:
Do you have any information on the puzzle by Built-Rite "Friends of Autumn? We counted the pieces twice before we read on the box that it has over 1500 pieces. Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks,
"RLM"
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from Jim McW--22 July 2002:
We are only aware of two series of 1500 pieces from this puzzle maker, the "Mural" series and "The Original 1500 piece" series [see examples below]. Can you send us a picture of the puzzle or box?
Summertime"In the Good Old Summertime", BUILT-RITETM, "Mural" series.
Pennsylvania Grandeur"Pennsylvania Grandeur", BUILT-RITETM, "The Original" series.
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from "RLM"--22 July 2002:
I am sending you a picture of the top and sides.
Friends of Autumn"Friends of Autumn", BUILT-RITETM. Friends of Autumn[Information on the box]Thanks for your help. "RLM"
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from Jim McW--31 July 2002:
We would guess that this puzzle was issued in the 1960's or early 1970's.
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[638]from "anonymous"-21 July 2002:
We are looking for Guild Puzzle #04710-7 (Pugh's Mill, N. Little Rock, Ar. ) Can you help us find and buy that puzzle?
"anonymous"
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[639]from "CH"-24 July 2002:
Hi, Jigsaw Puzzles are pretty addicting. I can't remember the exact date, but I remember everything else. It was back in the 80's, Dayton, Ohio. I had been working puzzles most of the winter, just for something else to do. I was getting pretty good at it. It wasn't taking me long to put one together. So to give myself a new challenge, I bought a 2000 piece puzzle. Milton Bradley's Super Big Ben, Mt. Hood, Oregon... to be exact. I still have it. It was a Thursday morning, when I started this puzzle, the kids helped after school, not finding the right pieces, they would get frustrated and leave after awhile. Then my husband sat down after he got home from work, he found a piece, then another one, he was hooked. I had worked on it most of the day and we worked on it into the night. We did manage to tear ourselves away long enough for a few hours of sleep. Friday morning: After finding a few more pieces, my husband was off to work and with my morning coffee I went to work again, putting pieces in. So much for the housework. I couldn't stop...I think I must of lost weight from not eating. Friday, turned into Saturday, Saturday into Sunday and by Sunday at 4pm the puzzle was done!! All 2000 pieces. Now I suppose you are wondering how come I remember this so well. It just so happens that I had bought 5 lotto tickets Wednesday afternoon, when I bought the puzzle. I completely forgot all about them. Until Sunday at 4:10pm. I checked the numbers and guess what??? No, we didn't win the BIG one, but we did have 5 numbers. Had ya going there for a minute...didn't I ? But still, for us the 5 numbers was the most we've ever won. The ONLY time we ever won, anything. We don't have a lotto here in Oklahoma, but I still might get the puzzle out again one of these days. Maybe this Winter, for old time sake.
"CH"
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from Jim McW--25 July 2002:
You may want to go over the nearest state line and get some more tickets, too!
Thanks for the great story, Jim McW
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[640]from "anonymous"-25 July 2002:
I finally got the time to "do" your complete site. It is great! Keep up the good work.
"anonymous"
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from Jim McW--26 July 2002:
Thanks for the kind words, Jim McW
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[641]from "NT"-25 July 2002:
Hi , I actually have two questions, I hope you can help me? Is there any place that I can find a list of all of the Jane Wooster Scott Puzzles?
And does anyone out there know where I can find Thomas Mcknight puzzles? I have 5 of them now, do you know how many in total there are? Thanks very much. I love this site.
"NT"
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from Jim McW--26 July 2002:
We have started a list of Jane Wooster Scott puzzles on our LISTS page, but it is not complete. Everyone is invited to send in titles not included, corrections, etc.
For Thomas McKnight puzzles, see no. 222, on Page 16, no. 607, on Page 43. Titles we know of are:
Basse Terre, 1996[?]
Midtown, 1996
Monserrat, 1996
Ponte de Rialto, 1996[?]
Thanks, Jim McW
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[642]from "EGS"-26 July 2002:
Hello,
I have been searching high and low for a type a puzzle that I saw maybe 15 years ago. The unique aspect of this puzzle was that they didn't follow the typical 2-in 2-out puzzle style. All of the pieces were similar and they tend to resemble M.C. Esher's chameleons. As a matter of fact I remember that most of the pictures were M.C. Esher paintings. If you can remember the company name or if they are still in production, that would be great. Please email me back if you can remember.

Thanks a billion... pieces :)
"EGS"
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from Jim McW--26 July 2002:
We have seen a puzzle from Italy that was based on a work by M.C. Escher, but we know of no place where such puzzles could be obtained in the U.S. The only other puzzle which comes to mind is the "Geckos" puzzle which we mentioned on our RECORD-BREAKING PUZZLES page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--30 July 2002:
Hi Jim, I don't know for sure, but it sounds like the puzzles this person is looking for might be a "Shmuzzle", all the pieces are kind of shaped like lizards and they fit into each other to make a whole picture (something like a tessellation) I haven't seen one in a long time, and was told they quit making them in the 60' s or 70' s but don't know for sure. Looked in Ann's book but couldn't find them.
Nancy
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from "EGS"--31 July 2002:
THANKS ONE HUNDRED BILLION PUZZLE PIECES!!!
THAT'S IT!!!
Did I say thanks? :)
"EGS"
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[643]from "AM"-25 July 2002:
hi, my daughter bought me this lovely 3d puzzle but the instuctions are all foriegn. Can any one help... I have attached a photo of the puzzle
MB Sculpture puzzle"The Kiss", by Rodin, MB SculptureTM, copyright 1995 Gil Druckman and Danny Hershkovitz.
"AM"
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from Jim McW--26 July 2002:
I don't know how many times we have been asked this same question, and we have NEVER been able to get anyone to send us a copy of the instructions! If we could get a copy, we could probably provide some kind of rough translation.
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from "AM"--26 July 2002:
hi there, me again. I have attached sets of instructions in several languages. Hope this helps.
"AM"
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from Jim McW--28 July 2002:
Rough, approximate translation:

Content: Base, main rod, internal rod, 190 pieces of puzzle, 2 tops, test rod, instructions. Also you need (not included) double side tape or glue adapted for cardboard.
Read the instructions before beginning. The Sculpture Puzzles is assembled by piling up pieces of cardboard on the vertical rod to construct a sculpture in 3D. The secret is to classify the pieces by their form and size to find out which pieces go together, before beginning to pile up them on the base.

Different levels of difficulty: Many of the layers can be divided into two or three pieces of puzzle to make the Sculpture much more difficult.

Preparation: Carefully remove the pieces of the puzzle from the box. Insert the short rod in the base, and you are ready to begin.
Look for outstanding forms and characteristics. Some pieces are very round, others have projecting edges that may give you clues to their place in the puzzle. Look at the illustrations to find other characteristics which may help you to classify the pieces.
To verify if two pieces go together, place one upon the other and pass the small test rod through the triangular holes. Generally, the two pieces will have a similar contour and would be slightly larger or smaller around the edge. If the pieces go together, insert the main rod.

The Second rod: "The Kiss", by Rodin has two rods. The rod joins the sculpture to the pedestal. When you have completed the puzzle to this point, place one of the plastic tops on the rod. The two following layers have square holes that fit on the top. The longest rod goes from the top of the man's head to the ankles of both figures.

Completion of puzzle: The final layers do not have so gradual a change of contour, so use the size to determine which piece goes on the other. When you have three pieces left, insert a plastic top on the rod. Then take the three final layers and add them over the plastic top with double sided tape or glue. The top of the woman's head is completed by adhering them to the right part of the main sculpture.

Note: The thickness of the layers of puzzle can vary slightly depending on the humidity's effect on the cardboard. In some circumstances, the rod may be a little shorter than normal. If this happened, remove a few pieces from the bottom of the sculpture. If it is too long, you may be able to cut off a bit at the top, CAREFULLY. If necessary, contact our Consumer Service Center.

The Secret Solution: On each layer of the puzzle you will find a special code. The secret to solving the Sculpture Puzzle using this code(in case you need help) appears below, and you should read it with the aid of a mirror. In order to find out the solution, hold a mirror to to the paper and you will be able to read it. Remember that each Sculpture Puzzle has a different solution.
[Note: We hope this helps. In the spirit of the puzzle, we have not included the "secret code". Instructions were provided in Spanish, Dutch, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
Thanks to "AM", especially.
Jim McW]
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"Jas" has sent in the following English instructions contained in a similar puzzle:
"INTRODUCTION:
The Sculpture Puzzle range is a unique innovation in the concept of jigsaws. It involves vertically stacking layers rather than fitting pieces together horizontally. The result is a real 3D 'monument' to your efforts.
We advise you to read the instructions carefully before starting to assemble [in this case] 'The Venus de Milo', particularly if this is your first Sculpture Puzzle.
When you open the box, you will find the card layers arranged in sheets with several jigsaw pieces per sheet. Pop out the pieces and the triangular holes, taking care not to rip the cardboard. Also in the box you will find a base, three triangular stems, and three plastic 'stoppers' to hold the layers together once the puzzle is made. Remove these as well.

SETTING UP:
Insert the longest stem into the plastic base, and you're ready to start. Now look at all the Sculpture Puzzle pieces and the photos in these instructions and start working out which piece to put on first...

HOW DO THEY WORK?
The Sculpture Puzzles are the world's first truly 3D vertical jigsaws. Whereas traditional (or 'flat') jigsaws are solved horizontally using colours and patterns as clues, Sculpture Puzzles are solved by stacking layers of card on the vertical stem to build a 3D Sculpture. The secret of successfully completing Sculpture Puzzles is first sorting out the pieces by shape and size to find out which pieces go with which.
Look at the pictures in these instructions, and use them to identify the key features to help you sort the pieces out.
To see if two pieces fit next to each other, stack one on the other and insert the small plastic testing rod supplied through the triangular holes. Two consecutive pieces will generally follow similar contours and be slightly larger or smaller all around their circumference. These small changes in outline create the 'stepped' effect of the Sculpture Puzzle as well as being clues to its solution.
Once you have placed pieces onto the stem you can tell quite easily if they are right by comparing the 3D Sculpture you are producing with the pictures supplied.

THE OTHER RODS:
When you have finished assembling the body on the long stem, cap it with the 'stopper' provided. Now finish the puzzle by slotting the head pieces onto the two shorter stems.

DIFFERENT LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY:
'The Venus de Milo' [in this case] can be completed at different levels of difficulty. For those who like a challenge, about 20 of the layers can be broken down into two or three separate jigsaw pieces. If you choose this option, you should be aware that you are making the puzzle much more demanding! If this is your first go we don't recommend breaking these pieces up - you can always take the puzzle apart afterwards and do it again at a higher level of difficulty once you've mastered the basics.
The Venus de Milo, like all the other Sculpture Puzzles in the range, also comes with a 'cheat sheet' for anyone who wants to make the Sculpture Puzzle without solving it, or for anyone who is well and truly stuck!
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[644]from "KC"-27 July 2002:
In response to inquiry #220 [Page 16]

I just bought 2 puzzles from my local Walgreen's drug store (Croxley - 500 piece), they are made by Milton Bradley/Hasbro and they have the flyer/coupon inside for a free personalized puzzle (with 3 UPC's and Original cash register reciept for EACH puzzle ordered), you just pay S&H of $2.60 for EACH puzzle ordered. The coupon expires 6/30/03.
"KC"
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from Jim McW--26 July 2002:

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[645]from "JJB"-27 July 2002:
1950s, 1960s Children's Wooden Puzzles by Playskool
My mom saved about 5 wooden preschoolers puzzles by Playskool and Sifo made in the late '50s or early '60s. They are not jigsaw but rather irregular shapes that fit together to create a picture in a wooden frame. One is of "The Cow Jumped Over the Mooon", another is "The Three Bears" ; another is a toy monkey; and one a toy rocking horse. They are the best puzzles. Very challenging, even for an adult when you've never worked one before and yet preschoolers can work them. None of the wooden puzzles I've seen today are anywhere as cute or challenging. Have you ever seen puzzles from this era that sound like these for sale anywhere? I would love to get more.
Thanks
"JJB"
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from "MS"--28 July 2003:
Dear JJB,

I also have about 5 of these puzzles from the same era. Mine are of an airplane Hangar, two ducks,Elephants, the Three Little Kittens, Little Red Riding Hood and a tractor. You are so right about the complexity of them!! They are great. Have you any idea if they are worth any money. Mine are in Pretty good shape.
"MS"
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[646]from "DD"-28 July 2002:
I recently purchased a limited edition puzzle from ARIADNE ENTERPRISE titled THE KRUZENSHTERN. There were only 2000 made. I have searched and searched for information. Can anyone here point me in the right direction?
"DD"
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from "GA"--1 January 2006:
SEE LINK:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kruzenshtern_(ship)
"GA"
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