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[678]from "BW"-14 August 2002:
Just recently I took over the office of City Clerk in a small midwestern town. I began clearing out the old stuff from 1970's or so and found two puzzles from Warren Paper Products Co. from Lafayette, IND. The numbers on the puzzles are No. 505 and are the World Map and U.S.A. Map, and say A Warren Inlaid Puzzle......the reason we began the search to find the age of these puzzles are because on the US Map it says Minnesota, land of 11,000 lakes, in which case, we began to realize that this puzzle was wrong....Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes! We were wondering how old these puzzles were? The World Map also has the USSR instead of just Russia. And are there buyer's for these puzzles?
Thank you for you time on this matter!
"BW"
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from Jim McW--14 August 2002:
These sound as though they could be from the 1960's or 1970's, perhaps even the 1950's. The "11,000 lakes" reference could be a "blooper" or maybe they didn't want to copy the "official line" ! Are there REALLY 10,000 lakes in Minnesota?!
Of course, the USSR reference would have been correct in the 1970's. If you can scan or even photocopy the puzzles, send them to us [see bottom of page], and we will hazard a guess as to their age.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[679]from "MG"-18 August 2002:
The name of the puzzle is "New York by Night" made by Clementoni. 6000 piece puzzle with a picture of a moon in the background. Also says New york by night at the bottom of the puzzle. I believe it is discontinued, any ideas how to obtain this? Should have bought it when I had the chance. I did find one close that is made by Educa, 1000 pieces and glows in the dark. It is at jig-box jig saw puzzles. Still......not the same though. Thanks for any help.
"MG"
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[680]from "anonymous"-19 August 2002:
I have a Big Ben no 4962, "In the Summertime". I did not see this title listed on your website. Based upon your website description, it seems to be a 1950's puzzle, yet not mentioned by name title on your list. It has the silver left panel with the black MB seals and the Big Ben with the symbol between the words BIG and BEN. It is 26X21. Am I right that this was a puzzle in the 50's? The puzzle is unopened and the box is fully intact--no crushing--top is very mildly faded. The age (12 to ADULT) is in a rectangle. Why was this specific puzzle not listed in your list of the puzzles of this era?
Thanks,
"anonymous"
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from Jim McW--19 August 2002:
It is not listed (until now), primarily because we have just begun that page, and we have not received very many titles or pictures of Big BenTM puzzles from "puzzlers". There doesn't seem to have been any effort by puzzle companies to make comprehensive lists of their products available for puzzle collectors. So, various collectors have worked to costruct complete lists of puzzles and puzzle series. We have started several on this site, with the help of collectors all over the world.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[681]from "anonymous"-20 August 2002:
Hi,
I just came across your site while surfing the web looking for some specific information about Waddington's Jigsaw Puzzles and I guess there's a good chance you may be able to help me with my query.

When I was a kid in the mid-1950's and CinemaScope was the latest big thing, I remember seeing a Waddington's CinemaScope jigsaw puzzle on sale. You had to have a large table to do these wide angle, oblong puzzles, which were scenes from big CinemaScope movies of the time. I'm sure I remember one of Three Coins in the Fountain with a Roman fountain as the puzzle picture, but do you know what others were issued in this series and when? Also, if you could send me a scan of a photo of the front of one of these boxes, I would be very much obliged. Many thanks. All the best
"anonymous"
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from Jim McW--20 August 2002:
We are not familiar with this series, but we will post this in the hope that someone out there has some more information. WADDINGTON'STM are among our favorite puzzles.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[682]from "PC"-20 August 2002:
We bought 2 roseart puzzles with blaylock train pictures and would like to know where to find more.
"PC"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--21 August 2002:
Hi Jim, PC was looking for Blaylock train pics. We have a few left, as Rose Art discontinued them a year or so ago. There is a Blaylock page on the menu of our on-line catalog, missouripuzzle.com , check it out.
Nancy
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[683]from "anonymous"-18 August 2002:
Can you tell me what the web-site address is for Paul Detlefsens Estate?
Thanks!
"anonymous"
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from Jim McW--19 August 2002:
We don't know, but we did learn a little more about Paul Detlefsen, in our search. He was born 1900, and died in 1986. He was a hollywood artist for 30 years.
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[684]from "RH"-21 August 2002:
I found two 30s era puzzles produced by The Detroit Gasket Company. The puzzles were made of this cork-like gasket stuff. Very interesting cuts, shapes!, non-interlocking of course, and great colors on the image.

Is there any info out there on DG? (Both puzzles have a "D" and a "G" shapes.)
"RH"
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from Jim McW--22 August 2002:
We don't see these very often. Here's a picture of one of their boxes.:
Dee-Gee BoxDee-Gee Box, [ slogan: "It's a Corker" !], Detroit Gasket & Mfg. Co., c. 1930's.
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[685]from "anonymous"-18 August 2002:
I want to know if you have a puzzle of Norman Rockwell with two grand parents and the back of a little boy praying at the table. I bought it ten years ago more or less and I lost it.If you can find it I would like to buy one.
Thank you very much...
"anonymous"
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from Jim McW--23 August 2002:
I don't believe we have that puzzle in our collection. I think you're probably referring to this puzzle:
prayerboy and couple praying, [ unknown title ], [now known to be] MILTON BRADLEYTM.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "GMS" -- 10 March 2008:
I found the puzzle of the grandparents and the boy praying at a yard sale in the fall!!! I am now putting it together and hoping that I have all the pieces. I LOVE it. Do you have any idea how old my puzzle is?
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from Jim McW -- 14 March 2008:
We always enjoy anything from Norman Rockwell. We always manage to enjoy a puzzle, even if it is not complete. After all, the fun is the same as if it were complete, right up to the last few pieces!
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "GMS" -- 17 March 2008:
Here are some pictures of my puzzle.... It looks like it is a Milton Bradley puzzle with the MB on it. And I'm not sure if you can read the end of the box, but it is a 1000 piece textured puzzle. It has 4868-1 on it and says it is for ages 12 to adult. It is 25 X 32 inches or 63.5 X 81.3 cm. What do you think? The original price is on it too. Cost a whopping $5.99!!!!!!!!

Thanks for all your help.
prayersbox, boy and elderly couple praying, [ unknown title ], MILTON BRADLEY TEXTURED PUZZLETM, no. 4868-1.
prayerspuzzle
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from Jim McW -- 20 March 2008:
Well, it looks as though we were mistaken on our identification back in 2002, so we have changed the manufacturer to MILTON BRADLEYTM. Thanks for the information. Our database suggests that this probably was issued in the early 1990's, possibly a bit earlier.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[686]from "NM"-24 August 2002:
Hi, am currently looking at your site and I feel I have two puzzles that would interest someone:
It's Raining Moonbeams"It's Raining Moonbeams", TUCO, 1930's,
Summer's Golden Days"Summer's Golden Days", DUBL-THIK [TUCO].
I am ashamed to say I don't know anything about them, but am very interested.
thanks for any info you can give me.
"NM"
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from Jim McW--23 August 2002:
We have added these pictures to the appropriate pages in the TUCO section, and we thank you for sharing them with everyone. "It's Raining Moonbeams" was issued in the 1930's, and "Summer's Golden Days" was issued in the 1940's, we believe.
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[687]from "DLS"-25 August 2002:
Hi, I am looking for a rather large puzzle that I believe was made in the late '60's or early '70's. It is a picture of the last supper and it is round. My family used to put it together every christmas and over the years it had to be thrown away. If anyone has information on this puzzle please contact me.
Thank you,
"DLS"
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[688]from "MLT"-26 August 2002:
I'm looking for info.and history on a puzzle made by Jaymar and is a Liberty magazine cover It's called Beginning GIRL O' War by Adela Rogers St. Johns. Puzzle # 234.
I'd appreciate your help. Thank you.
"MLT"
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from Jim McW--27 August 2002:
We believe you're talking about this puzzle:
Girl O' War"Girl O' War", JAYMARTM, 1950's - 1960's [?]. We suspect that the picture on the cover had nothing to do with the series or serial story entitled "Girl O' War", which was beginning with the first installment in that issue. The two gentlemen seem to be having a "discussion" about a golf ball.
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[689]from "JH"-29 August 2002:
I am trying to track down a favorite puzzle from my childhood that was lost some years ago.

What I can remember of the identifying characteristics are that it was in a red/reddish box. The scene was a farmhouse with a stream-fed pond in the front of it and an enormous weeping willow. It was not "fine art" as I recall; it had an "Americana" feel to it. The puzzle was around 400 pieces, die-cut cardboard. The box itself was the standard size for the time, perhaps 9" wide by 7" tall by about 2-1/2" deep. I *think* the publisher was Milton-Bradley, but memory is dim on this. This is a classic case of "I'd recognize it if I saw the picture or the box top." Knowing the specific manufacturer, puzzle title, and puzzle number would let me search for this puzzle and eventually find one for sale somewhere.

Looking at the puzzle site, I remember having any number of the Big Ben puzzles that I'd bought used at garage sales when I was 9-12 (I was an inveterate collector even then). I've gotten out of the habit to an extent, but am looking forward to doing the occasional puzzle with my new wife, who also enjoys puzzling on a quiet evening.

Yours Truly,
"JH"
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from Jim McW--30 August 2002:
We came up with a couple of possibilities:
Carefree Days"Carefree Days", by Lee LeBlanc, TUCO, 1960's [?].
Spring Willow"Spring Willow", WHITMAN GUILDTM, 1950's - 1960's [?].
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[690]from "FS"-27 August 2002:
Is there a web site where I can go to get an idea of antique cardboard puzzle prices or a guide book to pricing adult cardboard puzzles (most are pre-1960's)?
Thank you very much.
"FS"
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from Jim McW--31 August 2002:
The best way to determine prices is to watch online puzzle auctions. A lot depends on how the puzzle is presented (photography, for example), reputation, feedback, subject of the puzzle, or simply how many people happen to be bidding on a particular day. See also this subject on our FAQ page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[691]from "CS"-28 August 2002:
RE: no. 283, Page 20, "Rosalie House", "PAINTED LADIES"
I love these puzzles! They make 4 to 6 new ones every year. I've been collecting and doing them the last 3 years or so and have about a dozen, however, this is one I don't have and I love it. What year was this one made? It says on the side of the box. I would like to order one if anyone knows where or how.
"CS"
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from Jim McW--31 August 2002:
Try browsing through the puzzle stores which we have linked on our LINKS page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[692]from "anonymous"-29 August 2002:
I am looking for a jigsaw puzzle of the state of Tennessee. Do you have anything like this or can you advise where I might find one?
Thanks!
"anonymous"
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from Jim McW--31 August 2002:
I can't think of any. Try browsing through the puzzle stores which we have linked on our LINKS page.
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[693]from "anonymous"-31 August 2002:
RE: star wars puzzle (pzl9027)
I have a puzzle a few years old made by Springbok and Hallmark cards put it out. It has 1500 pcs. I would like to purchase it again due to the fact that my wife has it almost finished and it is missing part of letters of star wars. Here is the information about it: Springbok by Hallmark 1500 pcs interlocking pieces 28 3/4 in. assembled (PZL9027). The box also reads computer-compiled puzzle image designed by Steven Anderson.
"anonymous"
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[694]from "CH"-3 September 2002:
HI, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A PICTURE OF A PUZZLE THAT WAS POSTED ON YOUR SITE. THE NAME OF IT IS "MIDST COOL AND SILENCE" CAN YOU TELL ME ANY INFORMATION ON THAT PICTURE? I HAVE A PICTURE OF IT, BUT I CANNOT MAKE OUT THE ARTIST'S NAME. ANY INFORMATION YOU CAN GIVE ME WOULD REALLY BE HELPFUL.
Thank you,
"CH"
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from Jim McW--4 September 2002:
This subject is touched upon in no. 247, Page 18. Does anyone know anything else about either of these paintings?
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[695]from "BCinKC"-3 September 2002:
RE: no. 653 (Page 46) and Full Sail (inquiry #235, Page 17)
I collect nautical antiques and also have a "Full Sail" puzzle in its original cylinder can, 340 pieces, 18" x 15 1/2". I haven't been able to find out much about it. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, "BCinKC"
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from Jim McW--5 September 2002:
We've been really busy lately and have fallen behind somewhat in our answers. We will try to catch up, as we are able. We found a photo of a similar puzzle:
Under Full Sail"Under Full Sail", Masterpiece.
Does anyone have any other similar puzzles?
Thanks, Jim McW
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