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[696]from "VB"-3 September 2002:
I recently put together a new puzzle from a factory sealed box, and when I finished, there was an extra piece, which was a duplicate of one of the other pieces. How could this happen? Does it happen often? Does it mean that some other copy of the same puzzle has a piece missing?
"VB"
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from Jim McW--6 September 2002:
Yes, but the extra piece may have been an exact duplicate or it may have been slightly "out of register". The sheets are cut, then "broken", that is, the pieces are separated mechanically, and they should all fall into the container, but, rarely, one gets stuck somehow, and then it falls with the pieces of the next puzzle to be "broken" and boxed.
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[697]from "anonymous"-3 September 2002:
To Whom it may concern,

I found a Parker Brother's Pastime Puzzle at a garage sale. I took it home and put it together and to my surprise all of the pieces were there. The side of the box says: Friendly Greetings. Containing over 350 pieces.

The inside lid says it was
sawed by 35R
Polished by BEG
Inspected by M.C.
Date: looks like " 6-13-22

Do you have any information on the actual age of this puzzle and its worth? All of the pieces are there and it is in great shape. There are two very small chips but that's it.
Thank you for your time, "anonymous"
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from Jim McW--6 September 2002:
Congratulations!
This sounds like it was cut in 1922. The more desirable Parker Pastimes can often bring $75 to $150, occasionally even more. Any chance of your sharing a picture of the puzzle with us?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[698]from "DS"-17 August 2002:
Can anyone help me in finding these 2 Norman Rockwell puzzles.:
The Rookie"The Rookie", by Norman Rockwell, FINKTM.
and The Dugout.
"DS"
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
We receive requests from people looking for these puzzles frequently (another today, in fact), as well as for any and all puzzles by the ever-popular Norman Rockwell. Both these puzzles were made by the Fink Co. a few years ago. When they show up, they are snatched up quickly. We will post any information we receive about sources for these on this website.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW-- 9 September 2008:
Try the search box, just below.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[699]from "DJ"-24 August 2002:
I have a 3 kodacolor 3d puzzles:
gingerbread mansion
ryman auditorium
precious moments chapel

Where can I get the rest of them? I have been searching the internet but can find nothing on them. short of waiting for them to appear on internet auction sites. IS there somewhere that sells them?

Thanks,
"DJ"
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
Try browsing through the jigsaw puzzle stores linked on our LINKS page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[700]from "NE #1"-26 August 2002:
RE: no. 605, Page 43
I have a frontier country puzzle in very good condition. It is a tray puzzle with 35 interlocking pieces. The size is 14" x 11". The scene is depicting a street in the middle of a fort, with 2 teepees outside the fort gates.

"NE #1"
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
I believe this is a similar puzzle:
Frontierland"Disneyland Frontierland", by JAYMARTM.
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[701]from "anonymous"-31 August 2002:
I have been collecting the Charles Wysocki Americana Series Jigsaw Puzzles and currently have all but # 10 of one series. The numbers we have are 04679. I have 1-9 and 11-24. The first in this series was Nantucket Winds and 24 was Monte Minding the Store. If you could give me any information as to the name of #10 and where I could order it from, please let me know. Thank You.
"anonymous"
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[702]from "J&B"-1 September 2002:
I have a Parker Bros. Jig-Saw Picture Puzzle titled Shepherd and Shepherdess. Can anyone tell me the year this puzzle was manufactured and how many were made?
"J&B"
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[703]from "anónimo"-3 September 2002:
Mi nombre es ____. Hace poco me mudé a vivir a Orlando, FL. Yo soy de Colombia y estoy interesado en información de tiendas en el área de Orlando donde pueda comprar rompecabezas (JIGSAW). Es mi pasatiempo favorito. En Colombia dejé mi colleción y quiero seguir armando jigsaws. Muchas gracias por su colaboración.
"anónimo"
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
Estimado ______:
No sé nada de su ciudad, Orlando, pero creo que puede comprar "jigsaws" en tiendas varias, como...Wal-Mart, Brookfields, las farmacías, aun en las abacerías. También puede comprarlos en las "malls" y en algunas tiendas de juguetes y juegas. Hay enlaces a algunos sitos de "web" en la página nuestra de ENLACES.
Muchas gracias, Jim McW
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[704]from "KB"-3 September 2002:
RE No. 70, Page 6
"Close of Day" is by Detlefsen. I have a large sofa size print hanging in my kitchen of it. Milton Bradley did a series of his works, and I own several of them. There are often copies of these puzzles on internet auction sites. Among those done for Milton Bradley were the series of four "Seasons" prints that were the exact same scene, in all four seasons. Spring depicted a young couple sitting on the bank of a creek, beneath an apple tree in full blossom. Summer was the same bank, with a couple of boys dropping their pants to jump in the water, autumn shows a boy in the apple tree, tossing apples down into the white apron of a little girl in a yellow dress. Winter shows a horse and sleigh crossing the bridge over the creek. There was also one of a family having a picnic on a blanket, with the Model "t" car in the background. The scene of the icewagon was in puzzle form, as was "the letter" and one of a steamboat on the river. Don't know how many others.
"KB"
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
You can see some puzzles of Detlefsen's work on the ARTISTS page. Here's some pictures of the "Seasons" series, from 1968:
Winter"Winter", by Paul Detlefsen, published by MILTON BRADLEYTM.
Spring"Spring", by Paul Detlefsen, published by MILTON BRADLEYTM.
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[705]from "AS"-8 September 2002:
RE: no. 655, Page 46
[I have come across an OLD puzzle set. Could be prior to the 1950s, judging by the picture of the woman on the front of the box. It says set No. 1, Wonders of Yosemite, When Shadows Fall, On the River Dee, and Jefferson Memorial. A small logo says "A Somerville Game" and 5-700.]

Hi, Jim,
Here is a pic of the top of the box.
"AS"
Four-in-One"Four-in-One", box top to a set of four unbroken puzzles, made by SOMERVILLETM [1945-1955?].
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
I would say that it was probably published between 1940 and 1955, probably in the late forties. Looks like a great find.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[706]from "R4"-4 September 2002:
HI, I have recently bought a venus de milo sculpture puzzle but the instuctions are in a foreign language. Please could you help by possibly sending me a cheat sheet
"R4"
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
Please see no. 643, Page 45, for all the information we have on that series and its instructions.
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[707]from "RM"-4 September 2002:
I recently purchased a small puzzle- 12 5/8" x 7 1/2" in a little plain brown box with the name "The Civic Guard" handwritten in pencil on the top. It came with some other little old puzzles. It has 180 little pieces, most are not interlocking. It is complete and the title "The Civic Guard" by Frnas Hals is printed across the bottom. Do you know anything about this? Any help would be appreciated. I have attached a picture of the puzzle.
"RM"
The Civic Guard"The Civic Guard"
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
Does anyone have a clue about the artist or the age or the maker?
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[708]from "TH"-5 September 2002:
Do you know anything about these puzzles?
"RM"
Little Audrey"Little Audrey", made by TUCO, [1950's?]
boy and girl with soda"boy and girl with ice cream soda", unknown title and maker [1950's]
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
The Little Audrey puzzle is by Tuco Workshops. We can only guess it is from the 1950's. The other puzzle is a frametray puzzle. We're not sure of the maker, but it looks as though it may be a Fairchild product.
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[709]from "NW"-6 September 2002:
I am looking for a list of all the Robert Blair Martin puzzles that he did for Springbok. Does anyone have the complete list? Does anyone know if he will make puzzles for another company now that Springbok isn't making puzzles anymore?
Thanks!
"NW"
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
I can't answer your question, but we were under the impression that HALLMARKTM will continue to make SPRINGBOKTM puzzles.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "NW"--8 September 2002:
I first had heard that Springbok puzzles would not be made anymore (heard that on the internet), then (also on the internet) I heard that the original rumor was false and Springbok would still make puzzles. But when I went into my local Hallmark store, they said they will not be carrying Springbok puzzles anymore. If Hallmark isn't carrying them, who else would be? I am hearing soo many mixed replies about this, I do not know whom to believe.
"NW"
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from Jim McW--8 September 2002:
According to the scrolling marquee message on the Springbok Puzzles page, the puzzles may only be available at "high-volume" HALLMARKTM stores in major markets.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--27 September 2002:

We just received a copy of a news release, from which we provide a few excerpts: "Hallmark has licensed its Springbok® Puzzles business to Allied Products, Inc., a Kansas-City based manufacturing company....Springbok, founded in 1963, had been a wholly owned subsidiary of Hallmark since 1967. The company was the first to introduce circular puzzles, and popularized puzzles made from fine art."
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