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[802]from "KM"-8 November 2002:
What a wierd coincidence. I just finished a puzzle at 1:40 at night and wanted to go on line to see if I could find out any information about it. It was "Man's Best Friend" - the german shepard on the battlefield. A great puzzle and very difficult. Lots of similar colour, lots of straight edges that are not edge pieces, lots of tiny pieces.

So I log onto Puzzle history and one of the most recent Q&A is about this very puzzle. Very coincidential.

However, what is interesting is that the puzzle you illustrate is by Guild, whereas the puzzle I have is by Canada's Somerville and is called The London Series. This is a good example of a puzzle that, while put out by a Canadian company is not a Canadian puzzle.

Is Guild an American company? It's not listed on the home page of Puzzle History and is not listed as a British company either.

The picture illustrating the puzzle is at an oblique angle so hard to read the text but it looks like 300 something pieces. Is that correct? My copy is approximately 460 pieces.

thanks for all the great work
"KM"

MAN's BEST FRIEND, Part Two:
I just went back to some earlier Q&A and found another reference to this puzzle on page 11 [no.161]. In that the person says this puzzle with Guild is 'series V' and there are 6 puzzles in each series. The answer to this enquiry states that there are at least 7 other WWII patriotic Guild puzzles in that series.

This puzzle in the Canadian Somerville box lists 8 more titles but none sound patriotic. It would be curious to see what different series Somerville picked through to come up with their own. The box reads:

Titles in This Series

Pride of the the Ranch Hands
Ducks in Flight
Up Elm Street Hill
The Lake of the Whoppers
Spring Radiance
Resting 'neath Mount Hope
Two Setters with one Idea
Man's Best Friend
Venetian Fleet at Sunset

"KM"
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from Jim McW--8 November 2002:
See no. 775, Page 54.
That is a coincidence. This puzzle was issued by WHITMANTM, which was a major producer of jigsaw puzzles in the United States for over 60 years, until about 1980 or so. This particular puzzle was probably published during, or shortly after, World War II, and the puzzles of this series usually had 304 pieces.
Whitman puzzles appear to have been produced in the UK, as well, we assume by license, and we suspect that some were similarly produced in Canada, under license. We have seen at least one Guild puzzle which appears to have been produced in Canada.
It is by no means uncommon for the work of a popular artist to be featured on the puzzles of several different companies. The artwork may be owned and licensed by the artist, by an agent representing him or her, or by a puzzle producer which has acquired the rights.
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[803]from "BRK"-8 November 2002:
Hello,

There was a question in your Q&A section (query no. 93) about the best way to frame a completed puzzle.

Last Christmas we brought our mum a puzzle which she has now completed - it measures 77 inches by 27 inches and is an image of the 1375 Mapamundi.

It is very beautiful , so we would like to now have it permanently framed to preserve the image (it would be a shame to now just break it back up and put it in the box after all of the time it took mum to do it!).

The answer given to query no. 93 was:

"Anne Williams, in Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide seems not to favor the use of glue. She mentions a "plastic box frame" as the best means of displaying your puzzles on a wall. She also cautions that long-term display in this way can lead to fading of the colors of a puzzle, and she suggests rotating the puzzles on display, to help avoid this fading"

But seeing as the image we have to deal with is quite large, do you have any more specific advice?? Should we glue it to a backing board, surface glue it or what??

Please help!

Cheers

"BRK"
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from Jim McW--8 November 2002:
A number of questions and answers on these pages pertain to the questions of gluing, framing, mounting, etc, including at least one pertaining to especially large puzzles.
The only suggestion we venture to make concerning glue is, use good glue. We assume that glue designed especially for puzzles may be the best. You can find "puzzle glue" at some of the on-line jigsaw puzzle stores for which we have links on our LINKS page.
One kind correspondent gave us a very useful link ( it is on the Springbok Puzzles website for which we have a link on our LINKS page), pertinent to this question:
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Trail/1756/hints.html TARGET="_blank" >Springbok Jigsaw Puzzles
It has some very sound, professional ideas about framing and gluing.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[804]from "KM"-4 November 2002:
I have some puzzles from Somerville in Canada that are all 500 pieces, in a long box and are part of a series called "Panorama". The box says "Litho in USA" so I don't know if that means the puzzle or the box. If the puzzles were litho'ed in the USA then they might have been released there by a different company. Does this sound familar?

The ones I have are all #997 and titled:

Pike Action
A Man's Castle
Picturesque Cove
Delta Queen
Early Fall
Azure Inlet

thanks
"KM"
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[805]from "JK"-10 November 2002:
Perfect Target"Perfect Target", GALLES [1930's]. Perfect Target - BoxBox.
Dear Jim,

Do you know anything about this puzzle manufacturer? The box is rather plain, 10 1/4 inches by 5 1/4 The puzzle appears to be made of wood; the pieces have many "ins" and "outies". Any idea of the value or when it was made? The title is Perfect Target, signed by Hy Hintermeister.

Thank you,
"JK"
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from "DV"--23 November 2006:
Here is some info on Galles puzzles--
...The Galles jig-saw puzzle is made of 3-ply veneer plywood... In the early 1930's Andrew Galles made wood puzzles in his workshop at 204 Ontario St, in Buffalo, New York. He also ran a circulating library. These puzzles were rented out by the Baehre's Florist Shop on Delavan Avenue in Buffalo. In those days, puzzles rented for 3 to 10 cents per day, depending on their size.

I have a Galles wood puzzle in a plain cardboard box - no picture. I don't believe it is a rental, as it does not have any of those markings. It has a plain end label "Galles Jig-Saw Picture Puzzle" on one line, and the second line typed in "Romance Map of the Niagara Frontier". Some of this information came from Anne Williams, author of The Jigsaw Puzzle, Piecing Together a History and Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide.

DV

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[806]from "PC"-12 November 2002:
Hi,

I have some large unopened milton bradley puzzles. Is there any information available on the actual amount of pieces in the York 1500, Super Big Ben 2000, Grand 2500 & the Magnum 3000. I can give specific information the used puzzles that I am trying to count the pieces for, before I go through the trouble of putting them together.

"PC"
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from "PC"--14 November 2002:
I have a partial answer to my own question. I have counted several of the MB York 1500 puzzles and I keep coming up with the number 1540. That seems to be right because the manufacturer (MB) used to list the exact # of pieces on the 1500 York puzzles as 1540. I have an unopened 1977 York that says 1500 and just below that, it says 1540 pieces.

I reason that this is the same situation for the superbig ben, grand and magnum puzzles, assuming that they cut every puzzle of the same series with the same amount of pieces and round it off to the general 2000, 2500 or 3000.

If that is not the case and every puzzle has a slightly different number than I would be out of luck, but I'm assuming that the manufacturer (MB) prefers consistency and cuts each series with the same # of pieces.

Any opinions on what I just wrote, are welcome. :)
"PC"
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from Jim McW--15 November 2002:
We think you're probably right, at least on any puzzles in which the pieces are cut in "rows and columns". The quick way to count those puzzles is simply to count the number of rows and the number of columns and multiply the two figures. I have been told that one reason manufacturers often describe the number of pieces as a round number slightly less than the actual number is that small pieces of the dies may sometimes detach or otherwise become defective, and some of the pieces may be cut incompletely or not at all. So, in such cases, the number may vary by one or two.
Does anyone have any other ideas or info?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[807]from "SD"-12 November 2002:
Hello,

I own a copy of "Alice in Wonderland" from the Mattel Artist's Collection series (1000 pieces, copyright 1999). It features the artwork of Tom duBois.

I haven't been able to find *anything* about this series of puzzles on the net. Are these puzzles rare, and if so, any idea of what it might be worth?

Thanks very much,

"SD"
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from "PT"--16 March 2005:
There are 5 puzzles in the Tom DuBois Disney Series. They are Alice's Magical Journey, Cinderella's Evening of Magic, The Magic of Peter Pan, Pinocchio's Magical Adventure, and Snow White's Magical Forest. They are extremely hard to find in the U.S. but can be found in puzzle stores in the U.K. You might try ALLJIGSAWPUZZLES.CO.UK or JIGSAWSRUS.COM - I hope this helps.
"PT"
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[808]from "CG"-14 November 2002:
I have a puzzle I'd like to find the name of. I have the box top cut out from the rest of the box but the puzzle is in another box. It's a soldier (WW1 or 2) sitting on a couch with his wife and son, looking at the new baby in a bassinet. Made by the Whitman publishing co., number 2900. Says GUILD across top of box. It's 16x20 inches. Over 300 pieces, cardboard. Any info on age, name? Also, anyone make new pieces for cardboard? I have 2 missing. I'd like to frame it.

Thanks,

"CG"
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from Jim McW--14 November 2002:
Sounds like:
Home On Leave"Home On Leave", WHITMAN GUILDTM.
We believe it probably was issued during World War II or shortly thereafter.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[809]from "anonymous"-14 November 2002:
MY PUPPY ATE MY FAVORITE PUZZLE
I was in love with a puzzle that came in a set of three [made by Ceaco] in the winter of 2001. I saved the best for last, and my puppy ate it before I was finished. I was going to have it framed because I love this picture so much. Furthermore, I have a theme of the artwork in my house in that it is all my favorite puzzles. I know that sounds crazy, but this rectangular puzzle was to be the prize artwork posession in my new house. Please help me to get a new 700 piece puzzle by Thomas Kinkade. It is a picture of Paris Streets of Light. I will pay for it. I was devasted when she chewed it up.
Thank you.
"anonymous"
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from Jim McW--23 November 2002:
You may check the on-line jigsaw puzzle stores on our LINKS page. At least one of them has the three-puzzle set you're talking about, we believe ( NANCY BALLHAGEN'S PUZZLES. Just go to the site, look for "Thomas Kinkade Puzzles" in the menu on the left side of the screen, go to that page, to find the set.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[810]from "MEW"-14 November 2002:
Please help me locate a puzzle my children had into the early 80's and loved so much.

It was a Whitman puzzle called Disney fantasy. It was a collaboration of all Disney characters. It was 300 Extra Large pieces.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

"MEW"
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from Jim McW--23 November 2002:
If anyone recognizes the puzzle described or can provide any ideas or information, please contact us.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[811]from "JMR"-14 November 2002:
RE: Q&A no. 693, Page 48
I'd like to respond the Star Wars puzzle (pzl9027) question.

Could you post more descriptions about the puzzle? Who are the characters in the puzzle? Which movie does it reflect? Where does the scene take place (the ice planet Hoth, the Cloud City, etc.)?

I, too, am looking for a Star Wars puzzle. The last time I had seen it was about three years ago in a Hallmark store in Portland, Oregon. The store suggested contacting Rose Art, which was one of their puzzle vendors, but Rose Art did not seem to recognize the puzzle. From what I remember the last time I saw it, which has been nearly three years, it was a scene from the Cloud City that consisted of a pink-orange-purple background. The characters included Lando Calrissian, Leah, Han Solo, (R2D2 & C3PO?). The Millennium Falcon was also in the picture. I think that it was either 1000 or 1500 PCs, although I could be mistaken. I do not know the UPC symbol or any other unique identifier, nor do I know who created it.

I would extremely grateful for any help or pointers.
Thanks.

"JMR"
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[812]from "S19"-19 November 2002:
Mapping His Course"Mapping His Course",
I am looking for a Norman Rockwell puzzle that my dad had about 10 years ago and got thrown away and he wants another one but no one in the famliy can seem to find it. The name of it is "Santa At The Map" . If anyone knows where I can find it that would be great. I have checked just about ever sight online and no luck.

"S19"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2002:
We think the title is "Mapping His Course", SPRINGBOKTM 1000 pieces, PZL6137, published in 1990.
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[813]from "KMQ"-20 November 2002:
Hello,
I am searching for a Leed's Castle, UK - jigsaw puzzle do you know of any, or can you direct me to a possible source. My local puzzle shop was unable to assist.

Thank you for your assistance.
"KMQ"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2002:
We have seen this puzzle:
Leeds Castle in Kent"Leeds Castle in Kent, England", RAINBOW WORKSTM
We will let you know if we run across an available puzzle featuring Leed's Castle.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[814]from "MKN"-20 November 2002:
Hello!
I hope you can locate or direct us to a puzzle we are looking for. It is called , the '7 Wonders of the World'. We bought this puzzle approximately 15 years ago. I think we got it from a company called , Bits and Pieces, (mail order). They were unable to help us. It is kind of a caracature type puzzle.
Thank you!
"MKN"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2002:
You may be thinking of:
7 Puzzling Wonders of the World"The 7 P-U-Z-Z-L-I-N-G Wonders of the World", SPRINGBOKTM, 1986.
BITS AND PIECESTM probably didn't carry this item, even when it was in print. No retail store would be likely to have it in stock this many years after its publication. Keep an eye on the on-line auction sites.
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[815]from "ASK"-21 November 2002: RE: Q&A 467, Page 33
hi.
i just put together a "convergence" puzzle. this site was the first mention i have heard of an"alchemy" puzzle. i would love any information on the reality or availibility of such a puzzle.
thanks.
"ASK"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2002:
We have seen a puzzle recently, entitled, "Autumn Rhythm", by Jackson Pollock, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but we have been unable to confirm the existence of a puzzle version of "Alchemy", by the same artist.
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[816]from "LG"-21 November 2002:
Where can i purchase...

Ceaco `family puzzle', 500 graduated pieces, 'Jack and the Bean Stalk'.
Also by Scott Gustafson, `Little Red Riding Hood'.

thankyou,
"LG"
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[817]from "anonymous"-21 November 2002:
Good Afternoon,

About 4 yrs ago I purchased a 3000 peice coke puzzle, made by hallmark. I have been told that hallmark no longer makes puzzles. Do you know where this 1 of 2, 3000peice coke puzzles can be found, if at all.

Thank you,
"anonymous"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2002:
We are not aware of any SPRINGBOKTM puzzle of 3000 pieces.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[818]from "Joe"-22 November 2002:
My g/f is looking for a schmuzzle puzzle. Something about a bucket of worms for a photo. Any idea where I can find???
"Joe"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2002:
See no. 664, Page 47 and no. 642, Page 45, for brief discussions of these puzzles. These show up once in a while in online auctions.
Thanks, Jim McW
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