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[880]from "CO"-11 January 2003:
Dear Puzzle History, I wasn't sure from your website if you accept new queries, but I have a question relating to some jigsaws I remember doing at my grandmother's (in England) when I was a child. I am trying to find out how old they might have been and if this kind of jigsaw ever appears on the vintage puzzle market. The two I remember were about three hundred to four hundred pieces, one with a picture of a Chinese village scene, one of a naval battle which might have been from a painting. They were wooden jigsaws with the usual general shape of piece but also with many other shapes worked into the pattern, spades, diamonds, animals, tools etc. They came in deep, dull gilt-coloured boxes with no pictures on them.
I would be very grateful if you had any ideas on how I might go on searching, or if you could pass this enquiry on to your readers.
Best,
"CO"
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from "Keith"--14 January 2003:
Hi Jim, This sounds like a Victory Gold Box puzzle made by G.J. Hayter & Co. Ltd. probably made in the 1960's. This series can still be found on the collectors market, the shaped pieces may indicate that these may be "Supercut" , these puzzles were all individual pictures and are likely never repeated so, apart from the clue in the title, you never knew what the picture might be.
Regards
Keith
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[881]from "BAJ"-12 January 2003:
Hi, I have an old wooden jig-saw puzzle that I would like to find out more information about. It is in the original box. Here is the writing that is on the cover of the box: "The Academy Jig-Saw Puzzle, A Charming Watercolour in 100 pieces" - "All Interlocking". The company that made the puzzle appears to be "J. Salmon Art Publisher, Sevenoaks". The title of the puzzle is "The Headland, Newquay" which is a rugged coastline in the west of England which is where my great-grandfater is from. Because of the subject matter, I am pretty sure that this puzzle was made in England. I believe the puzzle was made in the 1920's because it was given to my Uncle (who was born in 1915) when he was a young boy.
If anyone can give me further information about this puzzle, that would be great.
Thanks,
"BAJ"
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from Jim McW--14 January 2003:
According to British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century, by Tom Tyler, J. Salmon Ltd produced fine wooden puzzles from 1920 to 1955.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "Keith"--14 January 2003:
Hi Jim,
In 1983 I wrote to J. Salmon Ltd requesting information about their Jigsaw Puzzle production and got this reply; Puzzles produced from early 1920's to start of war. Production restarted about 1950 for several years. ... I take this to be until 1955.
They made puzzles for the holiday towns and this would come into that group, also the pretty English scenes and gardens were typical of their puzzles. A one hundred piece puzzle would have cost three shillings and six pence and be about 10"x 8" in size.
Regards
Keith
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[882]from "JP"-12 January 2003:
RE: Cat in the Heronim's "Cider Time" puzzle
Supposedly there is a cat hidden in the picture - looking at me. Where is it? I can't put this puzzle away until I find it.
Thanks,
"JP"
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from Jim McW--14 January 2003:
We have taken a look at this puzzle:
Cider Time"Cider Time", ROSE ART HOMETOWN AMERICATM, 1996.
We were unable to find a cat. Does anyone know the answer?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "D18"--18 January 2003:
I, too, have been unable to find this cat and it's maddening. JP, or anyone else, if you find it, PLEASE post it's location...
"D18"
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from "JP"--27 January 2003:
Thank you for getting in touch with me. I have now moved this puzzle to a guest bedroom since I am determined to find the "cat" before putting it back into the box. I also bought another puzzle by the same artist...."Quilt Time" and found the cat immediately, peeking around a quilt. I am somewhat happy to hear that the cat is eluding someone else......but really hope that someone can give me the answer. Do you know if this artist is still alive? Maybe I can go to the source.......
Thanks again!
"JP"
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from Jim McW--6 July 2003:
See No. 1292, Page 81.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW-- 2 August 2008:
LATER UPDATE:
For what may be the "final word" on this, SEE cat.
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[883]from "YB"-12 January 2003:
I am looking for a Ceaco puzzle from the I SPY series, entitled "challenge". It has christmas craft materials piled on a table, like pots of paint and glitter and beads, etc.
I am also looking for a Sprinkbok puzzle from Hallmark called the North Pole series by Department 56. It has ceramic Christmas houses situated like a village with peppermints for the sidewalks and candy cane lamp posts, and little elves performing different tasks (carrying things and decorating and sledding down the hill). Do they still sell these? And if so, where? Thank you for any info!!
Thanks,
"YB"
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[884]from "HP"-12 January 2003:
I am trying to locate a puzzle fully interlocking 1000 piece "The Gallery" series of ALMOST GONE, Rick Garcia.

It is very important that I find this - it is a Milton Bradley puzzle.

Thank-you very much.
"HP"
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[885]from "RBC"-12 January 2003:
Hello. We were recently given an older puzzle set (possibly 1950's) by Somerville Games called "The Kute Kids Set" It contains 4 beautfilly done juvenile puzzles named "the light of love" "you got him", "little pirates" and "three of a kind". The puzzles are in near mint condition will all pieces intact. We are curious as to the age of the puzzle set and its value.
Thanks.

Sincerely,
"RBC"
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[886]from "SH"-13 January 2003:
Does anyone know of where I might find a Black Guardian Angel Puzzle? I can find them with the white Angel fairly effortlessly but have been unable to find the black version. If you know of anyone that sells this version, please let me know.
Thanks, everyone.
"SH"
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[887]from "LM"-14 January 2003:
I recently inherited a number of items from my grandparents, including an old puzzle. This is a Viking Picture Puzzle, entitled CHECKMATE. The box also includes the line "look for the silver lining" and costs 50 cents. The pieces are interesting shapes, including a revolver, knife and cross. I have never seen anything like it. I learned a little about these puzzles from your answers to previous questions, but haven't run across one with the same title as mine. Is there a market for this puzzle? I tried to buy Anne Williams' jigsaw book but it is out of print. Any further information would be appreciated.

Thank you,
"LM"
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from Jim McW--14 January 2003:
First of all, we have two or three copies of Anne Williams' great book on puzzles for sale, on our SALE pages.
You were able to find a bit of information in Q&A no. 147, Page 10, and no. 778, Page 54. Your puzzle would have been published in the 1930's (and they are very popular!).
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[888]from "FC"-14 January 2003:
Searching for a Jane Wooster Scott puzzle called "Candied Apples and Candy Corn". I have been searching the auction sites but no luck so far. Any suggestions where to look or if someone has it to sell, please let me know.
"FC"
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[889]from "MP"-15 January 2003:
I'm searching for a puzzle entitled "Safe Harbor", printed by Warner Press. My best guess is that it was printed in the late 80's or early 90's. I found the copy I completed and framed in a thrift store about three years ago and there was no date on the box, although it appears to be the original puzzle box. I'm searching for a second copy of the puzzle to complete for a friend. I've tried some sights on-line, as well as thrift stores. If you can give me any directions to go in, I'd appreciate it. The puzzle is 550 pieces and depicts a harbor, or marina filled with boats in the early evening. The words "Safe in the harbor of God's love" are in the lower left of the picture. I have the box and could scan it, but the box is not in great condition. Thanks for any help or suggestions you can share.
"MP"
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from Jim McW--15 January 2003:
We are not familiar with Warner Press. This sounds like a beautiful puzzle. We would love to post a picture, if you are ever able to send one.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--16 January 2003:
Hi Jim,
I believe that Warner press is no longer printing puzzles. We used to have some puzzles by them, but not the one MP was asking about, that may have been before we bought from them. I believe they were a printing company that printed religious books, and things. I don't know if they are still in business. Can't remember where they were located.
Nancy
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[890]from "AH"-15 January 2003:
I have a Sta-N-Place inlaid puzzle #130-29 with the picture of a "Magic Show" with a little boy pulling a rabbit out of a hat, and two little girls on the picture, too. Is it antique, or collectible?
Thanks,
"AH"
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from Jim McW--14 January 2003:
Technically, it is not an antique, but it is collectible. These are usually cute little puzzles.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[891]from "CZ"-15 January 2003:
I may not have the right site, but I am looking for puzzles of sports teams. I am a Cleveland Browns (National Football League) fan in particular. If I have gotten the wrong place to ask, please try to help me find the right one! Help, please!
"CZ"
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from Jim McW--1 February 2003:
See no. 393, Page 28.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[892]from "SMC"-12 January 2003:
Dear whom ever
I have found, in my grandfather's stuff after he passed, a puzzle called Two Friends, guild series #102, #4425:29. We have put it together and all the pieces are there and it is in good condition. We donít know what year but it cost $.29 when he bought it, when ever that was. We have looked on this site, under the guild puzzles, but we can not find the puzzle or any of the puzzles that are in the series, which are landend, the auction, church in the wildwoods, rural setting, tomatoe with ewer, spring, the water fall, square dance, minnesota farm yard, home stead, and of course the two friends.

thank you for letting me know and could you tell me if it might be worth some thing

sincerely ,
"SMC"
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from Jim McW--14 January 2003:
It would difficult enough just to list all the puzzles ever made by WHITMAN GUILDTM, and still more impractical to post illustrations of all of them. You might take a look at the Pauline Jackson page of our site, which features versions of "The Auction", "Square Dance", and "Spring".
We believe "Two Friends" is a picture of a cowboy and his horse, stopping at a creek for a drink of cool water.
These puzzles came out in the 1950's or so and, in fine, complete condition, usually sell for $5 to $15, but occasionally for more.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[893]from "IMC"-11 January 2003:
RE: picture word match-ums
I have a puzzle in a cylindrical can. It has 28 pictures to match to 3,4 and 5 letter words. It is by H G toys and games.........
I am trying to find an age and value
Thank you for any help
"IMC"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2003:
See our Harett-Gilmar page for some information about the company and its puzzles. These seem to sell for about $2 to $12 or so, as a rule, if complete and in nice shape. As usual, a lot depends on the subject and presentation.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[894]from "AS"-2 January 2003:
I looked at your Pauline Jackson website and wondered if you could tell me anything about her. Our family had the Tuco puzzle "Summer" and it was a favorite of mine as a child. When my parents moved in 1972, it turned up missing. I always looked for a copy in flea markets, etc., and finally was able to get a couple copies via internet auction sites after 30 years of hoping to someday find it again. Now that I have a couple copies of "Summer", along with the other seasons and "Picnic", I am a bit curious about the painter and especially about any background info regarding "Summer".

I noticed that a road sign in the lower left-hand corner of the painting offers directions to "Brookfield", "E. Milford", and "Chelsea". It appears that these towns are in relatively close proximity to one another in Massachusetts. I wonder if the scene for Jackson's "Summer" is (or was) an actual place??

Sincerely,
"AS"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2003:
See no. 904, Page 61.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[895]from "DN"-17 January 2003:
Hi Jim,
I found when I put this puzzle together that it was not as pictured on the box. the picture is the same except that the left side is on the right side, The Elephant monkey , lion and zebra in the middle is right but the sides are switched / Item #6401 24 x 18 . By Adams puzzles and games. 1997.
Animals of Africa"Animals of Africa", W.B. ADAMSTM, 1997.
Would this make the puzzle unique and valuable . Does anyone know if all the puzzles are were made like this. Does any one have one ?
Thanks DN.
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[896]from "BD"-18 January 2003:
Hi, Puzzler -

We just completed a Big Ben puzzle - complete and beautiful. It is titled 9. Liquarian Sea. We can't find such a place on the Internet. Before passing it on, we would love to know where the picturesque scene is located. Any idea?

"BD"
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from Jim McW--29 January 2003:
We weren't able to find much either, although we did find a reference to "liquarian bees". Does anyone have any other information?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW-- 2 August 2008:
LATER UPDATE:
We suspect that this is a mistake for " Ligurian Sea ", which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea, off the northwestern coast of Italy.
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[897]from "MK"-21 January 2003:
"August Albo was an Estonian artist born in 1893. He studied at the Russian Royal Academy of Art and travelled and painted in many countries throughout the world. Exhibitions of his paintings were held in Estonia and Paris. Albo is known for his exceptionally versatile talent. His famous Ballerina scenes were actually painted from life in the ballet capitals of the world such as Paris, Berlin and Moscow."

This was found on the back of a transistor radio with a copy of his painting on the front.

Actually, my father met August Albo in New York City in the early 1960's. He was a struggling artist. My father, being an Estonian immigrant himself felt sorry for him and bought quite a few of his paintings which my family still has to this date. I believe he died in the late 1960's ... that's what my mother heard. I researched August Albo at the Stanford Art Library once years ago and found a list two pages long of his paintings that reprints were made of.

"MK"
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from Jim McW--31 January 2003:
We have had several entries about this artist's and his beautiful work.
Chris McCann (see no. 70, Page 6) says that he found some connection between Albo and 'someone named "A. Curtis"'.
"DV" (see no. 833, Page 58) found a print "dated 1962 with the initials d.a.c.n.y. next to the date".
Does anyone have any other information?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW--4 August 2005:
We now suspect that the initials stand for " Donald Art Company, NY"
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[898]from "F22"-22 January 2003:
Hi,
A couple of years ago I thought I saw a Norman Rockwell puzzle of a little boy in a barber chair getting his first haircut, is there such a puzzle and do you know where I can find it?
"F22"
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[899]from "YB"-22 January 2003:
I just wanted everyone to know that I found my Ceaco puzzle entitled "Challenge"
My original question was #883.
Thank you anyway
"YB"
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