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[900]from "RKY"-3 January 2003:
I read entry # 527 with great interest-- I was trying to find companions to my old Minnesota puzzle, and naively thought I'd be able to find a nation's worth. This entry turned up in Google. What do these puzzles typically sell for? If you don't have that kind of information, where would I go to find out? I really like this puzzle because of some of the history included with the puzzle, and the challenge of the irregular outline. I have a sister who now lives in California, and if I were able to find that for her, it would be "pretty cool", by valley standards.
"RKY"
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from Jim McW--2 February 2003:
It would not be unusual for these "state" SPRINGBOK's to go for $25 to $50 per puzzle, in fine, complete condition. They are very much sought after. (AND, "pretty cool" !)
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Jim McW
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[901]from "WV"-23 February 2003:
RE: largest puzzle
appears that Ravensburger has now issued the world's largest commercial jigsaw, available today at jigsawjungle and in europe, the 18,000 piece antique maps of the world. Wow! Consists of four bags of 4,500 plus pieces each..what a challenge!
"WV"
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[902]from "BC"-24 February 2003:
Pasta!
Hello, I have this puzzle still in a box with shrink wrap. I cant seem to find any information on it. Could you please let me know about it or a web site that has this puzzle.
on the back it says
Copyright @ MCMLXXVII By The C.R. Gibson Company
Norwalk, Connecticut, 06856 Printed in the U.S.A

(I think this is the name of the puzzle)
pasta! Photograph by Don Dempsey, White Light

Another View C.R. Gibson
Over 500 pieces. A Fully Interlocking Jigsaw Puzzle. (UN PUZZLE A PIECES EMBOITEES)
18x24in 46x61cm
JP 523
Thank you, "BC"
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[903]from "EH"-24 February 2003:
I have a puzzle #300, Iris Time"Iris Time", WARREN BUILT-RITETM, that I would like some history on. Such as when it was made and if there would be any value to it. Also, is there a specific location for the picture?
Thank you, "EH"
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from Jim McW--2 February 2003:
We can't tell for sure, but it looks as though it probably was issued in the 1950's, perhaps a bit later. We would expect the puzzle to bring $5 or more, probably, depending on many different factors (see our FAQ page). We have no idea about the locale.
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Jim McW
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[904]from "EJR"-24 February 2003:
RE: no 500, Page 36, [Pauline Jackson].
I have a similar set of prints that were represented as uncut puzzles in an internet auction. The only difference is that in my set the auction and the quilting party are stamped on the back. I also just found an item on the Internet that seems to refer to this artist. It says that she worked in New York City until 1965 and then moved to Vermont. It is not clear if she or someone else donated some prints to a benefit auction in 2000.
Thank you, "EJR"
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[905]from "KM"-25 February 2003:
Can you please post this on the question section of your site?

Does anyone know of puzzles illustrating Sherlock Holmes?

Thanks
"KM"
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from Jim McW--2 February 2003:
We believe the early SPRINGBOK, Silver Blaze"Silver Blaze", is supposed to be about Sherlock Holmes. I can't think of any others. Can anyone?
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Jim McW
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from "EB"-- 10 May 2008:
I just bought a two-sided puzzle dated 1975 about Sherlock Holmes. It's titled: "Two sides of Sherlock Holmes", no. 221B, over 500 pieces, a product of International Polygonics, Ltd., New York City, made in the U.S.A. with a logo "the underground jigsaw puzzle". The two sides of the puzzle are brown and yellow background from illustrations from the December 1893 Strand magazine.
"EB", Michigan
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[906]from "KM"-25 February 2003:
Wanted: Puzzles by any manufactuer of maps of Canada.
e-mail: K. Moore

Thanks
"KM"
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[907]from "KM"-25 February 2003:
Do you know of a list of the miniature TUCO puzzles that were made? I've seen the themes be all over the place but I like the format of the boxes and think the boxes would display very well so am thinking of collecting them. Before I make that decision I'd like to know how many are out there.

Thank you in advance.
"KM"
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from Jim McW--2 February 2003:
I don't know much about the "mini-Tuco's". You might try writing to the webmaster of the Tuco website. Is there anyone out there who can answer this question?
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Jim McW
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[908]from "FD"-25 February 2003:
We have a small puzzle complete.It has irregular shaped pieces and the outline has no straight edges,about 36pcs. On the box; #591 The "MINI" shape puzzle 6 titles series B ages 8 to 80 Horse and buggy EE fairchild corp. rochester n.y. usa.
Any info helpful,thx
"FD"
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from Jim McW--2 February 2003:
We don't know much about these little puzzles. I think we have one in our lighthouse puzzle collection. I suspect that they were issued in the late 1950's or 1960's.
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Jim McW
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[909]from "RMG"-25 February 2003:
I'm inquiring about a puzzle that we have. It's copyright 1932, Toddy Inc and entitled "Caught In The Haunted House". The artist is Jay Weaver. Interestingly, many of the cut-out shapes are done in the shapes of ghosts.

Puzzle belonged to my wife's father and has been protected behind glass for about 30 years.

Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

"RMG"
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from Jim McW-- 1 August 2008:
We happened to notice this question, and checked for some informtation we have received in the intervening years. Anne Williams has identified Toddy, Inc. as a New York company which published jigsaw puzzles for advertising purposes during the 1930's. She says the puzzles were manufactured by EINSON-FREEMAN.
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Jim McW
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[910]from "JO"-26 February 2003:
hi there. i am writing you to see what you think of my collection. i was recently featured on the local news here in _____, ny on my puzzling habits. i am currently working on the 18,240 piece map puzzle. i didn't see anything about it anywhere on the site. it is the world's largest puzzle that is available to buy and do. i just finished the 13,224 sacred and profane love. and before that was the 9124 map scene. along with these i have done the 8000 sisitne chapel, 7488 NYC skyline 6016 jane wooster scott new england village and two 5000 piece puzzles. and then if you want to count all the smaller ones wallpapering my walls. i have done just about the whole collection of "the world's most difficult" double sided ones. i disagree with the claim because i can do one in less than 3 hours. they are easy once you get the idea. well anyways i am 28 years old and do have a normal job and DO NOT spend all my time working on puzzles but i am good at them. people come to my house all the time just to see what all the buzz is about. everybody is always amazed. so what do you think?
"JO"
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from Jim McW--2 February 2003:
You're definitely out of our league! We're pretty slow, but we enjoy our puzzles, nonetheless.
See no. 901, above, about the largest commercially available puzzle.
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Jim McW
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[911]from "C64"-26 February 2003:
I really enjoy your site, but am wondering why you don't have any MB Colossus puzzles listed.
"C64"
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from Jim McW--2 February 2003:
There are many, many brands (let alone series ) of puzzles which we haven't been able to post on the site, as yet. Many of the series or brands which we do have featured are represented by only one or two puzzles, out of hundreds or even thousands of different puzzles issued. We're doing the best we can !
Seriously, we are unable to feature some lines, simply because we don't have good pictures. In other cases, we have been provided with pictures by kind contributors, but we just haven't found time to post them. We do this in our spare time, and just answering questions takes most of our time. We're not complaining, we enjoy it!
Thanks to everyone for participating,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW-- 1 August 2008:
LATER UPDATE:
We now have some COLOSSUS puzzles featured on MILTON BRADLEY, Page 9. If you have a title or picture of a COLOSSUS puzzle not listed there, please write us.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[912]from "HO"-28 January 2003:
Dear sir,
I have a puzzle made by the postcard company of J.SALMON & CO OF SEVENOAKS,KENT,ENGLAND,entitled "Cook and her policeman"(not to mention the sweep) Cook and Her Policeman"Cook and Her Policeman", this is an interchangeable puzzle consisting of Cook,Policeman,the sweep,a motor car and two extra heads?. the box cover shows a cat dressed as a cook,and this reminds me of the cats painted by the famous illustrator "Louis Waine". My questions are: can you say when this puzzle come on the market? Did "Louis Waine"draw the cat for the cover? finally,Does it have any rarity factor. I have tried to scan picture for you of box lid. many thanks for your assistance.
"HO"
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from Jim McW--3 February 2003:
J. SALMONTM published jigsaw puzzles from 1920 until about the 1950's. The style seems to suggest the 1920's or 1930's, but we really don't know whether the artwork is by Waine. Can anyone answer these questions?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Keith--4 February 2003:

1) I found this puzzle listed in Tom Tyler's Compendium of British Jigsaw Puzzles on page 20. The puzzle is listed in a 1937 catalog as having 30 pieces ( this is important as it is in effect 5 puzzles and any missing pieces would effect its value) .
2) The puzzle is very rare.
3) Salmon puzzles have not been as collectible as some other old brands but now are becoming quite scarce
4) This particular puzzle is of interest for its scarcity, the metamorphosis interest, children's toys interest, the possibility of its being a " Louis Waine" illustration (although he did have his imitators), and cat collector interest.
Regards,
Keith
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from "HO"--26 February 2003:
Many thanks for the information from both yourself and "Keith". Unfortunately, this has raised another question!
My puzzle has 74 pieces, not, as Keith suggests, 30.
Any ideas where we can go from here? I have had some response from J. Salmon & Co., placing it's date at 1936-1938, but they are unable to add further to this.
Regards,
"HO"
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from Jim McW--23 March 2003:
I really believe that you simply have a variant, presumably one not listed in the "Compendium". It very well may be rare.
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Jim McW
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[913]from "AM"-31 December 2002:
Hi, i was looking for a list of Hometown Collection Puzzle's by Heronim when i found this site. I thought i would add my list of puzzles to add to yours.

Lancaster Ladies
New Orleans
Pumpkin Picking
Delta Queen
Seattle
Bayberry Junction
Skaters Evening (also just called "skaters")
Golf and Ballons (also called "hot air ballons")
Kite Flying
Mail Train
Port City
16th at Cypress
Point Bonita
County Fair
Mattaie's Tavern
Amish Harvest (or just harvest)
Cider Time
Boston Swan Boats
Maple Sugaring
Maple Sugaring II
New England Light House
Mayors House
Grand Peacock Hotel
The Circus

Some of them have multiple names, but each one i named is different. Lots of these can be bought on internet auctions. Anyway, I was looking for a puzzle in the series called Monterey Tour, but i can't find it. I'm sure it exsist as well, any ideas? I've seen the picture of it on the sides of my other puzzles boxes.
Thanks,
"AM"
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from Jim McW--9 February 2003:
We have started a list of the puzzles based on the art of Heronim, on our LISTS page. Can anyone add anything to this list?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW-- 1 August 2008:
LATER UPDATE:
We now also have a dedicated HERONIM page.
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Jim McW
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[914]from "CA"-29 January 2003:
I have acquired a puzzle, Ceaco "magic mirror" 60 piece jigsaw puzzle. No. 1814.
"Can you make the lion swallow his trainer, the clown juggle and the monkey catch his partner? Mylar mirror and solutions inclosed." I think it is a delightful idea.

I have the puzzle but not the mylar mirror or solutions. So I am puzzled. I could probably find a piece of mylar. Could you give me the solutions? My about-to-be 3 year old grandchild would no doubt love it.

Sincerely yours,
"CA"
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[915]from "NR"-1 February 2003:
RE: No. 597, Page 42.
In case you'd like to know....
I recently purchased a box lot of puzzles at a local auction. In that box were two Big Star puzzles (both 10" x 13.5") and they both have the U.S. Savings Bond Minuteman on them. They are both numbered No. 1010. One is called Playful Litter, the other Birth of Ambition. The boxes show the puzzle in B&W, but they are actually in color.
"NR"
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[916]from "ARM"-6 February 2003:
RE: August Albo [no. 897, Page 60]
Recently, I aquired the painting "Woodland Pool" by August Albo.
Like you, I'm trying to find more information about the Artist.
"ARM"
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[917]from "MH"-7 February 2003:
Hello,

Found your site last summer and have really enjoyed it. I just ran across a Built Rite puzzle Colorado Paradise"Colorado Paradise", BUILT-RITETM. It has over 1500 "diamond-lock" pieces. The puzzle size is 39" x 23". The puzzle no. is 1500. It is in excellent condition and never been opened. The box has a slight dip in the top but essentially no wear. I note in one of your Q & A on the Built Rite subject that these puzzles were produced beginning in the 1940's. I am interested in finding out if anyone knows the date this puzzle might have been produced and today's approximate value. Thanks for any info you can provide.
"MH"
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from Jim McW--9 February 2003:
We would guess early- to mid-1960's.
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Jim McW
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[918]from "KMT"-7 February 2003:
Can you advise when a puzzle entitled "Forward America" was made. The artist was Hintermeister. It features Theodore Roosevelt on horseback with a Boy Scout in fron of a campfire in the foreground. It is a Picture Perfect Puzzle, not Tuco.

Thanks,
"KMT"
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from Jim McW--12 February 2003:
We have never seen this puzzle, but we checked with Chris McCann, and he identified seven different issues of Perfect Picture Puzzles with this picture.
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Jim McW
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[919]from "DG"-8 February 2003:
Hi,

I'm sending a photo of a completed puzzle and its box. This is a "Stratford Jig Picture Puzzle". The title of the puzzle is The Old Spanish Mission"The Old Spanish Mission", STRATFORD JIG
Would you happen to know anything about this puzzle?

Thank you,
"DG"
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[920]from "CB"-8 February 2003:
RE: No. 70, Page 6.
CTR:

I have a print that I finally found, a picture that is titled Close of Day, and I found the corrosponding Milton Bradley puzzle, so it would seem that Paul Detlefsen is indeed the artist of Close of Day.
"CB"
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from Jim McW-- 1 August 2008:
LATER UPDATE:
We know of at least two puzzles with this title:
" Close of Day ", MILTON BRADLEY, by Detlefsen       and        " Close of Day ", by TUCO, by Detlefsen

There is also this puzzle: " Close of Day ", by TUCO [artist not known]

We strongly suspect there may be other puzzles published under similar titles, but with still different artwork.
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Jim McW
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[921]from "JJW"-9 February 2003:
RE: No. 862, Page 59.
I phoned Masterpieces and was told they would NOT be doing any more Kim Jacobs puzzles. I too am looking for Kim Jacobs puzzles. I Would appreciate being put in contact with someone who has them for sale other than the major stores who only have the latest ones - Water View, Feed & Seed, Courtyard Kitchen, Christmas Dreams, Hopeful Farm, etc. Just got on line and just found your site.
"JJW"
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from Jim McW--19 February 2003:
We appreciate your kind words about our site. We assume that puzzle manufacturers choose subjects according to sales results: what sells best is most likely to be produced. We also assume that they have to keep bringing out new subjects, since most people will not buy the same puzzle twice! I'm sure there are other reasons for discontinuing a series, as well (contract terms, production and distribution limitations, etc.). You might try some of the links on our LINKS page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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