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[940]from "DG"-1 March 2003:
I have a a GJ Hayter Victory birdwatching puzzle that i found in my loft. It has the number BW3 on the box and has 3 peices missing. It is not in particularly good condition. Before I " bin" it . could you advise me if it has any value please? Thanks

"DG"
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from Keith--6 February 2003:

Hi Jim,
Birdwatching was produced as a 20 piece tray puzzle from 1963 to 1967, the birds were all cut out and stood proud from the puzzle base, it is not a valuable puzzle but it would be a pity to bin it as this might be one of those rare occasions when the pieces of different puzzles could be interchanged ( with slight variations as they are hand-cut ). It is not rare today but tomorrow could be another story.
Regards,
Keith
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[941]from "DH"-3 March 2003:
My family has been in the possession of a wooden puzzle with a picture by the famous Italian artist E. Zampighi.:
Peasant's Treasure?"Peasant's Treasure"[probably], Parker Pastime [very likely]

The puzzle is approximately 11 3/4" X 15 7/8". The wooden pieces are in shapes of animals, people, a hammer and many other shapes. There is an E in the middle of the puzzle.

We believe we have the original box, but it was painted by my sister-in-law many years ago. It resembles a old wooden cigar box with a top that slides. Inside is a piece of paper glued to the side of the box, it reads as follows:

Number of Pieces (it is hard to read 3 something - 311??) we have 306 pieces with 4 or 5 missing (one piece is quite large that is missing - it could be two - we are not sure). It does have some pieces with chips missing from them. Sawed by # 34. Polished by (just initials). Inspected by (initials). and the date of 10-19-32.

We are wondering who the puzzle company is, also a little about the history of the puzzle and what it might be worth.

Thank you,

"DH"
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from Jim McW--5 March 2003:
We believe that this is almost certainly a Parker Pastime puzzle. The subject has been used many times by many different puzzle makers, usually with the title "Peasant's Treasure", but also with the title "Happy Days".
Even with several pieces missing, the puzzle may be worth $20 to $40, depending on many different factors.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[942]from "MA4"-3 March 2003:
Can anyone tell me what Wysocki puzzle has a can in it with the words Bull Durham on it please? I'm trying to locate it for a retirement gift for a fellow employee.
Thanks,
"MA4"
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from Jim McW--5 March 2003:
We believe that this may be Wells Fargo Memories"Wells Fargo Memories", CHARLES WYSOCKITM, although it depicts a tobacco sack, not can.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[943]from "KS-M"-4 March 2003:
Hello- I am looking for a jigsaw puzzle of the state of Pennsylvania.
Thanks
"KS-M"
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from Jim McW--5 March 2003:
The only such puzzle we know of was a SPRINGBOKTM. These show up occasionally in on-line auctions.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "SJ"--5 March 2003:
Hi Jim:

I just saw KS-M's question regarding puzzles of Pennsylvania. I am attaching a picture of a 550 piece puzzle that I have. Pennsylvania""Pennsylvania Jigsaw Puzzle", by Katy Winters, GREAT AMERICAN PUZZLE FACTORY, INC.TM
"SJ"
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[944]from "MO"-4 March 2003:
Hi,
I was trying to find jaymar specialty company to see if I can find the age of this wizard of oz puzzle. Don't Cry
"Don't Cry"
, from the 1939 MGM movie, "The Wizard of Oz"TM
I am a true fan of the wizard of oz and have never seen this puzzle before. What makes it so unique to me is that Dorothy is wearing a red dress instead of the original blue one. If you have any information I would appreciate your time.

Hope to hear from you soon,
Extremely puzzled,
"MO"
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from Jim McW--7 March 2003:
It is difficult to say, since JAYMAR has been in business for a very long time, but we would guess this puzzle was issued in the 1960's or so.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[945]from "CB"-4 March 2003:
Hi,
was there ever a response to question #41 about the "puddle of paint" puzzle. i am in desperate need of info. about where i can find a puzzle like that. thank you
"CB"
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from Jim McW--7 March 2003:
See no. 555, Page 40; no. 494, Page 35; no. 41, Page 3. In no. 555, "DW" reports that, 'A 350 piece irregularly shaped "puddle of paint" was made by Synergistics Research Corp., New York, New York 10011. The number of the blue paint is PJ-300. The puzzle also comes in red or yellow. The completed puzzle is approximately 15" by 19".'
There is also SPRINGBOK TM puzzles entitled "Flat Banana", 1979, and "Little Red Riding Hood's Hood", 1964 and again in 1969.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[946]from "MR"-8 March 2003:
Dear Sir:
I am enclosing a photo of a puzzle recently purchased at a yard sale. The picture says it all. Animals in a Speakeasy
"Animals in a Speakeasy"
, by Tony Sarg, SIMON & SCHUSTER INNER SANCTUM PUZZLETM. Is this puzzle from the late 1920's to 1930's when Prohibition was still the law of the land? It's made by Simon & Schuster.
Any help would be appreciated.
What is the value? I paid 50 cents.
Sincerely
"MR"
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from Jim McW--9 March 2003:
Well, you certainly got your money's worth!!
As far as we know, all these were issued during the 1930's. We've never seen one, but it is probably a very desirable puzzle, if complete and in fine condition.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[947]from "KH"-8 March 2003:
I found two puzzle boxes that were my father's as a young boy. I was trying to find out how old they are. One is:
COWBOYS Six Jig Puzzle Pictures No. 145A.
and the other is:
CHILDREN OF MAY LANDS six interlocking jig puzzles pictures No. 150B. The Platt& munk Co. Inc.
"KH"
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from Jim McW--9 March 2003:
I think these must have been issued during the 1930's or 1940's. Can you provide pictures?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "KH"--23 March 2003:
Here are the pictures:
Children of Many Lands"Children of Many Lands", PLATT & MUNKTM.
Children of Many Lands"Children of Many Lands", all six puzzles.
Cowboys"Cowboys", PLATT & MUNKTM.
Cowboys"Cowboys", all six puzzles.
"KH"
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[948]from "CR"-8 March 2003:
i have a perfect picture puzzle and the picture on it is snuggle up and i am trying to find out how old it is and what it might be worth. I would appreciate it if you could help me out a little with this.
Thank You!,
"CR"
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from Jim McW--23 March 2003:
Is this the puzzle? Snuggle Up"Snuggle Up", Perfect Picture.
We would guess this puzzle was issued in the 1940's or 1950's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[949]from "APB"-11 February 2003:
RE: August Albo [no. 897, Page 60]
I too have the print "FREE AS THE WIND". It was a Ford Mustang promotional item given by the local Ford dealer in Reno, Nevada, about 1966. I recently had it framed and have hung it after all these years. The effects of indirect lighting are quite striking on the mustangs.
"APB"
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[950]from "Corker"-12 March 2003:
Jim,
I recently came across a lot of old puzzles from my uncle. The dates on the back that someone wrote on them, date back to the 1930's to the 1950's. I have some that are wooden and one that is made from cork (DEE-GEE picture-puzzle). It was made by Detroit Gasket & MFG. CO in Detroit of course, could you find out more about it for me?
thank you.
"Corker"
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from Jim McW--23 March 2003:
See no. 684, Page 48.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[951]from "RB"-13 March 2003:
Help Me,
I recently found a floor puzzle by Parker Brother's that was copyrighted in 1913. It is of what looks like a French Foreign Legionnaire. It is cardboard, not wood. Could anybody give me any info on it? Thanks.
"RB"
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[952]from "K.D."-18 March 2003:
I'm looking for information about a double-sided, antique wooden puzzle recently handed down to me. It is a 15x11 inch dissected puzzle. One side is a tinted G.W. & C.B Colton & Co. map of the United States. The date on the map is 1860. The picture on the other side is of a child and his dog. The pieces for Vermont, New Hampshire and West Virginia are missing, as are two tabs. There seems to be quite a bit of information available on dissected map puzzles, but I've yet to discover anything relating to my double-sided puzzle. Does a puzzle of this age (missing pieces) have any monetary value? I would be very grateful for any information you may be able to provide.
Thanks very much.
"K.D."
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from Jim McW--23 March 2003:
We haven't seen very many of these, ourselves, but we believe they sometimes bring prices of $20 to $60, or more, if complete. Your puzzle is, in our opinion, collectible, even though it is missing three pieces. Its value depends on many different factors, not the least of which is overall eye appeal and presentation.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[953]from "VT"-23 March 2003:
Hi, I recently purchased three vintage puzzles from an estate sale. I was wondering if you could give some information on them. They are all from the maker White Horse and they say made in Holland on them. They are :
Columbus Ontdekt Amerika"Columbus Ontdekt Amerika 1492", ["Columbus Discovers America, 1492"], WHITE HORSETM.
Columbus - titles and logoTitles and Logo.
Hendrik ten kate/landsknechten"Hendrik ten kate/landsknechten", WHITE HORSETM.
Hendrik - title and logoTitle and Logo.
Jan Steen/St. Nicolaasfeest"Jan Steen/St. Nicolaasfeest", WHITE HORSETM.
Jan Steen - title and logoTitle and Logo.

Any help you can give me would be appreciated.

Thank you,
"VT"
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from Jim McW--28 March 2003:
We know very little about this puzzle maker. There is an illustration of of an old puzzle depicting Columbus landing in America, but it is not based on the same picture as yours.
....Is St. Nicolaasfeest related to Christmas?
Does anyone have any other WHITE HORSE titles in their collection? Anyone know their years of production? Can anyone provide more information?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Geert Bekkering--13 December 2003:
Dear VT,

The Dutch company "BCF" Bornse Cartonage Fabriek, who produced the inexpensive White Horse puzzles in the 1970ís, stopped production in about 1990. Their aim never was the high quality of Jumbo or Ravensburg, rather the opposite. They focused on beautiful pictures and a cardboard quality that would be good enough to assemble the puzzle at least once. In the Netherlands, their puzzles turn up at car boot sales at ridiculously low prices.
The Sinterklaas feast is related to your father Christmas, but is older and at December 5th.
Enjoy them, theíre nice!

Geert Bekkering
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from Jim McW--14 December 2003:
For those who don't already know, Geert is the author of Stukje Voor Stukje: Geschiedenis van de Legpuzzle in Nederland, [by Betsy and Geert Bekkering, Pub. 1988, Van Soeren & Co., Amsterdam.] You can get his address, etc., on our LINKS page.
You can also see Geert Bekkering's site of Raphael Tuck Jigsaw Puzzles
You can also buy a copy of his book (in Dutch) and an English translation on our SALE Page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[954]from "EC"-27 March 2003:
RE: inquiry number 633 [See Page 44]
Your description fits my Perfect puzzle number 380, 1957.
"EC" Night Rider
"Night Rider"
, PERFECT PUZZLETM.
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from Jim McW--28 March 2003:
What a great, old Western picture!
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Jim McW
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[955]from "anonymous"-24 March 2003:
I have a puzzle titled "Up to the Minute Map of the World Jig Saw Puzzle" which is a complete map of the world showing shipping lanes, air routes, etc. as they existed during World War II. It was manufactured by J. Pressman & Co., Inc., New York, NY, says "made in USA" and is identified as No. 180 on the box lid. The puzzle has some pieces shaped like war hardware including a tank, bomb, gun, plane, etc. A map key shows air and steamer distances between objectives, with flying and sailing time. When put together, the puzzle measures 19 1/2" x 31 1/2". Have you heard of any more of these in existence?
"anonymous"
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from Jim McW--7 April 2003:
Is this the one?Up to the Minute Map of the World
"Up to the Minute Map of the World"
, J. Pressman & Co.
We have seen two or three of these on the market, but they don't seem to come up very often. They are great little pieces of history.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[956]from "LG"-1 April 2003:
Can you help me find the Anne Geddes mini alphabet puzzle "E is for Egg" ?
I am searching for three of these puzzles.
"LG"
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[957]from "PT"-3 April 2003:
Hello,
I have this puzzle Sweet Your Heart Out"Sweet Your Heart Out", CEACOTM 550 piece, 1992. It has the name Mr Schiff on the box, I was wondering if you knew if Mr. Schiff was the photographer? Thanks for your help.
"PT"
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[958]from "GW"-4 April 2003:
Good morning - We have some puzzles that date back to the late 60's. They are of a hippie nature and come in a can that needs to be opened with a can opener. One says Woodstock, another says Women's lib and drug related expressions. Supposedly these were sold at Woodstock. Any idea what they are worth. All are in excellent condition, about 8 puzzles unopened.
Thanks,
"GW"
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[959]from "JW"-4 April 2003:
Can you tell me if there are any additonal Glow in the Dark series . I have six now. Also, what category are they listed under.
thank you
"JW"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--7 March 2003:
Hi Jim,
If you want to send info to #959 JW about the Glow in the Dark puzzles, they are listed as Glow in the Dark on our web page and there are 9 in the Ceaco series, plus several others from other companies.
Nancy
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[960]from "TW"-5 April 2003:
Hello,
Can you please tell me who the artist is for the painting that is used for the Mission Regensburg puzzle? I have been searching websites everywhere and I am having a tough time locating this painting as a print for purchase.
My search would be easier if I knew the artist.
Would you be able to help me?
Thanks,

"TW"
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from Jim McW--6 April 2003:
I don't know the artist's name, but the world war 2 series artists on F.X. Schmid puzzles include Gil Cohen and Stan Stokes. [see our World War 2 Themes on more recent puzzles page]
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "TW"--6 April 2003:
Mr. McWhorter,

Thank you very much for your quick response. Gil Cohen is the name of the artist; I had already ruled out Stan Stokes and had run out of names. I found a gallery on the internet that hosted his art in 2001 and I am hunting down his limited edition prints through them. I also came across a question on your website from someone who was looking for the Mission Regensburg puzzle from F.X. Schmid. You can let them know that the San Jose Jet Center is currently advertising that one on their website.
Thanks for your help!
"TW"
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from Jim McW--7 April 2003:
[Nancy Ballhagen also wrote in to say that she thought Gil Cohen was the artist for this puzzle. ]
Thanks,
Jim McW
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