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ESCAPE FROM FRAMES

[989]from "AZ"-26 April 2003:
I am looking for jigsaw puzzles that I can complete and frame for the walls in my Southwest home in AZ. I would like desert scenes, animals of the desert, and sunsets, mesa mtns etc. Have any ideas of where I can purchase some?
"AZ"
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There has been many puzzles devoted to southwestern themes over the years. Here's just a few titles, some of which you can see by doing a search for the key word on our SEARCH page.:
Mustangs Running
Home on the Range
Across Western Prairies
"Desert In Bloom"
Bristle Cone Pine
Grand Canyon
Red Rock Canyon
Hissing Hondas
Claret Cup Cactus
Palomino
Cochiti Cowgirl
Coronado's Men Discover the Grand Canyon (1540)
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona
Sedona, Arizona
Tlaquepaque Village, Sedona, Arizona
Monument Valley, Arizona
The Buffalo Hunt On The Southwestern Prairies
Song Of The Southwest
...and many more....
We have some of these older puzzles, and you may find other puzzles with western or southwestern themes in the on-line jigsaw puzzle stores listed on our LINKS page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--1 May 2003:
Hi Jim,
Here are a few ideas for AZ # 989. There are a few Southwest puzzles on our web page, on the Cowboy and Native American page, a Coyote shaped one on the "Shaped" page, Some cactus under Springbok, and Tessles, and a neat one on the Quilt page. There are also some great Bev Doolittle ones including 3 new ones just in today.
I am a big Unicorn and Dragon/Fantasy fan and we got some really great ones in today. Also got some very nice bird puzzles for the bird fans.
Nancy
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[990]from "PM"-28 April 2003:
RE: Page 38, no. 532, Penelope puzzles

Hi Jim

I'm just writing a few lines on these for the BCD macazine in England. These puzzles are made in Switzerland, the town of Aigle, to be precise. I understand they are manufactured in sheltered workshops by people with disabilities. The puzzles are still produced today, and their children's jigsaw puzzles (about 100 pieces) and 3 dimensional wooden puzzles are available in shops in Europe. The history of the company is still under research.

I have one or two early examples in my own collection of maps, and a very intricately cut adult puzzle of humming birds - at a guess, these date from the 1940s.
"PM"
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[991]from "BB"-27 April 2003:
I am looking for a jigsaw puzzle by Norman Rockwell called Tom Boy. There is a puzzle piece missing from mine, and I would like to frame it.
"BB"
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[992]from "K29"-29 April 2003:
Hello-

I am searching for a few puzzles for my grandfather. He is looking for puzzles in which the photographer is Derek Fells. The names of the photographs are as follows:

Monet's Bridge
Monet's Waterlillies
Monet's Bamboo Garden
Monet's Flower Garden
Monet's Water Irises

Thank you for your assistance in locating these puzzles!
"K29"
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[993]from "RM"-2 May 2003:
I am looking for a jigsaw puzzle entitled the throne. I was sure it was by artist Ron Dicianni or someone who does art like him . Can't find it anywhere but I know I saw it not 6 months ago at Hobby Lobby and at family christian store
"RM"
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[994]from "RJD"-2 May 2003:
RE: # 882-Cat in Heronim Cider Time puzzle
I just found this website through Google, because I, too, have been frustrated to death by this puzzle! I have gone over it piece by piece and still have been unable to find the cat. I have 3 other Heronim puzzles, and the cats are readily visible on the small cover picture, but no luck with Cider Time! I'd love to know the answer too.
"RJD- Wilmington, MA"
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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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[995]from "DG"-1 May 2003:
Years ago I was given a puzzle of a World War I dogfight. The puzzle and box was octagon in shape. The puzzle was glued together. I have attempted over the years to find the puzzle again. Any ideas who published this puzzle and where I may be able to find one that is still workable? I may be able to get more information about the puzzle off the puzzle it self and will include the additional details in a 2nd email.
Thank you,
"DG"
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This sounds like the old SPRINGBOKTM puzzle: Fighter Planes - WW I"Fighter Planes - World War I", PZL8017, 1968.
We may have one in our collection, but, in any case, they show up on the market every once in a while.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[996]from "YG"-16 March 2003:
Hello,

I am looking for a certain puzzle in particular. It is of a man holding a fishing pole and small line of fish in one hand and cash in the other trying to purchase from a boy his large line of fish. The boy is holding an old stick he used to catch the fish and his dog is sitting there looking at him like you better not sell those fish. It is important that I find this and I hope you have seen it. I believe it was also a picture on an old calendar so could be a famous painting.

Thank you,
"YG"
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from Jim McW--9 May 2003:
The answer is No Sale"No Sale", by Frances Tipton Hunter.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Anne Williams--5 August 2004:
There are also several puzzles with pictures by Hy Hintermeister on the same theme, usually with a plump elderly fisherman, all decked out in fancy fishing clothes and other gear, looking over his shoulder furtively while he exchanges money with successful young barefoot fisherman.
Anne Williams. puzzles@bates.edu
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from "JA"-- 10 May 2008:
[I'm] trying to get a puzzle of a man trying to buy fish, by Francis Tipton Hunter.
Also, what time did the original print come about? Was it originally a print or was it a calender?
"JA", South Carolina
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from Jim McW-- 11 May 2008:
My grandfather had a framed print of this picture in his house. It was a favorite of mine when I was a very little boy. When I became fascinated with jigsaw puzzles, that was one of the subjects I looked for. I don't think I've ever been lucky enough to find the puzzle, but I did find a framed print, finally, which I still have.
I was a little surprised to learn from Anne Williams (above) that Hunter did more than one version of this subject. Does anyone have photos of this or other versions they can share with us?
As for which came first, the print or the calendar, such artwork was often handled by lithographers. We assume there was some sort of commission arrangement, for the artist to receive some portion of the proceeds from the marketing of the work. Some of the commonly encountered lithographers are (or were) BROWN & BIGELOW, LOUIS F. DOW, and GOES.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[997]from "GN"-9 May 2003:
Gorgeous Wonderland"Gorgeous Wonderland"
We are interested in the origin of the picture on this puzzle. We have seen it as a framed picture but cannot make out the artist name. We would like to find copies of the picture in any format.
"GN"
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[998]from "JS"-5 May 2003:
What a great web-site you have. I love going there and seeing all the wonderful puzzles you have. It has been a great help to my whole family researching some of our puzzles. We all LOVE puzzles. I just bought 3 Jaymar puzzles (series #228) that I could not find any information on; they are all 500 pc Saturday Evening Post covers dated l961,1950,and 1958. The finished size of the puzzle is 18 x 13. No dates on boxes but do have any early Kmart or SSKressge price tag on them. Have not had a chance to put them together yet so don't know if they are complete. Do you have any information on these puzzles?
Would gladly appreciate any help you could give me. Thank You,
"JS"
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from Jim McW--14 May 2003:
All these puzzles based on covers of old magazines, including Saturday Evening Post, are very popular. There was one which depicted a young boy emptying all the pockets of all the guests' coats, while the adults were busy at their party in the next room. Another, from March 1950, featured kids flying kites: kite-flyingkite-flying, unknown title, JAYMARTM.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[999]from "DC"-6 May 2003:
I would like to know if there is a puzzle made from the painting "Our Flag" by Fred Tripp, if so, where can it be purchased? Also, am still hoping someone has "The Drying room at Herb Farm" for sale (#967)
Thanks,
"DC"
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from Jim McW--14 May 2003:
Has anyone heard of either of these puzzles, especially of their being for sale?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1000]from Lisa-13 May 2003:

Hi,
I started working on puzzles when my father died. I found it very soothing and relaxing, just sitting down with a cup of tea and a big puzzle in front of me. I could think and talk when working on my puzzle, and the feeling afterwards was great - I felt like I had slept for a while and that I had gained some strength. I still enjoy puzzles and I find it as useful as meditation. I just love listening to my favourite music while working, it is really great. Some of my friends are also into puzzles and it is hard to keep them away from it when they visit me. Unfortunately, here in Sweden where I live we donīt have as many interesting and beautiful jigsaw puzzles as "over there". So I have to be happy with the Swedish royal family and the blue waters of Stockholm. If anyone knows a good jigsaw puzzle shop in Sweden I would be grateful.
Love, Lisa.
"DC"
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from Jim McW--14 May 2003:
This is not the first time we have heard of difficulty finding good puzzles in Sweden. Has anyone any suggestions for puzzlers in Sweden for obtaining a wider variety of puzzles?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1001]from "GY"-14 May 2003:
Hello! I bought an old Guild Picture Puzzle at a yard sale and I cannot find any info on it. I wonder if you might be able to help? The title is Forest Rangers in Action and it is from Series "T"...No.2900. Made in the USA Whitman Publishing Company. Over 300 pieces. I counted and there are 327 pieces, some being really neat shapes like a duck, an airplane (actually, it looks more like pilots wings or something similar to that), a bell, a schoolhouse or church, and numerous round pieces. All of the pieces are in great shape and the box is not ripped or taped...just rough around the edges and corners.
If you have any info on this or even a year produced I would really appreciate it!
Thank You for your time,
Sincerely,
"GY"
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from Jim McW--22 May 2003:

We are aware of the following old puzzle (1940's or 1950's?): Forest Rangers in Action"Forest Rangers in Action", MILTON BRADLEY BIG BENTM. Is it the same picture as that in your puzzle? Yours sounds as though it is from the same time period.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1002]from "RL"-18 May 2003:
I am writing to request any information that you might have regarding a puzzle that my Grandmother gave to me. It is a 1930's Picture Puzzle made by Viking co. in Boston Mass. On the box it says series A-7 (Modern Santa) and the pieces are not interlocking and I haven't tried to put it together. Thank-you for your time
"RL"
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from Jim McW--22 May 2003:

Here's a picture: Modern Santa"Modern Santa". It is a very desirable, old puzzle, especially if the box and puzzle are complete and in fine condition.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1003]from "CB"-19 May 2003:
I don't know the title of the puzzle picture... but the picture shows a place called Betsy's Chocolates.... there is a home with a small boat in the front yard....there's also a sailboat and a light house. If you could help me with the title, I'd be very grateful!
Thank You
"CB"
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from Jim McW--22 May 2003:

Try Pickwick Cottage"Pickwick Cottage", © 1991 AMCAL, by MILTON BRADLEYTM.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1004]from "JU"-19 May 2003:
Hello and thanks for a fantastic site! I have a Tuco religious puzzle that is supposed to be apart of the series of 18. However, it is not listed in the list and pictures you have. It is entitled "Christ Chases The Money Changers". Any thoughts? Your help is greatly appreciated.
Best wishes.
"JU"
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from Jim McW--22 May 2003:

Thanks for the kind words and for reminding us of this one:
Christ and the Money Changers"Christ and the Money Changers", TUCO.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1005]from "DW"-20 May 2003:
I have a "JIG-SAW Picture Puzzle" by Parker Bros., titled "Drifting". No date, but is wood with 308 non-interlocking pieces.
Driftingtop of the box
I do not see this specific line listed under your description for Parker Bros. products.
Can you shed any light on this?
Thanks for your time!
"DW"
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from Jim McW--22 May 2003:

Very simply, we can only hope to "scratch the surface", in trying to cover the vast number of jigsaw puzzle makers over the last 100 years or more, much less every series, although we are trying! People, such as yourself, who send us photos of the puzzles in your collections are of the greatest assistance in this effort to expand our coverage. Those who are seeking much deeper introduction to the history of puzzles may want to consult some of the links on our LINKS page. You can delve even deeper by reading the books which we have listed there (some of which we have limited numbers in stock).
P.S. Sounds like a great puzzle! We would love to share a picture of the puzzle with our community, if you get a chance to send it.
Thanks very much,
Jim McW
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from "DW"--28 May 2003:
You indicate a date probably from 30's or 40's, yet the subject sets two characters in Gibson Girl era which ended in 1910. Is it likely that a 30's/40's puzzle subject would be "retro"? If so, is that a common practice?
Drifting"Drifting", PARKER BROS.TM
Here is the assembled puzzle. Although it is a 308 piece puzzle, you can see that one is missing. :-(
It was a diabolical puzzle to assemble, but an interesting image: the canoe adrift while macho man is focused on her. It is very telling that she keeps a tight hold on the paddle! :-)
Still think it is 30's-40's?
Appreciatively,
"DW"
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from Jim McW--2 June 2003:

We still believe it probably dates to the 1930's, or possibly even slightly later. The Victorian and Edwardian periods still find their enthusiasts, and they must have done so in earlier decades, as well.
What intrigues me is the meaning of the title. Is the canoe drifting away? Will they be stranded? Is her mind drifting?
Thanks for sharing the puzzle with us,
Jim McW
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[1006]from "CR"-21 May 2003:
title I know that these pictures aren't the best, considering the only thing I am able to take them with is my web cam. but let me start out by telling you a little bit about this item. I acquired it at a yard sale for $10.00. It is a jigsaw puzzle in a coffee can style container that has never been opened. it reads"airship columbia, flies over the rose bowl". I'm not sure if the picture is about the goodyear blimp or the 1976 rose bowl game between Ohio state buckeyes and ucla. It is an 11" X 17", 300 piece puzzle. and was produced by America premium corporation in Watertown mass. 02172. I am not interested in selling it but i would at least rather have some kind of information about it. I have had no luck finding anything out about it anywhere. So, if you might think you know something about it or could at least point me in the right direction for help, I would greatly appreciate it.

thank you,
"CR"
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from Jim McW--22 May 2003:

Does anyone recognize this puzzle or know anything about it? Please let us know if you do.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1007]from "Y9000"-22 May 2003:
Hello!

I see Your site first time but I must admit I like it. I found few interesting information here. Maybe You or someone can help with my problem - I search for quite big puzzle - 9000 pieces with picture of "Tower of Babel" (not the same as on Your site). [One web store said] that I can't buy this puzzle because it has been discontinued.
It's a pity because I promised this one to someone, and I really don't want to let him down.
Maybe someone bought this puzzle before and doesn't need it now?
I would willingly buy it from such a helpful person.

TIA
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"Y9000"

Ps: Sorry for my English.
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from Jim McW--22 May 2003:
Thanks for the kind words. Other than suggesting that you look through all the jigsaw puzzle webstores on our LINKS page, I can only hope that someone will write in to tell us they have one. (And, by the way, your English is excellent!)
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1008]from "ST"-21 May 2003:
I am looking for The Rainbow Works or Whitman Guild puzzle showing buildings with the reflections on the Mill Pond in Londonderry Vermont. They are 500 piece puzzles. Can anyone locate one for me? Thank you
"ST"
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from Jim McW--22 May 2003:
Does anyone have this puzzle?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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