Questions

&
Answers......Page 68

puzzlehistory.com
Click on small images to see larger images.
Click on the "BACK" button to return.
ESCAPE FROM FRAMES

[1027]from "EF"-10 June 2003:
I recently found this old puzzle. The box is battered but it is a TUCO. What is the name of it? When did it come out?
Prize Pair"Prize Pair", TUCO, ADVANCED CHILDREN'S.
Thanks.
"EF"
***************
from Jim McW--19 June 2003:

See a similar Child's Tuco, on our Tuco Themes and Series page.:
Prize Pair"Prize Pair", TUCO, ADVANCED CHILDREN'S.
Your puzzle may bear (on the end of the boxtop) the titles in the series of which it is a part. We believe it was published in the late 1950's or early 1960's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1028]from "TH"-16 June 2003:
Hello --

I purchased 2 puzzles at an estate auction this past weekend. One was the woman with the poppies (??) as seen in the picture on your website. The other was a small boy on a scooter with a dog running beside him. The small boy puzzle had a date of 1933 on the lower left hand corner. Both are in the original packaging and have never even been broken apart. What can you tell me??

Thank you,

"TH"
***************
from Jim McW--19 June 2003:

You refer to a puzzle on our PROMOTIONAL PUZZLES page.:
"Kellogg's for Crispness", KELLOGG'STM1933.
These are great, old promotional puzzles which came out, apparently, during the great jigsaw puzzle craze of the 1930's. We would love to post a picture of them, so that others in the puzzling community can enjoy them.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1029]from "KP"-18 June 2003:
I am interested in assembling puzzles for other people. Where would I go to let people know I would assemble puzzles for pay? I even frame puzzles I have done in the past. Thanks.
"KP"
***************
from Jim McW--19 June 2003:

It is uncommon for people to find work as paid puzzle-assemblers. I'm not saying it's impossible, but probably very rare. If I understand the nature of such work, it would,as a practical necessity, require that the two parties reside in the same geographic area (otherwise, the shipping of the assembled puzzle would be expensive and problematic). So, perhaps, a classified ad in a local paper....?
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1030]from "GV"-19 June 2003:
Can you tell me anything about the Big star Puzzle maker. I have several puzzles. the only information is: Big Star Jig-Saw Type Picture Puzzle.
One of them is named "Home Seekers". They are 10 by 13 1/2 size, with interlocking over 250 pieces. They were made in the USA.
Each box has a number on it.
For the above it say"No.1010"

Any information would be great.
Thanks
"GV"
***************
from Jim McW--19 June 2003:

These were produced in the 1930's and, we suspect, the early 1940's. See our BIG STAR page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1031]from "LB"-26 June 2003:
Hello. My name is _________, and I live in Brazil. Decent jigsaw puzzles are few and far between here, and I always wind up breaking them apart and putting them away after I'm done because the material required to mount them does not exist in Brazil. Do you know of any substitue for puzzle glue? Someone once told me that clear varnish is ok to use (on the front of the puzzle) but I really don't want to try it without a second opinion.
Thanks
"LB"
***************
from Jim McW--7 July 2003:

See our LINKS page for links to puzzle web stores, at least one or two of which sell internationally. Some stores sell puzzle glue separately, too.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1032]from "MZ"-26 June 2003:
I have a picture of the ANGELUS 16 X 13 , which is in very dull colors of blck , beige and orange...can you tell me what this is? The man and woman are standing in prayer. I have had it for many years and would love to know the details of it..... It is a picture of a man and woman praying in a field. The man is standing with his hat in hand and the woman is tilted in prayer. Beside her is a wheelbarrow, and to her side is basket of food.This is very interesting, and would like to know more about it...can you help me?
Thanks.....
"MZ"
***************
from Jim McW--7 July 2003:

The Angelus"The Angelus"
This painting was used for several puzzles, especially in the 1930's or 1940's, including a TUCO and a Five Star puzzle. Webster's says that the angelus is "a prayer said at morning, noon, and evening in commemoration of the Incarnation". If anyone knows the artist's name, please let us know.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
from Jim McW--28 August 2003:

I just checked Sterling Mason's book, Tuco Puzzles: 1932-1957, and he lists Millet as the artist for this work.
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1033]from "AR"-28 June 2003:
Hi there,

I have an old puzzle left to me by my grandparents and I'm trying to find out more information about it. It's a Deluxe Picture Puzzle made by TUCO and its title is, "Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg". The pieces are not interlocking, they are smooth cut and simply lie next to each other.

If you have any information on this puzzle I would greatly appreciate it, I am very curious as to how old it is.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

Sincerely,
"AR"
***************
from Jim McW--8 July 2003:
TUCO produced jigsaw puzzles from 1932 to 1983. Your puzzle was probably published in the 1930's or 1940's, when TUCO puzzles were "push-fit", or non-interlocking. Learn more about your puzzle and other TUCO puzzles in our TUCO Section. You may be able to narrow the range of years in which your puzzle was issued by comparing the box with those depicted on the Dating TUCO Puzzles page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1034]from "MS"-30 June 2003:
I have just found this site and I'm wondering if someone could answer a question? I used to purchase Springbok puzzles at a Hallmark store and then I moved to a town without one. When I returned to my former place of residence they no longer were selling them. Is there someplace else I can buy them or are they no longer making new puzzles?
Thanks
"MS"
***************
from Jim McW--8 July 2003:
SPRINGBOK is now published by a different company. We believe that some larger HALLMARK stores still carry some SPRINGBOK puzzles, but many of the smaller stores do not, apparently. In any case, there is at least one on-line source for these puzzles. See the link for Nancy Ballhagen's Puzzles on our our LINKS page. While you're there, check out some of the many other links, for on-line puzzle stores, information about jigsaw puzzles, etc.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1035]from "M30"-30 June 2003:
To whom this may concern...

Hello. My name is _______. I also when I was young had the puzzle the Citadel. I did finish it, but of course growing up you lose things. Would there be any way that I can locate this puzzle somewhere, maybe somebody would sell it somewhere.
Maybe a seller online?? I am from ________, Pa. If you can help me locate this I would be very appreciative.
"M30"
***************
from Jim McW--9 July 2003:
You are probably referring to no. 745, Page 52. We don't recall ever seeing this puzzle on the vintage jigsaw puzzle market. Does anyone know of one for sale?
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1036]from "RL"-1 July 2003:
title/monmartre--series 203 /no.4610
I would like to know what year this is from and anything else you can tell me about it. I am trying to find out this for a friend. I would appreciate any help. Thank you very much.
"RL"
***************
from Jim McW--9 July 2003:
You have told us very little about the puzzle, so we don't even know what brand it is!
However, it sounds as though it is a WHITMAN puzzle, probably a GUILD, and possibly from the 1950's or 1960's. See if it is similar at all to one of the puzzles depicted in Q&A No. 730, Page 51. There were also similarly titled puzzles made by TUCO, JAYMAR, WHITMAN GOLD SEAL, and other companies.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1037]from "RF"-9 July 2003:
Hello! I have an old (1930s?) Chatham Jig Picture Puzzle. The title is A Carpenter Shop in Nazareth. The box is grayish white (quite aged), with blue print. The photo is in the upper left hand corner in black and white, although the actual puzzle is in color. It was made in the US, no. 4730. Would you have any idea how old this puzzle is and its value?
Thanks so much for your help.
I was thrilled to find your site, as I have many old puzzles and this will help greatly!
"RF"
***************
from Jim McW--22 July 2003:
According to Anne Williams' Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, Chatham puzzles were produced in the late 1930's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1038]from "VT"-13 July 2003:
I have an old puzzle:
Three Little Pigs"Three Little Pigs Picture Puzzle" in original box containing two puzzles - 1 is of the pigs in the the brick house and 2 -wood house. I believe the straw house puzzle may be missing from the box. Manuf. by Whitman Publishing-Racine, WI. NO. 3974 Made in U.S.A. The piece are in different shapes (cats, circles, flowers. I would like an idea of when this was made and if there was in fact a third puzzle included in this set.
"VT"
***************
from Jim McW--22 July 2003:
I would guess the 1940's to early 1950's. Anyone have any additional ideas or information?
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1039]from "LD"-14 July 2003:
I WAS JUST WONDERING, DOES ANYBODY MAKE JOHN WAYNE PUZZLES? IF SO PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH
"LD"
***************
from Jim McW--22 July 2003:
I can only suggest that you browse through the on-line jigsaw puzzle stores on our LINKS page.
Does anybody know of a puzzle or puzzles which depict John Wayne? If so, please write to us.
Thanks,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1040]from "AL"-14 July 2003:
Dear Jim,
how are you... I'm suffering in the heat .

Sent some pictures of an old Puzzle from 1968 and info from the box.
Run-A-Bouts - box[box] Run-A-Bouts - artist info[artist info] Run-A-Bouts"Run-A-Bouts Antique Autos", SPRINGBOKTM, 1968, by Bob Pettes. Some pieces were missing, but it's a cool puzzle.

Kindest regards

"AL"
Sweden

Sorry about the bad quality... it's just a simple camera...
***************
from Jim McW--22 July 2003:
The pictures look great to us!
Thanks for sharing them with everyone,
Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1041]from "J43"-7 July 2003:
How many pieces are in the Wysocki Mosaic series 4290-6?
"J43"
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1042]from "BPE"-17 July 2003:
Hi, I am looking for an old Nathan Puzzle, it is 6000 piece called 'The Babel Tower', illustrated by Gabor Szittya. I think it is from 1992 or 1993.
Can you help me find something about it?

many thanks
"BPE"
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1043]from "DT"-17 July 2003:
Hi, I'm Looking for a replacement puzzle for a puzzle called The Golden Wood.
The box I have says it's a Panorama 750 fully interlocking piece puzzle . It has a picture of ladies in midevel dress walking in the woods. The name in the corner says "The Golden Wood". Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
"DT"
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1044]from "R"-19 July 2003:
hi, i have a tuco interlocking picture puzzle it says tuco the original. It was made in usa lockport, new york. Subject is "in new forest shades". It has horses on it, series no 5980-H. It is in original box. it also says 350-400 pieces. Can you give me an idea on what the age of this is and the value? thank you very much!
"R"
***************
from Jim McW--26 July 2003:
We are not familiar with this particular title, but we would guess that this is from the Superb Series and that it was issued in the 1950's. Its value depends on many different factors (see our FAQ page). In any case, there isn't a set value for old puzzles, other than the certain value of the enjoyment they can provide!
Thanks, Jim McW
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1045]from "MS"-21 July 2003:
RE: August Albo, no. 1026, Page 67, no. 949, Page 63, no. 916, Page 61, no. 897, Page 60, no. 863, Page 59, no. 833, Page 58, no. 801, Page 55, no. 676, Page 47, no. 70, and Page 6.
I found the site and saw that others were looking for more information on the print "Free as the Wind". I too found mine at a swap meet. Mine even has the signed signature again in ink at the bottom. I too have found no information on the artist but I hope someone will eventually help us out. My home is all Western and the picture goes well no matter what!
"MS"
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

[1046]from "DWS"-25 July 2003:
There were (this is about 1965 or a little later, i think) some puzzles that came in a plastic case with a clear lid (about 4" X 5") in which each piece was a complete figure ( a lady holding a clock, a man talking on a phone at a desk, a dog with a nosebleed (!), various strange creatures) and the borders were not regular and even. There was, included with this, a "clue sheet" that had quotes from the different creatures/characters in the puzzle which gave you hints as to how they fit together. When the puzzle was assembled, each piece fit seamlessly into the collage rather like some of the M.C. Escher prints where complete disparate figures interlock perfectly. I remember this puzzle as being very interesting, bizarre, unusual (pick your word...) and to my young mind (at the time) unique and engrossing. I would love to know what the puzzles were called (I seem to recall a silly name like Doodles - but that's not getting me anywhere) and if they are still available. I also remember that we had two of them, but I have no idea what's become of them. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

"DWS"
***************
from Jim McW--26 July 2003:
Schmuzzles, maybe?
Anybody have any other ideas? If so, write in!
Thanks, Jim McW
***************
from "DWS"--28 July 2003:
Schmuzzles isn't it, but a very good try. Though the schmuzzles fit together in MC Escher shapes, each piece does not contain a complete picture (ie. one picture per puzzle piece)...this is gonna drive me crazy until I find it out.....thanks for any help you can give.
***************
from Anne Williams--29 July 2003:
These were the "Cluster Puzzles" made by Cadaco in the 1970s.
There were at least 5 titles: Figments, Animals, Doodles, Sports, Make-Up.
DWS's memory is great -- this was indeed "Doodles".
Cluster puzzles turn up for sale occasionally on internet auction sites.
Anne Williams. puzzles@bates.edu
******************************
from "KP"--31 July 2003:
Anne Williams is correct. The Doodles puzzle is one of the six titles in the "Jumble-Fits" / "Cluster Puzzle" series of puzzles marketed by Cadaco starting in 1966. (The only title Anne missed above is "Whimsies".) A seventh, larger "Story Puzzle" was also introduced in 1967 titled "The Amazing Discovery of Alec Zandimer Plerp". (A.Z. Plerp is the character talking on the phone and "doodling", mentioned above.) Each of the puzzles were supplied with a humorous "hint-card" that aided in finding proper placement of the pieces.

The subject of these puzzles is particularly dear to me, as my father is the inventor, artist and designer that created them. Dad is now 82.

As it happens, my sister (a graphic artist) and I are currently working on a book documenting the story of Cluster Puzzle development. A website, http://www.azplerp.com , is also in its infancy.

I'd be happy to correspond with anyone having or seeking information about these unique items.

"KP" info@azplerp.com
***************
Respond or comment (note inquiry number)

This is PAGE SIXTY-EIGHT of the Questions and Answers section of puzzlehistory.com.

Chris McCann's book,Master Pieces: the Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles.

   BACK to last TOUR Page

   Next TOUR Page

Copyright 2000-2010 puzzlehistory.com. All rights reserved.
Designated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners.