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[1047]from "JM"-23 July 2003:
Tom, Tom and Peter, Petertwo puzzles, "Tom, Tom, the piper's son..." and "Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater...", by Ruth E. Newton, unknown maker.
I Have four of these puzzles, fully intact with the bag that they oringinally came in. I clear coated two of them to hang on my walls, I know they are old but i guessed around the late 40's. If you can see on my picture they are all signed by Ruth E. Newton. Any ideas on value? Thanks,

"JM"
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from Jim McW--27 July 2003:
We can't tell you much more than you already know. I agree that they are probably from the 1930's or 1940's.
Anybody have any other ideas or information? If so, write in!
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[1048]from "A9"-27 July 2003:
I have a painting of Free as the Wind but I don't know any thing about it. It has the name of the artist,his date of birth and death also on the back and the name of the painting itself. Can some one tell me what I have. Is it by him or a print or what. It has writing in left hand bottom D.A.C. N.Y. no.407 Published for Creative Manor Galleries.
"A9"
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from Jim McW--29 July 2003:
If you will do a search on our site for " albo ", you will find some protracted discussion concerning this artist. We are still trying to learn more about him. (Or, you can go directly to No. 1026, Page 67 )
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from Jim McW--29 July 2003:
Or, I guess you could go to no. 1045 (Page 68) !
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from Jim McW--4 August 2005:
We now suspect that the initials stand for " Donald Art Company, NY"
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Jim McW
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[1049]from "MW"-28 July 2003:
RE: [728]from "Grandma"-20 September 2002
Yellow Bird"Yellow Bird", MILTON BRADLEY "OLD MASTERS"TM, [1960's or 1970's?]
I have this puzzle!
"MW"
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[1050]from "MS"-28 July 2003:
RE: [645], Page 45
Dear JJB,

I also have about 5 of these puzzles from the same era. Mine are of an airplane Hangar, two ducks,Elephants, the Three Little Kittens, Little Red Riding Hood and a tractor. You are so right about the complexity of them!! They are great. Have you any idea if they are worth any money. Mine are in Pretty good shape.
"MS"
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[1051]from "SMR"-28 July 2003:
RE: [480], Page 34, Sign Forest, Watson Lake
I don't know if you got a response to this question yet, but the manufacturer of the puzzle is Milton Bradley, and dated 1995. My grandson lost a piece to my puzzle and I just found this site while exploring the possibility of how to replace the puzzle/piece.
"SMR"
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[1052]from "kasia"-30 July 2003:
RE: Record-Breaking Puzzles
Here are some puzzles in my collection:
Creation of Adam
"Creation of Adam"
, by RAVENSBURGERTM
2 Mucha puzzles2 Mucha puzzles
four puzzles, from works of Alfons Mucha
bombardowanie Algieru
"bombardowanie Algieru"
[Bombardment of Algeria]
bridge
"bridge"

lady with parasol
"lady with parasol"

martwa natura recznie malowana
"martwa natura recznie malowana"
title?, [still life]
obiad
"obiad"
[prayer or blessing]
"kasia"
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[1053]from "JSB"-30 July 2003:
RE: no. 216, Page 15
Hello:

The John Drescher Company, NY also produces Calendar Prints and Prints. I would imagine most of their puzzles produced come from the original prints they have available to them. Take care.

I currently have a print by John Drescher Company of an Indian & Horse Overlooking The Horizon; the print resembles Maxfield Parrish and Remington's work?

Thanks,
"JSB"
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[1054]from "MD"-5 August 2003:
Hello!
I just bought a Tuco puzzle that I have some questions about. I searched your VERY interesting site and found that the picture is called "The Storm" and it depicts Jesus with the disciples on the sea of Galilee. I saw the same picture on your site, but the box looks entirely different.
The Storm
"The Storm"
, by Anton Dietrich, made by TUCO.
The picture is one that was placed on the box top. The box has someone's name written on it with 1947 behind it. I'm wondering if that is an accurate date and whether this puzzle is worth anything to anyone but me! I have attached a picture of the box to this email. Thanks so much for any help you can give.
"MD"
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from Jim McW--6 August 2003:
These two puzzles are both from the same painting, and we suspect that yours is slightly older than the one pictured on our site. The dates of issue we have for the various TUCO box styles is only approximate. The box for your puzzle is evidently in somewhat poor shape, but most TUCO puzzles hold their condition much better than the boxes they came in. There is no "set" value, but, if complete, it probably would usually sell for about $15 or less, with the box in that condition. It really is a great, old picture, though.
Thanks for sharing it with the puzzling community, Jim McW
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[1055]from "Z4"-9 June 2003:
I'm not sure how to go about this but I saw on you website that you had a picture of the puzzle: House of Seven Gables. I have been searching for that puzzle for my grandmother for years as it has sentimental value, and I was just wondering if you would know where I can buy that puzzle or how many of that puzzle are out there. Thank you very much for your time. I appreciated it. Thanks again!
"Z4"
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from Jim McW--8 August 2003:
I think we have only one copy of this title:
The House of Seven Gables
"The House of Seven Gables"
[unknown maker, 1930-40's]
See No. 671, Page 47, for a Royston version of this title. We have also seen this picture used for a Puz-Ler Jig (1930's), and a somewhat similar one for a Big Ten (also probably the 1930's). Here's a picture of a similar TUCO, also from the 1930's.:
The House of Seven Gables
"The House of Seven Gables"

We would not be surprised to discover numerous other versions of this beautiful puzzle.
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[1056]from "JM"-10 August 2003:
RE: no. 717, Page 50:
My mother-in -law has a framed print of the original "Double Trouble". It is by Frances Tipton Hunter of Philadelphia, and depicts a boy holding one dollar. He and his dog are sitting before a sign reading "dog license $2.00". We believe it is a calendar cover, and would like to find a good litho of the same, as it is a family favorite heirloom. Any help appreciated. A high-definition digital image would be great.
"JM"
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from Jim McW--12 August 2003:
Here's the picture again,
Double Trouble"Double Trouble", made by TUCO, [c.1948-1957].
but we don't have a high-definition image, unfortunately.
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[1057]from "DB"-11 August 2003:
I am looking for a puzzle titled "Hand in Hand" designed by Kevin Daniel . Our dog chewed a piece and we are having a hard time finding it again. The puzzle was originally bought at a Wal-Mart in Pensacola, FL.

The puzzle was a gift for our daughter from her boyfriend, and we would really like to replace it.

If you can be of assistance in this matter, we would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you
"DB"
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[1058]from "AH"-12 August 2003:
Dear Sirs,
some time ago I managed to acquire a very exciting puzzle, Waddington's Progress jig-saw featuring Gerry Anderson's U.K.TV series Stingray. The puzzle dates from 1964, has "over 500 pieces", or to be more precise, Vari-Pieces. Design number is 921.

I would be very interested in knowing whether this Progress series featured any other TV or film-related themes, and how many different items were there in this series.

Sincerely yours,

"AH"
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from Jim McW--12 August 2003:
We're aware of the Progress series of WADDINGTON'S, but we have only seen one title that we remember: "The Story of Oil, Gulf Corporation". We have seen two or three puzzles which were based on the same TV show, but none from the "Progress" series. Can anyone tell us more about this series ( or about jigsaw puzzles based on the "Stingray" TV Series )?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Keith--18 August 2003:
Hi Jim,
I have two Progress Puzzles " The Story of Oil ", Des. No. 912, and the " The Story of BOAC VC 10 ", Des. No 911, I can also confirm these were Vari-Piece and 500 pieces.
Regards, Keith
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from Jim McW--27 August 2003:
We have seen an online auction of a "Thunderbirds" game. Is there any connection between that series and "Stingray" ? I remember watching a series called "Fireball X-5" when I was considerably younger. Is there any connection between any of these ?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "AH"--28 August 2003:
Hello Jim:

The common denominator of these tv series is an Englishman called Gerry Anderson, who produced several puppet (and live) action series for the children of the 1960's to cherish. We also had our share in Finland, though only the most celebrated of them all, Thunderbirds in 1967-68 and live action Space: 1999 in 1975-76. When I first begun to take a new interest on these childhood icons, I was surprised to find a true wealth of "Supermarionation" series; in addition to those that you mentioned, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, U.F.O. and many more. And I found that I am not alone, since there exists a well-established "Fanderson" in the U.K.

There are some really magnificent puzzle series connected to these series, but this Waddington Progress puzzle on Stingray seems to be a one-of-a-kind, being the only one illuminating a television-related chain of "progress" within this particular line of puzzles.
This quite early television-relatedness "behind the scenes" is an important feature for me. It would be interesting to know when television really entered the jigsaw puzzle universe, both on- and off-stage.

Give my thanks to Keith for his kind reply.

Best wishes,
"AH"
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from Barbara --30 August 2003:
Waddingtons produced several TV and film-related puzzles in the 60s. For instance they produced four 250 piece Stingray puzzles in 1964 -titles: 'On Patrol', 'Briefing at Marineville', Captives of the Aquaphibians' and 'Troy finds Marina'. Then there were four 250 piece Thunderbird puzzles produced in 1965/6. Four 250 piece Thunderbird puzzles followed in 1967 followed by four 250 piece 'Joe 90' puzzles produced in 1968. It wasn't until 1982 that they produced four 200 piece puzzles showing scenes from the Dr. Who TV programme with Peter Davidson as the Doctor.

For younger people in the 60s and 70s Waddingtons produced puzzles based upon the Clanger TV series, Babar the Elephant, Basil Brush and Sooty (all British TV programmes) as well as more modern ones.

As far as films were concerned after the Second World War Waddingtons produced two PROGRESS puzzles other than the Story of Oil and the Story of the BOAC 10. These were Design No. 921 'The Making of Stingray' (1965) - already mentioned - and Design No. 922 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines (a similar storyboard format to the Stingray puzzle) - again 1965. They also produced two other 500 piece puzzles, which were scenes from films -PREVIEW series Des. No. 931 'The Agony & the Ecstasy (1965) and 'Scenes from Dr. Zhivago'. Earlier - about 1953 - they produced a 470 piece puzzle showing a scene from 'Julius Caesar' . In 1958 they produced two 470 piece puzzles under the PREMIER series - a scene from 'A Night to Remember' and a scene from 'The Wind Cannot Read'. In 1960 under the FANFARE series label they produced a puzzle showing a scene from 'Ferry to Honkong'.
Regards, Barbara
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[1059]from "JS"-10 August 2003:
I have the puzzle sky blue waters. Can you tell me the year this puzzle was available and the value of it today?
"JS"
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from Jim McW--24 August 2003:
There were several puzzles issued in the 1930's or 1940's titled either "Sky Blue Waters" or "Land of Sky Blue Waters". There's one or two numbers issued by Tuco, of the latter title, which may have been painted by Marius Hubert-Roberts (according to Sterling Mason, TUCO PUZZLES, 1932-1957). The latest issue of a puzzle by such a title was probably "Land of the Sky Blue Waters", by Alfred James Dewey, made by Whitman in their Masterpiece series. The earliest, as far as we know, was by Big Star, titled "Sky Blue Waters", published in the 1930's or early 1940's.
We don't do appraisals. You can go to our FAQ page for a few general guidelines.
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[1060]from "J5"-13 August 2003:
I recently acqiured a Fairco picture puzzle. It has 375 interlocking pieces of heavy cardboard. It is "a beautiful picture in full color size 14x19 1/4" of guatemala market place. THE BOX IS A GOLDISH YELLOW AND PURPLE AND SAYS AN ALL-FAIR PUZZLE IN BLUE IN THE CORNER. On the side panel it says this is No. 535 E. E. Fairchild corporation, Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A. series p.
Can you tell me anything about its age or origin?
Thank you
"J5"
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from Jim McW--24 August 2003:
We are not familiar with this particular title, nor do we clearly understand the dating of the various series issued by the E.E. Fairchild company. See Anne Williams' book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide for more detailed information on this company's production.
Having said this, from the clues you give us, I will guess that your puzzle was probably issued approximately 1945-1960 (from Rochester!).
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1061]from "FH"-14 August 2003:
Hullo,

For many years I am looking for a lost jigsaw puzzle my brothers and I made some 40 years ago in our youth. We think now it was: Good Companion, nr. 115, Elephant Ride.

But I cannot find any information on this jigsaw on the net. Do you know this puzzle and if it is somewhere available?

Yours sincerely,

"FH", Netherlands
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from Jim McW--24 August 2003:
We have seen a number of Good Companion puzzles on the market. They seem to have been issued mainly in the 1940's through the 1960's. You may be able to find the puzzle in on-line auction sites or, if you can take a trip to the U.K. some time, you may find it at antique or charity shops or boot sales. We will let you know if we run across it. Good luck!
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Keith--31 August 2003:
Hello Jim,
Good Companion No. 115 is "Elephant Ride" , it seems to be one of the scarcest of the series. Holland is as good a place as any to hunt for this item as Good companion and Tower Press had huge sales there. They do come up on internet auction sites from time to time.
All "Good Companion" are now being sought after as they were the main competitors to Waddington's and important in the founding of Tower Press and the part they played in the development of the cardboard presses that today punch out 1000+ pieces. The limit was about 470 at that time.
Produced under the Art Director Fred Miller, they were notable for their quality and variety.

Regards,
Keith
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[1062]from "AK"-15 August 2003:
Hello,
Maybe someone at this website could help me locate a Whitman puzzle #4777-42 entitled "Italian Village" published by Western Publishing Company. (I am assuming it is old.)
Also, after viewing your website, I would like to ask how one finds/purchases the puzzles pictured - specifically The Crown Series' "French Cafe". Thank you.
"AK"
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from Jim McW--24 August 2003:
Our impression is that "Italian Village" was probably published no earlier than the 1960's and perhaps somewhat later. We do not have one.

Your other question gives us an opportunity to address a common misunderstanding about our site. We provide this website as a service to those interested in jigsaw puzzles, especially vintage puzzles. We do this in our spare time, primarily as collectors ourselves. Most of the pictures of puzzles on our site have been provided by other collectors around the world, but some are from our own collection. We do sell off some of our puzzles, to make room for new acquisitions, so feel welcome to write to us and ask about puzzles you want to buy. Our mailing address is at the bottom of every Q&A page, and our e-mail address is easy to find on any page on the site.
HOWEVER, please be patient. We are always behind in our correspondence and site maintenance, so it may take two or three weeks, or longer, sometimes.
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[1063]from "TS"-16 August 2003:
We just acquired a complete "Friendly and Faithful" TUCO puzzle at our neighbor's garage sale. Do you happen to know the date of production?
Thank you.
"TS"
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from Jim McW--27 August 2003:
The only one with which we are familiar was probably issued in the late 1950's or 1960's.
Friendly and Faithful"Friendly and Faithful", TUCO, Advanced Children's Puzzle.

Thanks, Jim McW
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