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[1079]from "AT"-25 August 2003:
Hello,
I have found a puzzle by "Fine Arts Picture Puzzle" with Over 500 pieces Interlocking size 20"x16" title "THE OLD LANDMARK", it was made in U.S.A.
The price tag on it is from The Griswold Co., Warren, Ohio.
Can you please give me any information about this puzzle.
This is not the only one I have. The second one is from "The TUCO Work Shops,Incorporated" from Lockport, New York. Interlocking TV series 2908 Picture Puzzle.
Program was: GORGEOUS AUTUMN".
The third one is "Perfect Picture Puzzle," number 250 "First Scent."
I would like to know more about them.
Thanks
"AT"
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from Jim McW--15 October 2003:
We have been distracted from answering questions the last few weeks, but we will now try to catch up!
A number of different "Fine Arts" series have been published over the last 70 years or more (by WHITMAN, SAALFIELD, TRANSOGRAM, FALCON, The Muddle, Tuco, and some others). We're not sure which line your puzzle is from, but we're not familiar with it. We have seen this one: The Old Landmark"The Old Landmark", PERFECT PICTURE.
As for "Gorgeous Autumn", we have seen a puzzle of the same title in Tuco's Gift Series, which should be from the same era, probably 1950's or a bit later.
We have not seen "First Scent".
You can gather a little general information about Tuco and Perfect Picture in those sections of our site.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1080]from "J30"-30 August 2003:
RE: Ottenfeld, no. 362, Page 26 and no. 975, Page 64
I am also looking for information on this artist if you happen to find out where I can obtain more info, I would appreciate it. I have an exact painting of the puzzle that is mentioned here.
Thank you
"J30"
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from Jim McW--15 October 2003:
We have been unable to learn any more since the earlier inquiries. Can anyone shed any more light on the subject?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "ML"--29 October 2003:
I purchased a Moonlit Waters litho by Ottenfeld at a garage sale last year in Minnesota. Any info on this artist? I'm at a loss for info. thank you
"ML"
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from Jim McW--2 November 2003:
Everything we can find out about this artist we have posted with no. 975, Page 64.
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[1081]from "AW"-11 September 2003:
Hi!
I think your site is great and very informative.
I am just cataloguing my jigsaws onto my computer. I have nearly 100.
One of my puzzles does not seem to have a maker's name or it has been pulled off by sticky tape over the years. I am wondering if someone can identify it for me. It is a 500 piece 490 x 360mm of GLAMIS-CASTLE-ENGLAND, made in the E.E.C . Number is S 505/3 On the top of the lid and also on the sides of the box there is presumably a logo which is a row of coloured circles - pink, red, dark orange, light orange with a yellow one on the top.
Thanks - "AW"
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[1082]from "DW"-11 September 2003:
Hi Jim,
I can find no information on site about ZIG-ZAG PUZZLES CHICAGO
(Zig-Zag Puzzles, 3729 N. Hamlin Avenue, Chicago, Ill.).
The deco style triangular logo makes me think it is 1930's-40's. My puzzle has wooden and random fancy interlocking cuts.
Do you have information or other contacts about these wooden puzzles?
Thanks,
"DW"
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from Jim McW--15 October 2003:
If you can find a copy of Anne Williams' Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, you will be able to learn more about this puzzle line and others of similar name. Basically, though, there seems to have been a number of different lines of puzzles by various companies, mostly wooden puzzles. I have the general impression that the puzzle you have is of the fanciest variety. Your estimate of the age of the puzzle accords with the information in Ms. Williams' book. If you obtain a picture of the assembled puzzle, we would love to post pictures with this Q&A of the puzzle, box, and/or details thereof.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "DW"--23 October 2003:
Hi Jim,
I am sending picture of the ZigZag Chicago puzzle you requested. I just finished assembling it (343 pcs). Any other thoughts appreciated.
"DW"
Peaceful Brittany"Peaceful Brittany", Zig-Zag, Chicago [1930's?]

Peaceful Brittany"Peaceful Brittany" [box]

from "DW"--26 December 2005:
SEE ALSO, no. 1574, Page 98.
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[1083]from "JH"-13 September 2003:
Hello there

I am from Australia, I have just bought a 1000 jigsaw puzzle from a fete. I would like to know if you could help me please. The puzzle is of a covered bridge in NH (I am thinking that is New Hampshire)
The picture on the box is a beautiful bridge and I was wondering if anyone can tell me where this bridge may be. There is a number 4962-17 Covered Bridge NH. It is a long bridge over a stream with rocks. This is a very old puzzle so the bridge may have been changed in some way.
I would like to know if any one out there could help me find this bridge.
Thank you
"DW"
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from Jim McW--15 October 2003:
We are aware of at least three covered bridges in New Hampshire which have been featured on jigsaw puzzles. One is at Stark, and, unfortunately, we don't have a picture of it. The other two are :
Franconia Notch Bridge, NH"Franconia Notch Bridge, NH", GOLDEN BOOKSTM, 1996.

Albany Bridge, NH"Albany Bridge, NH", MILTON BRADLEY SPECIAL FIRESIDE SERIESTM, 1982.
Let us know if neither of these is the right bridge.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--19 October 2003:
We forgot one important reference...
You can visit the Covered Bridge Website, which lists MANY jigsaw puzzles depicting covered bridges.
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from Jim McW--17 October 2010:
The site seems to have been discontinued, unfortunately.
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[1084]from "AP"-13 September 2003:
Dear Puzzle History,

My name is __________ from _______, Washington, I have a Tuco puzzle but I can not find it on the internet so I was hoping you could give me some information on it. The puzzles name is "It's your move" The front cover has a clown and a women and two other men playing checker and there's a dog also on the floor by the clown. Right now I'm putting the puzzle together to see all the pieces are there. If you have any information could you please tell me about this puzzle.

Thank you,

"AP"
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from Jim McW--15 October 2003:
We believe your puzzle is an McCann Code LG-16, probably from the early- to mid-1940's, and the picture is similar to this one:
It's Your Move"It's Your Move", by Norman Rockwell, PERFECT PICTURE [1940's?]

Thanks, Jim McW
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[1085]from "JB"-14 September 2003:
I have a Whitman, Deluxe Guild titled "Full Sail, 18" x 15 1/2", # 4615 from series No 210 and am looking for some information about it.

thanks,
"JB"
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from Jim McW--16 October 2003:
See No. 235, Page 17, and No. 653, Page 46, and especially No. 695, Page 48. If your puzzle is in a box similar to the one below, we believe it was probably issued in the 1950's or 1960's. :
Homeward Bound"Homeward Bound"
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1086]from "KH"-14 September 2003:
RE: No. 778, Page 54.
Hello,
I was doing a search for this particular puzzle and found the listing from from "ET"--12 November 2002.
I got this puzzle today, it was found at a church sale. It is complete and quite unusual! Thought I would share it with you. Attached is a pic of the finished puzzle. Enjoy it!
Washington at Mount Vernon"Washington at Mount Vernon", JIG OF THE WEEK, 1930's.
"KH"
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[1087]from "KC"-15 September 2003:
This is probably beyond your interest in puzzles but....here goes.

I have been running a search on Red Coat Inn and have come to your webpage because Milton Bradley had a puzzle with this picture on it.

Could you tell me anything you know about it. I have a very large framed picture of Red Coat Inn. My mother gave it to me - and I remember it was hanging at home all my life so it was purchased at least in the early 60's.

I know puzzles can be duplicates of famous paintings by famous painters. But I can not find anything on this Red Coat Inn. If its signed, its hidden beneath the frame edge.

Any information on what you know about the puzzle or where to look for the original painting would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks~

"KC"
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from Jim McW--16 October 2003:
Is this the picture? :
Red Coat Inn"Red Coat Inn", MILTON BRADLEY BIG BENTM
Does anyone know the artist?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Chris McCann--16 October 2003:
Hi Jim:
Thomas Barker (British) is the artist for Red Coat Inn.
Chris
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from "SMC"--18 June 2005:
I also have a large painting of Red Coat Inn by Thomas Barker.

K.C, did you ever find out anything about this painting?...
Thanks,
"SMC"
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[1088]from "CM"-20 September 2003:
I have a Liberty jigsaw puzzle casse-tete made by American publishing, sponsor of the National Jigsaw Puzzle Championships.
Date on puzzle is April 23, 1938. Does anyone know the value of this puzzle? All the pieces are there and it is in excellent condition.
"CM"
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from Jim McW--16 October 2003:
The "Liberty" magazine cover puzzles were all issued after 1960, as far as we know. The dates are of the original magazines, not the issue of the puzzles. You can look for similar puzzles up for auction in on-line auctions, to see what prices they are currently bringing.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1089]from "TC"-22 September 2003:
Am looking for information on H Boylston Dummer puzzles. any help would be appreciated.
"TC"
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from Jim McW--16 October 2003:
We have very little information, other than that MILTON BRADLEYTM published some marvelous puzzles by this artist back in the 1930's or 1940's, we believe.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1090]from "DF"-6 October 2003:
I have a print of a wolf on a snow covered hill, looking a over to be several farms in deep snow . it is a print with the name John Dresche CO.N.Y. It looks like it might be singed under this name. If you can tell me anything about this print, I would appreciate it, please
Thank you
"DF"
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from Jim McW--16 October 2003:
I believe you mean this picture:
The Lone Wolf"The Lone Wolf", TUCO, 1932-33.
The company's name is Drescher. According to Chris McCann's Master Pieces: The Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles, the artist was Alfred von Kowalski-Wierusz.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1091]from "JR"-7 October 2003:
Hi there.

I have a Victory Puzzle .. from series P. 3. It is called "A visit to the old home" Could you please give me an idea on the date of this puzzle? Thanks

"JR"
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from Keith--26 October 2003:
Hi Jim, ( As you know )
The Victory P series or Popular series was just that: it ran from the very early 1930's into the Spear years of the middle 70's. The 3 indicates the size within this range, in this case, about 75 pieces and an average size of 8"x 6". In the early years 1932 to 1937 twelve subjects were available at any one time; from 1938 on it went up to 24 subjects at any one time. The catalogue carried the note ; " 24 different pictures are always available and they are changed periodically in order to give new subjects" . How many subjects were covered over this period in anyone's guess. However, all is not lost , if you have the original price still on the box this is often the best aid to dating Victory puzzles and can often pin it down to a couple of years. Other aids are the design of the label itself, the cutting style of the puzzle, so a few more clues may help to tie your date down a little tighter.
Regards,
Keith
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[1092]from "NB"-13 October 2003:
My aunt is an extreme-jigsaw puzzler and once found a puzzle at a garage sale that was one picture when you looked at it from one angle, but then changed when you looked at it from another angle. Would you happen to know of any puzzle like this and who makes/made them? She has been searching ever since to get her hands on more of them. Thanks so much,

"NB"
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from Anne Williams--5 August 2004:
Ceaco put out this series in 2000. It is called "One Puzzle, Two Views" but they have discontinued the series.
Anne Williams. puzzles@bates.edu
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[1093]from "GW"-13 October 2003:
I purchased 6 old puzzles at an estate sale recently. The lady who sold them to me told me they are from the 1930"s. I was wondering if you could help me out with any information on these puzzles, perhaps how old they really are and what they might be worth? The puzzles are in a yellow box approx 8"x10". There is no picture of the puzzle on the box. The box is titled "See America". over 300 pieces in each box. They are of Yosemite National Park in Ca; Catalina Island in CA, Lincoln Memorial, and 3 other parks or famous vacation places in the US. The edges only are interlocking and the rest of the puzzle is cut in mostly small pieces. The puzzle we put together is the Yosemite Park on and makes up to approx 11"x14". All the pieces are there and it is a beautiful picture of Yosemite Falls in Yosemite. This puzzle has a 5"x5" paper in the box with a little history of Yosemite. All but one of the puzzles have these notes. The boxes are all in pretty good shape except one which looks like it might have gotten wet at some time. All boxes are still together, not taped and I am going to put all the puzzles together to see if all the pieces are there. Anything you can tell me will be helpful. Thank you,
"GW"
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from Jim McW--16 October 2003:
It sounds like the See America First"See American First" puzzles. We believe they were issued in the 1930's.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1094]from "MG"-16 October 2003:
Who is the artist for Tuco's puzzle, Sweet Innocence?
"MG"
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from Jim McW--16 October 2003:
Here's the picture:
Sweet Innocence"Sweet Innocence", TUCO, c. 1948-1957.
According to Chris McCann's Master Pieces: The Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles, the artist was Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1095]from "CK"-21 October 2003:
I am looking for a puzzle that I worked in the early to mid 1980's. I'm not sure of the title, the manufacturer or the piece count. All I can remember is that it was of a pegasus or a unicorn with a castle in the background and icecream scoops. I have to find this puzzle for my sister. We worked on it when we were kids and now she is very ill and I would love to buy this for her so that we could possibly work on it together one more time. Someone told me that they believe this puzzle is a Clementoni puzzle and it is discontinued but they will keep looking. If anyone has any information, please let me know. Like I said...it's very important that I purchase this puzzle. Thank you.
"CK"
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from Jim McW--22 October 2003:
The nearest thing we could find (so far, at least ) to what you describe is this:
Dreams"Dreams", HALLMARK SPRINGBOKTM, 1985.
Let us know if this is (or isn't) the one you're thinking of. Does anyone have one of these they would be willing to sell? Meantime, if we run across one, we will let you know.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "CK"--23 October 2003:
Jim,

Oh my gosh!!!! I can't believe that you found it. I am so excited. I'm almost positive that this is the puzzle that I've been searching so hard to find. I still am in shock. Now the hard part is coming across it to purchase!!! I will look into it on my end...at least now I have a title and a manufacturer thanks to you. Please let me know if you hear anything. Take care, and thank you again.
"CK"
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[1096]from "RH"-1 October 2003:
I have an old Dr. Seuss Puzzle that came in an envelope... actually I have two one is missing one piece. The theme of the puzzle is something "foiling". I don't have it in front of me right now. I put it together and then put it away. I wanted to know about the puzzle. What might its age be and how much is it worth?
"RH"
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from Jim McW--22 October 2003:
I think you're referring to "Foiled by EssoLube", a promotional jigsaw puzzle of the 1930's. We don't do appraisals, but you may see such a puzzle on the market once in a while, and be able to observe its price realized.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1097]from "KDB"-16 October 2003:
Dear Puzzle History.com,

Please help me!!! My name is ___________ and a couple of years ago I was given a solid round one color purple puzzle. My problem is that I cannot find another puzzle like this. Do you have any ideas where I can get another one ? Please, Please help !!!

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Sincerely,

"KDB"
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from Jim McW--26 October 2003:
Please see Q&A no. 945, Page 63, for some information about "one-color" puzzles. I'm not sure any of these is still in print, but they do show up occasionally in internet auctions, and you may even find some in one of the puzzle webstores on our LINKS pages.
Meantime, we hadn't heard of a purple puzzle. Send us a picture, if you are willing, and we will post it with this item.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "KP"--19 February 2004:
I just came across your website and was reading a few of the questions and I have the answer to this one. It was a 500 piece round puzzle from Bits & Pieces. The name of the puzzle is "Purple Passion". I have this puzzle, though it is missing some pieces. I, too, would also love to find a replacement.
"KP"
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from "KP"--29 June 2004:
I am also looking for these old Bits & Pieces puzzles. I have the Purple Passion (big purple dot) and I also have the Red Alert puzzle that I found in a resale shop. The Red Alert puzzle is red/pinks/whites puzzle pieces that are all thrown together in a messy pile. This is also a circular puzzle that probably came from the same line. I am looking for others like these. Another circular puzzle of a different color. These are so cool and I would like to have more that Bits and Pieces manufactured back in the early 1990's. Thanks, "SDM"
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