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[1120]from "DJ"-20 October 2003:
Custer's Last Stand
Does anyone know where I can find this jigsaw? My father is in a nursing home and does puzzles every day, and this is one he wants very badly.
Thanks for any help.
"DJ"
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[1121]from "JS"-22 October 2003:
I have a puzzle titled Florida Cypress Gardens"Florida Cypress Gardens". There is no mfg or any other info on the box, other than the puzzle name and the words Interlocking Picture puzzle, Thick, Easy-To-Handle Wood Like Pieces, Made of laminated wood fibre board.

The pieces are shaped like Tuco and the backs are pink like Tuco.

Thanks,
"JS"
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from Jim McW--23 November 2003:
We suspect this is a promotional puzzle for the Gardens, and we would not be surprised if it was produced by TUCO WORKSHOPS.
Does anyone have any more information or ideas about this puzzle?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1122]from "AH"-27 October 2003:
RE: no. 876, Page 59.:

Hello Jim,

Just an additional note on this one:
Just recently I managed to find another Milton Bradley jigsaw puzzle on this theme, "Apollo" (The First Step on the Moon 20 - VII - 1969), which illustrates the artist's (by signature "Gram") rendition of the historical event: Armstrong, having just descended from the Eagle, with the Earth shining on the background. The jigsaw has over 500 pieces, and is copyrighted 1969 by MB International - N.V. (Holland). It would be very interesting to know how many puzzles were there in the (supposed) series.

With best regards,

"AH", Finland
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[1123]from "NB"-6 November 2003:
I have recently purchased a Victory Jig-Saw puzzle, Popular Series, Mexican Hat Dance. It is complete with box in good condition. Do you know when the puzzle was produced. [This is to be a Christmas present for my daughter-in-law who is from Guadalajara.]
"NB"
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from Keith--12 November 2003:
Hi ,

The popular series were produced over a long period, 1932 to after 1970, when the company was sold to Spear, if the original price is still on the box this can be a very good guide in dating within this period.
Keith
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[1124]from "SS"-7 November 2003:
RE: no. 985, Page 65
I have a Frank M. Hamilton picture from my parents. I have had it for about 20 years. I'm not sure how long they had it before that. I would also like to know more about him.
Frank M. Hamilton printprint, unknown title, by Frank M. Hamilton.
"SS"
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[1125]from "OG"-10 November 2003:

I have 2 old jigsaws that I would like to date, they are...

a Pageant jigsaw series made by Bestime. It is titled Parade at Holyrood House.
It shows soldiers marching past Holyrood house in Edinburgh, Scotland wearing tunics and kilts. It is painted not photo.
Over 1000 pieces in blue and yellow box... probably 1950's??

The other is a Victory jigsaw made by G.J Hayter + Co, Boscombe, Bournemouth, England.
It is titled "Norwegian folk dance" and is series no P3/S.
This is a wooden jigsaw.
I would appreciate any help.
Thanks
"OG"
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from Keith--12 November 2003:
Hi ,

The P3/S range were added to the Popular series in 1959, if your box still has the price marked on it should be 5/9 or five shillings and nine pence in pre decimal money. They were 125 piece puzzles on average 10" x 8" added to go between the 100 piece P3 range and the 150 piece P4 range.
Keith
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[1126]from "RK"-10 November 2003:
Hi, My name is _______ and I was born and raised in the Yukon Territory, Canada. My Dad was a bush pilot in the North during the 60s and 70s. A Parker Bros Photographer took a picture of him on the float of his float plane and it was turned into a puzzle. I've had 1 on my wall for years but it was distroyed during a recent move.
The picture was taken of Jackfish Lake near Ross River, Yukon in early fall into the sun. It has 2 or 3 float planes tied to the docks. On one of the planes is my dad.
How can I trace and get another of this puzzle.
Thanks,
"RK"
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from Anne Williams--28 January 2004:
Most likely your father sent the photo to Parker Brothers. The company often made puzzles from photos or prints submitted by customers.
Each custom puzzle was unique. They made only one puzzle of each.
Parker Brothers no longer makes puzzles. But most contemporary puzzle makers could make a custom puzzle if you still have a copy of the photo or the negative.
Anne Williams. puzzles@bates.edu
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[1127]from "KT"-13 November 2003:
I am looking for a Whitman Publishing Vanguard 2000 piece puzzle #7221-6 titled Ashness Bridge in the Lake District.

I found one at a charity shop on my most recent visit to my mother in the UK. I have completed 2/3 of it and have found that there are 2 pieces missing so far. I was completing the puzzle to have framed for my Mom - this scene is her favourite spot. She and Dad completed the same puzzle while my dad was off work after a serious car accident when I was a child and my dad hand glued it and framed it. After moving to three different countries the puzzle did not survive shipping to England when my mom moved back there. Now that my Dad has passed away she talks lovingly about the puzzle and it's memories. I have searched the internet without luck. You are my last hope.

Thanks,
"KT"
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[1128]from "DR"-18 September 2003:
Hello,
I was wondering if you could help me locate a certain puzzle? It is a Milton Bradley Classic Movie Puzzle of the Wizard of Oz, it has a copyright 1990, number 4158-2. I found it at a rummage sale and am in the process of putting it together for my three year old twins, just to find out it is missing several pieces. I would like to get a complete puzzle. If you know where I can purchase one please let me know. Attached is a picture of the box.
Thank you for your help.
"DR"
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from Jim McW--15 November 2003:
We have been unable to find one of these. Does anyone have one or any idea where "DR" might look for one of these?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1129]from "P18"-15 November 2003:
I have "Progress of Democracy", a 375 piece puzzle. It shows a naval battle, probably of our revolutionary war, but may have the French & British involved. It was made by Perfect Picture Puzzles. The box is in good condition, only recently taped the corners. No pieces missing. It is a facinating puzzle. The faces of the dying sailors and those still fighting captivated me as a child and still do today. Can you tell me how old it is?
Thank you.
"P18"
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from Jim McW--16 November 2003:
You may be able to get a rough idea of the age of the puzzle by looking at the puzzle boxes on our Perfect Picture page and comparing them with yours.
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[1130]from "RP"-15 November 2003:
I have this puzzle: PZL5002 - New York State made in 1969 by Springbok and have never seen it listed on internet auction sites and can't find a website selling it. Is it worth my time trying to put it together and sell it on an internet auction site? I mainly sell vinyl records on-line and don't know puzzles. Do you know if people would be interested and perhaps what it is worth? Thanx for any help you can give.
"RP"
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from Jim McW--16 November 2003:
See no. 527, Page 38, for a discussion of these puzzles which may help you decide.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1131]from "MW"-19 November 2003:
Hello from Pennsylvania.

Am trying to find the puzzle "number" for the Springbok puzzle featuring a bunch of Furskin bears. They were around during the 70's (guess I'm dating myself, huh?) and they wore outfits like overalls, straw hats, etc.

Appreciate any direction -- either the name of the puzzle or the number. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Regards,
"MW"
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[1132]from "DR"-23 November 2003:
Hi, just found your web page and was wondering if you could help me .
I have acquired a puzzle called The "BEDFORD" JIG SAW PUZZLE . It has a label on the box with hand written subject, and pieces on it , (I think the picture of the plane has been put on by a child's printing set as this picture has nothing to do with the actual puzzle picture ). Although I have tried to find out about this puzzle, every avenue comes to a dead end . I have found out that "F.R. HOCKLIFFE". was an engraver of fountain pens!!!?, which are quite collectable in their own right. Does this mean that this puzzle is? The puzzle itself is wooden with really small and awkward-shaped pieces which, when fitted together, move around a lot, as there are not many locking pieces. There are around about 400 pieces in this puzzle, and it's causing me a nightmare at the moment putting them together. As I put one in place, they all move around....I think I need a steadier hand!!!!!.
The picture shows a gentleman seated on a fence with a lady standing beside him dressed in what I can only suggest are 1920s clothes, fading into the back ground are three couples, the gents dressed in long coats and top hats and the ladies in dresses that would suit the 1800s, with bonnets to match. In the bottom corner of the puzzle is a signature of "NORMAN KEENE" which I assume was the illustrator of the picture . I have been told that somebody about a year or two ago came across one of these puzzles at a auction house and said that it realised about 420 . Could you comment on this ? I have attacthed scan of box lid with label showing and few pieces and would be very glad of any information regarding this puzzle.
Regards
"DR"
Bedford box and 
piecesBedford box and pieces, unknown title, by Norman Keene.
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from "DR"--11 December 2003:
Hello and thank you for posting my question, I have at long last finished said puzzle and I am sending you picture if you would be so kind as to insert [with no. 1132] I would be grateful,
Thanks, "DR"
Bedford puzzleBedford puzzle, unknown title, by Norman Keene.
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from Jim McW--14 December 2003:
What a beautiful old puzzle! It is almost certainly from the 1930's or a bit earlier, probably produced by F. Warne & Co., London.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--20 December 2004:
Well, I seem to have dropped the ball on this one!
Upon checking additional sources, I find that Anne Williams, in her book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, mentions that Bedford was made by F.R. Hockliffe, during the 1930's.
Presumably the "Bedford" made by Warne in London was something entirely different.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1133]from "CJH"-24 November 2003:
Howdy.
In cleaning out Grandma's closet, my mother found a very old double-sided Milton Bradley puzzle featuring a map of the United States on one side (Oklahoma shows "Indian Terry.") and flags from various countries around the world as well as images of Uncle Sam on the reverse. Many of the flags have the text "man of war" after the country's name. The state of NY is missing, and two other pieces are damaged. We are guessing it was Grandma's from around WWI. Would anyone happen to know anything about this puzzle? Thank you!
"CJH"
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from Jim McW--11 December 2003:
Well, I can say a little about it, without seeing the puzzle, but pictures would help. Oklahoma was admitted to the Union in 1912, so the puzzle was probably issued prior to that. If it was published in wartime, perhaps it was during the Spanish-American War, about the turn of the century ?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1134]from "KA"-26 November 2003:
I'm trying to find out about this puzzle. Do you have any information about it or know where I can find any?
Thank you so much....
"KA"
Grandmother's Birthday"Grandmother's Birthday", Wilkie, 1930's.
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from Jim McW--11 December 2003:
These are nice puzzles, and this particular picture was issued by Tuco, as well.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1135]from "LP"-28 November 2003:
Help! I am looking for a Looney Tunes Puzzle that I purchased in 1983. It had all of the Looney Tunes characters on it. It was from 350 to 750 pieces, I am not sure. It did not come in a tin, but in a box. At one time I thought it might have been Disney Characters, but I really think it is Looney Tune Characters.
"LP"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2003:
There was a "Hayride Puzzle", in a barn-shaped box, featuring LOONEY TUNESTM characters; and a "Looney Tunes Baseball Dugout" puzzle, issued in 1993 by WarnerBros, I believe. Also, there was a "SpaceJam" puzzle. Any others that anyone knows of?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1136]from "LS"-2 December 2003:
I am very interested in learning more about the handcrafted, wooden tray-frame puzzles made in the 50s and 60s by Playskool and Sifo. Some of these puzzles for children are brilliantly designed and obviously there were talented individuals behind their production. Are you aware of any information source? Thank you,
"LS"
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[1137]from "NW"-3 December 2003:
I have had this puzzle for 17 years and we have never been able to do it. It contains 22 orange and blue plastic shapes that you have to fit into a diamond shape frame. It was made by Ideal toy company, and it is called Hi-Q fusion - please can anyone help, as we are going mad !!!
"LP"
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from Jim McW--4 December 2003:
Try looking at our Q&A no. 415, Page 30. Someone found a website which lists some puzzles and some solutions, I believe. Maybe it will be listed there.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--8 April 2004:
See pictures and a link to a source for a possible solution in no. 1226, Page 78. To all who sent pictures and links,
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1138]from "HP"-4 December 2003:
About 25 years ago I had a Sprinbok puzzle that was in the shape of an octagon I believe. It was of Betsy Clark figures and I believe it was called "What Child is This". There was a child that described each day of the week on which you were born (Monday's child is full of grace, Tuesday's child is full of face, etc.) Any idea if this is something that is still available?

Thank you,
"LS"
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from Jim McW--13 December 2003:
There was an octagonal puzzle entitled "Monday's Child", PZL 8042, issued c. 1974, we believe.
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[1139]from "CT"-3 December 2003:
I have a couple puzzles from Whitman Publishing Co. One is a Crown Jig-Saw Puzzle entitled "The Old Road". The other is a Giant Guild entitled "Bridge Across the Tiber River". Could you give me any other information on these such as possible printing date, etc? Thanks!
"CT"
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from Jim McW--13 December 2003:
It's rather difficult without pictures of the boxes. It sounds as though they are from the general period, 1965-1979, though.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "CT"--13 December 2003:
Here is a picture of the puzzle and box. Thanks for your help!
The Old Road"The Old Road", Whitman Crown puzzle.The Old Road - box"The Old Road" [box]
Thanks, "CT"
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from Jim McW--13 December 2003:
Well, my guess is still pretty much the same on the age of the puzzle, although I can't rule out the late 1950's. Now we just need a picture of the Giant Guild!
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "CT"--15 January 2004:
Here is the other puzzle. Thanks for any help you can give!
Tiber Bridge"Tiber Bridge", WHITMAN GIANT GUILDTM
Thanks, "CT"
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from Jim McW--18 January 2004:
We are not familiar with this series. My best guess is the 1970's, but it might be a bit earlier.
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[1140]from "KH"-4 December 2003:
Some time ago I inquired about a puzzle that I have, and you requested a photo. You also suggested that it might be an advertising puzzle. I did a little searching and discover the following information: The puzzle is one of twelve thrilling scenes...put out by the National Biscuit Co. N. Y. in 1949. The National Biscuit Co. changed its name to Nabisco, Inc. in 1971. These puzzles were radio station promotions to promote a program called Straight Arrow, which was the National Biscuit Company bid to gain kid's allegiance to their cereals away from Post, General Mills and Kelloggs. They picked Shredded Wheat to be the cereal for kids, and Straight Arrow trading cards were placed between the rows of shredded wheat biscuits. The radio series ran until 1951 and promotions like the puzzle were sent to kids who sent in a series of box tops etc. The puzzle illustrator is Fred Meagher who was a prominent comic book illustrator of the day. This puzzle...comes in a see-thru sleeve. It is signed by the illustrator and depicts an Indian saving a maiden from a grizzly bear....

Thanks,
"KH"
Straight Arrow Saves..."Straight Arrow Saves Princess Snow Flower from the Grizzly",
one of 12 different puzzles offered by the National Biscuit Co., circa 1949.
Straight Arrow...envelope[envelope], "Straight Arrow Saves Princess Snow Flower from the Grizzly"
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from Jim McW--14 December 2003:
This site would not be nearly as comprehensive without the many contributions of kind people like you.
Thanks!
Jim McW
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from "JC"-- 7 March 2008:
I had given up trying to find anything regarding the Nabisco Shredded Wheat Straight Arrow cardboard inserts. Thank you very, very much for the information on these rare items. I'd like to see them again but doubt that many, if any, actually exist at this time.
"JC", Ohio
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from Jim McW-- 9 March 2008:
You may be correct about the scarcity, but I would not rule out the possibility of finding some of these wonderful, old collectibles, even now. I am constantly amazed at what turns up in internet auctions. In any case, we are glad to be of help.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1141]from "PB"-4 December 2003:
Aloha:

I have been trying to locate a puzzle we had many years ago. It was bought at a Hallmark store during the Christmas season sometime in the 70s/80s. It was a picture of Santa with his big toy bag and the "Night Before Christmas" story was entwined within the picture.

Can you suggest how I might find this puzzle?

Mahalo

Thanks,
"PB"
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from "CT"--17 July 2004:
Springbok PZL5902 The Night Before Christmas - frequently found on internet auctions
"CT"
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[1142]from "S10"-10 December 2003:
hi, i have a jigsaw of a clock by g j hayter. it has the numbers on the inside and pics of children doing daily things on the outside. in the middle are the two clock hands. there are 4 pieces (one in each corner) showing the four seasons . Do you have any info on this product? thanks
"S10"
Victory clock"clock puzzle", a Victory puzzle, by G.J. Hayter (U.K.).
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from Jim McW--14 December 2003:
What a beautiful, little children's puzzle! We assume that it is a wooden puzzle. True?
We would guess late 1930's to late 1940's from the artwork. Can anyone supply further information?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "Keith"--16 December 2003:
Hi JIm,

I think this must be one of the two Picture Puzzle Clocks that Victory produced from 1954 to 1967.
There were two sizes 9"x 9.25" and 12"x 12.25" - both had 28 pieces. ( I have never seen one or a picture of one but if you include the 2 hands, the centre, the tray and 24 clock pieces it adds up).
Keith
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from Anne Williams--28 January 2004:
Hayter made this puzzle during the 1950s through 1970, possibly earlier too.
Anne Williams. puzzles@bates.edu
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