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[1163]from "J11"-11 January 2004:
hello all

not sure if anyone can help, but I have owned for some time a very old puzzle that was invented and designed by Mrs Elspeth Eagle-Clarke for Chad Valley depicting animals, birds, dragons, mermaids, ships and witches. It's very unusual in the fact it doesn't make up a complete picture as in regular puzzles, but more like individual very colourful characters united in one rectangle.

I have always thought maybe this was a prototype of an early 'jigsaw'. If any one could give me any information as to what it is or it's history I would very much appreciate it.

Regards

"J11"
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from Keith--20 January 2004:
Hi Jim

This is a very interesting find, ( try and get a picture) I feel sure that J11 is describing "Dragonland" a very desirable and scarce puzzle from the 1930's.

Chad Valley in their Catalogue listed it as " Puzzle for the Connoisseur " its Cat. No. is 3036 and was described thus:-

As some rare specimen is to the collector so is this puzzle to the jig-saw enthusiast - a puzzle of such unusual character that we, with our years of experience have seen nothing to equal it.

And how shall it be described ? Imagine Puck summoning all the Elfin creatures, the birds, the beasts and even Man, and arranging them in one glorious symphony of colour for the dedication of his queen, Titania.

This fantasy reproduced in glowing hues by a gifted artist, has been cunningly cut from wood by skilled workers. Every, elf, swan, mermaid and fish, is a picture in itself, colourful and complete, yet each dovetailing together into the brilliant design we illustrate.

" Every piece a picture " ( Supplied to Her Majesty the Queen)

No. 3036 DRAGONSLAND 10/6 No. 3035 ELFIN 7/6

Patent No. 407185

( Doesn't that description make you want to go out and hunt this one down). This was the height of Chad Valley craftsmanship unlike the inflated GWR puzzles which are frankly over-rated and usually of indifferent quality.

Regards,
Keith
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from Jim McW--16 July 2007:
See more on this puzzle in no. 1583, Page 99 and no. 1766, Page 108, as well as on our CHAD VALLEY page.
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[1164]from "RP"-12 January 2004:
I am looking for WW1 biplanes shooting at a black winged demon fighting with a white winged demon in midair on a box puzzle.
"RP"
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[1165]from "SC"-14 January 2004:
Hi,
My name is _______....I'm looking for a puzzle...it's a gift for my mother....she tells me that it was a hallmark puzzle with a picture of a red apple and had a black background.. ..also the apple had a small amount a light either on it or shining on it.......thankyou...
"SC"
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from Jim McW--14 January 2004:
We believe your mother was describing Crystal Creation"Crystal Creation", PZL 2091, issued in 1980.
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[1166]from "MB"-17 January 2004:
I purchased at an auction an old Milton Bradley puzzle called "Lake Louise Campfire"-number 250-45...---It's in a green box approx. 8"x4". The box is plain, without any picture. The pieces look like plyed wood with picture on top looks like it was hand painted or pressed on and is pastel colors. The cut of the pieces are a jagged cut and have cut pieces like lambs and butterflys among them. It is in mint condition and looks very old. Would you know the date and value of this puzzle? Any help you could give me would be appreciated.-------thank you
"MB"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2004:
MILTON BRADLEYTM produced jigsaw puzzles from the 1860's, but your puzzle sounds as though it might more likely have been published in the 1920's or 1930's. If you can get us a picture of the puzzle and box, we might be able to give you more information. Also, any print on the box or puzzle may help to identify and date the puzzle.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1167]from "NS"-12 January 2004:
Do you know where I can obtain a puzzle of La Focha in Tuscany Italy? I would like the house, but if not possible the estate would do.
Thanks,
"NS"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2004:
It is entirely possible that any puzzle which may have been published with that subject may not include that name in the title. For instance, it might carry a title of "Italian Villa" or "Sunny Italy" or of the name of the town or region. The nearest I can come from our own experience is the Pauline Jackson painting, "Farming in Toscana", which you can see on our Pauline Jackson page, devoted to her artwork on jigsaw puzzles.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1168]from "EK"-14 January 2004:
HI,
I have enjoyed looking at your website - it's fantastic. Thank you for having it available. I came across a Series 400 Advanced Children's Puzzle titled "Appreciation", 100 pieces, Giant 15", Multi-Colored, interlocking, "tripl-thick" wood-like pieces. It is in VERY GOOD condition, picture is of a boy giving treats to dogs - both adult and puppies. Do you have any information avialable on this particular puzzle or on the Series. I can send a picture of completed puzzle and box if you want.
Thanks,
"MB"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2004:
We have the impression that these were published in the 1950's, but I suppose it could have been a bit earlier or later than that. Here's a puzzle somewhat like yours, but with a slightly different title (or perhaps we have the title wrong):
Gratitude"Gratitude"
Here's a picture of another example of this series:
First Ride With Dad"First Ride With Dad", TUCO Advanced Children's Series, approx. 100 pieces.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1169]from "JRG"-18 January 2004:
I also have just found 6 of these puzzles and was wondering the same thing. I have Snow white, Rumpelstiltskin, pied piper, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel and the Wizard of Oz. How many different kinds of these puzzles were made? and How do I find out about them....
Some of them are Storyland and 3 of them are Round. Do you have anymore information on these, like How many and what names are the rest of these canisters, their value and how old these are. I would really appreciate the info.
Also, if you want, I can send you Pics of them when I get time to put them together. Thanks a bunch,
"JRG"
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from Jim McW--18 January 2004:
Unfortunately, many people who write in to us, neglect to refer to the Q&A number upon which they are commenting. I assume that you read one of several inquiries about HG TOYSTM or HARETT-GILMARTM puzzles, such as no. 445, Page 31. [Use our SEARCH page to see other references to HG Toys.]
This company published many puzzles over the years, including other series besides the "Storyland" puzzles.
Titles (in the "fairy tale" category) of which we are aware are:
Pinocchio [no. 406]
Goldilocks [no. 412]
Puss N' Boots [no. 413]
Red Riding Hood [no. 417]
Rapunzel [no. 419]
Aladdin and his Lamp [no. 422]
Snow White [no. 431]
Cinderella [no. 457]
Alice in Wonderland
The Gingerbread Man
Hansel and Gretel
Pied Piper
Rip Van Winkle
Rumpelstiltskin
Sleeping Beauty
The Wizard of Oz
3 Little Pigs"The Three Little Pigs"

Anyone who knows any other titles in the series, PLEASE write to us.
As far as we know, the "Storyland" puzzles were 96 pieces each.
We believe the "Storyland" puzzles were published between 1947 and the 1960's (or later).
These are not particularly rare, even today.....And, yes, we do appreciate photos of puzzles in your collections, folks. You can send photos by regular mail, or send digital images on cassettes or CD's or as attachments in e-mails. In the latter case, please keep image files to less than 150kb, as a rule, and no more than approximately 500kb per e-mail, please. Please remember that we are much behind in posting pictures to the site, so be patient.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "JRG"--26 January 2004:
Hi Jim,
Thanks for responding to my Questions about the cylinder puzzles. You were right, that is what I was referring to. Sorry, I didn't realize I needed to put the # on there for you. I'm sending you a pict. of the Pied Piper.
The Pied Piper"The Pied Piper", HG TOYSTM or HARETT-GILMARTM, approx. 75 pieces.
Thanks a bunch, JRG
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from Jim McW--27 January 2004:
That's all right. We really appreciate your help (and that of others) in starting to develop a comprehensive list of HG ( Harett-Gilmar ) cylinder puzzles.
It now appears to us that the HG cylindrical canisters must have contained puzzles of at least two numbers of pieces. We've had reports of 96, 75, and 50 pieces. There seems to have been a "Storyland" Series and a "Pet Time" Series. Some of the puzzles were apparently "shaped", and others were round.
ANYONE - Write in if you have more information to add to this picture.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1170]from "TCM"-19 January 2004:
I'm trying to identify and date this old puzzle I have. All intact. Original box is shown. Any help would be appreciated,
"TCM"
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from Jim McW--18 January 2004:
The image you sent is the same as the ones we have on our TUCO World War 2 page:
"Keep 'Em Flying"
This one in a blue box; the larger image is in a red box.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1171]from "RC"-20 January 2004:
I recently finished putting together a puzzle that I'm trying to find out how old it is. It's 1,000 piece poster size puzzle, made by Selchow & Righter Co., the box says Barnum, Bailey & Hutchinson 1882, and it's No. 1572.
Do you know where I might be able to find out how old this puzzle is?
It's in good condition but missing one piece.

Thank you,
"RC"
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from Jim McW--31 January 2004:
Well, the 1882 probably refers to the circus of that period. It's difficult to say without seeing the puzzle or box.
According to Anne Williams, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, Selchow & Righter, N.Y., N.Y., originally got into the puzzle and game business in 1870.
Jigsaw puzzles were very rarely diecut in 1000 pieces until after about 1955 or even later, so your puzzle is likely from the 1960-1980 period.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1172]from "TFE"-21 January 2004:
can you give me any information as to where i might find the puzzle "Golden temple at-Kyoto"?
thank you for any info you might give me.
"TFE"
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[1173]from "HW"-22 January 2004:
RE: supreme jigsaw puzzle The Old Curiosity Shop
Hi i am trying to locate an old jigsaw puzzle, which i think is from the 60 era, the old curiosity shop by supreme, i think. can any one help thank you
"HW"
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[1174]from "SG"-23 January 2004:
i have an old tuco picture puzzle that i found I know it's pre 1970 but it's called on peaceful shores painting by Nicholas Briganti looks like from the 50's but not sure
"SG"
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from Jim McW--31 January 2004:
The only version of this work on a TUCO puzzle of which we are aware was one published circa 1948-1957.
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[1175]from "GGN"-23 January 2004:
Spirit of Christmas Puzzle - Artist Donna Race - Copyright 2000 Brother Sister Design Studio - Oklahoma City, OK
Hi~~

Although I'm not a collector of older puzzles, I've spent many happy hours reading the questions and comments and enjoying the pictures of the older puzzles.

My question, however, concerns a much newer puzzle. I bought the above mentioned puzzle in an internet auction this past Christmas season and was disappointed to find one piece missing. This puzzle was cut by SunsOut exclusively for Hobby Lobby stores, all of which are located within a 1,000 mile radius of Oklahoma City. I'm hoping one of your readers will have one of these puzzles they would like to sell. The Santa, his bag, the two reindeer, the small animals and the lantern combine to make this a really special puzzle.

In advance, thanks for any help you and your readers can give me.
"GGN"
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[1176]from "GP"-27 December 2003:
I have a Waddingtons Limited Edition 500 Puzzle. It is of Prince Charles & Lady Dianna. He is dressed in a red velveteen jacket and she is wearing a pink formal. The box is a blue tin with gold-tone framing. The puzzle size is stated as approx. 49x36cm (19x14) inches. The tin has been opened to check the contents and the plastic bag containing the puzzle has never been opened. I do not know how old the puzzle is or how much it originally listed for. Any information you could send me would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for all of your time and Have a Great Holiday Season.
"GP"
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from Jim McW--24 January 2004:
Somehow, this inquiry got lost in the holiday shuffle. We don't have this one listed in any of our sources, so we can't give you much information ourselves. Hopefully, someone out there knows a bit about this puzzle and will write in with some answers.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1177]from "BR"-18 November 2003:
986 #65
looking for more info on the artist weber who painted the sunshine and shadow painting. any links available?
"BR"
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from Jim McW--31 January 2004:
This inquiry also got lost in the holiday shuffle. Chris McCann, in his Master Pieces: The Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles, says that the piece entitled "Sunshine and Shadows" is by Rudolph Weber, 1858-1933.
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[1178]from "BC"-16 January 2004:
Hi Jim,

Thanks for posting my question and your research. I've attached a picture of a Whitman Tekwood puzzle box that you have two examples of on your site..... Keep up the good work.

Regards,
"BC" The Old Meeting House
"The Old Meeting House"

The Old Meeting House[box]
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from Jim McW--31 January 2004:
Chris McCann, in his Master Pieces: The Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles, identifies this as "Old Meeting House", by Thomas Crane, whom he also lists as one of "America's Ten Most Wanted Puzzle Artists" (meaning information about the artist is wanted). Anyone who can provide information about this artist is requested to contact us or Chris McCann. (Caution: there is an early 19th Century British artist by the same name!)
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[1179]from "EB"-26 January 2004:
I recently purchased a wooden puzzle by The VR Jig Saw Puzzles titled 'Pals". It is in a red box with a paper label on the side that also says: No.55, 125 pieces, Rate 10 cents Per day. It also says "The Fashionette Studio, Caldwell, [NJ or NY?] Made in the USA... It has a sort of puzzle within the puzzle of the picture of the little boy with his dogs. It also has a figural of VR. (See pics below). I can't seem to find anything on the Internet regarding this puzzle.
Can you give me any information on this puzzle company or the puzzle? If not, can you point me in the direction of someone who might know something about them?
Thanks, I would appreciate any info I can get.
"EB"
Pals - Artist's signaturesignature Pals - one pieceone piece,
, "Pals", VR wooden puzzle, Fashionette Studios, Caldwell, NJ [1930's?]
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from Anne Williams--28 January 2004:
The puzzle almost certainly dates from the 1930s when there was a big craze for jigsaw puzzles. This is due to the plywood, the image, the typography on the box, and the cutting style.
Fashionette Studio was probably one of thousands of small businesses that got into puzzle making to earn a little extra money in the depression.
I do not know anything specifically about it, but you might be able to find out more by calling the historical society or library in Caldwell.
For more info on depression era puzzles, you might be interested in my article in the Ephemera Journal, listed below.
Anne Williams. puzzles@bates.edu
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EPHEMERA JOURNAL 6, special issue on THE AMERICAN PLAY ETHIC: EPHEMERA OF RECREATION.
Includes 19-page article, "Leisure in the Great Depression, The Many Pieces of the Jigsaw Puzzle Story," by Anne D. Williams. (26 b&w illustrations). Entire 128-page volume contains 8 other articles, mostly on games, from a 1993 symposium. Price: $9 postpaid.

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from "BE"--21 October 2005:

The Fashionette Studio was run out of a home on Smull Ave in Caldwell, NJ. The VR is for Victor Rafelvy the owner. It was in the 30's. I believe they sold and rented puzzles. I have many puzzle from that estate. I am currently assembling one.
"BE"
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[1180]from "JA"-28 January 2004:
I have a wooden puzzle by G.J. Hayter and Sons, called "The New Member", from the Victory brand and is Series Number P.6. Could you be so kind as to tell me its age. It is complete and in a good condition box.
Yours gratefully,
"JA"
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from Jim McW--31 January 2004:
Does anyone know the age of the puzzle? Here's a detail from this or a similar puzzle:
The New Memberdetail, "The New Member", by Victory.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Keith--1 February 2004:
Hi Jim,
The age of these Victory "Popular" Series jigsaws is a common question on the site. This series ran from around 1932 until the 1960's, the P6 range from 1942, the 6 tells us these were the 300/350 piece range of puzzles in that "P" or Popular series. The most useful tool for dating this series is the price. They were issued from wartime to just post war, prices were fixed. They changed as the wartime purchase tax changed so gives a very good guide. This range started at 10/- in 1942, 10/4 in 1944, rose in steps to 17/- in 1951. dropped to 13/6 in 1953 but rose again to 15/- in 1959, I hope that may be of some assistance.
Keith

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from Anne Williams--28 January 2004:
Hayter exported Victory puzzles to the US between 1945 and 1990.
If the J. W. Spear name is also on the box, the puzzle is 1970-90.
If only Hayter's name is on the box, it is 1970 or earlier.
Anne Williams. puzzles@bates.edu
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[1181]from "LF"-30 January 2004:
Could you tell me if there is a puzzle factory where you can tour the factory and see how they make puzzles. Please include the name of the company and addresses, if possible.
Thank you in advance for your help
"LF"
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from Jim McW--31 January 2004:
We doubt very much that it would practical for companies to provide public tours of [mass-production] factories, due to safety regulations and the pressure of production demands.
Does anyone know of such tours?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Anne Williams--28 January 2004:
Many companies that make wooden puzzles welcome visitors. Examples include Stave, MGC Puzzles, and Elms. There are many more.
Anne Williams. puzzles@bates.edu
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[1182]from "M30"-30 January 2004:
Hi I was wondering if someone could help me locate a jigsaw puzzle for me.It was put out by the now defunct Warner bros studio. All I know is that it has 1000 pieces and features approx 200 looney tunes characters running down a hillside with bugs bunny in the center of the puzzle and a sunrise behind him. I have seen it on internet auction only one time. I even tried the looney tunes /warner bros sites but no luck .
Can any one help me find one for purchase? Thanx so much
"M30"
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