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[1183]from "JS"-31 January 2004:
Today I bought in Hengelo (the Netherlands) a jigsaw puzzle by Bes-time in the Harlequin series with the title: "Rivals of the west". It is a cardboard puzzle. I'm very curious about the age of this puzzle and some more information about the series and the manufacturer. Thank you for your time
"JS"
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[1184]from "JS"-31 January 2004:
RE: No. 1101, Page 72
Hi,

Scandecor puzzles are very common here in the Netherlands. We see them a lot on fleamarkets. Actually today I bought nr 3157. Pictures are mostly paintings, maps, that sort of thing. The company is (was) Swedish. Text on boxes is English and German, so I guess they were also sold in Great Britain.
Hope I helped you

"JS"
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[1185]from "Jim S"-1 February 2004:
Hi, I'm doing a paper on Jig saw puzzles and your site is cool. For my paper, could you give me a guess on how many jigsaw puzzles are made each year and the people [buying] them. Or could you direct me to a source that has that information which I could foot note.

Thanks a lot,"Jim S"
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from Jim McW--3 February 2004:
We ventured to make a rough guess back in April 2002 (See No. 526, Page 38). We are still hoping someone will come forward with some facts and figures, or a source for finding them.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1186]from "T.R."-29 January 2004:
I am trying to locate an older puzzle produced by Jaymar. It is of the November 18, 1950 Post Cover.

It may be entitled "Practice". It depicts a young boy slouched in a chair practicing the trumpet. The boy has red hair, fat cheeks, he’s wearing blue pants and shirt.

The chair has a cover on it that is a Grandma Moses print. Norman Rockwell’s dog is under the chair. The boy in the chair is my father. I just found out that jaymar produced this puzzle.

Thanks,"T.R."
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from "T.R."--1 February 2004:
I have also just been told... that AMG had a montage of 10 different prints that was sold in a tin. "Practice" was included. I don’t know if you’re able to inquire about that one also. Like I said, the boy is my father, he’s 64 now. But he posed for N Rockwell a couple of times. I would love to get my hands on the above puzzles. Thanks. "T.R."
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[1187]from "KL"-3 February 2004:
re book by chris mccann
I have the book as mentioned in your pages and wondered if any old jigsaws have been re-released by any of todays manufacturers. They are so beautiful, i would love to own one or several. could you please let me know
Thank You,
"KL"
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from Jim McW--3 February 2004:
Chris McCann's beautiful book is truly a work of art in itself. There are many modern (recent) puzzles which we consider very beautiful. A few of them are of style reminiscent of the "old days" of jigsaw puzzles, the 1920's, 1930's, and 1940's. Relatively few of those old subjects have been revived on current puzzles. On the other hand, many of the old puzzles can be obtained in very nice condition at usually rather modest cost.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1188]from "PK"-4 February 2004:
Hi,

can you please tell me what the original jigsaw puzzles depicted?

Thanks!!

"PK"
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from Jim McW--8 February 2004:
Linda Hannas, in her wonderful book, The English Jigsaw Puzzle:1760 to 1890, establishes John Spilsbury, printer, as a publisher of "Dissected Maps" no later than 1763, in Russell Court, London. Stukje Voor Stukje: Geschiedenis van de Legpuzzle in Nederland, by Betsy and Geert Bekkering, includes the story, somewhat skeptically, that Queen Christina of Sweden ordered her most beautiful paintings to be cut to pieces to make them into puzzles and had them glued on to the the ceilings, circa 1650. Some people have claimed that some "dissected maps" were produced on the Continent a few years before Spilsbury began producing his, but we have not seen any conclusive evidence of this.
[See our LINKS page for information on ordering these and other books about jigsaw puzzles.]
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1189]from "MK"-5 February 2004:
I hope you can help with these questions


1. Who is credited with inventing/creating the first jigsaw puzzle?
2. What was the occupation of the person credited with inventing the first puzzle.
3. What country is the jigsaw inventor from?
4. What is the largest jigsaw puzzle recorded in terms of number of pieces?
5. Estimation how many jigsaw puzzles are sold annually?
6. What year was the jigsaw puzzle first introduced?
7. When were cardboard puzzles first introduced?

"MK"
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from Jim McW--8 February 2004:
See the previous Q&A (no. 1188) for the answers to nos. 1, 2, 3, and 6. Some of the answers, including nos. 4 and 5, can be found on our FAQ and RECORD-BREAKING PUZZLES pages, which many people seem to overlook, somehow. Card or cardboard puzzles, as far as I can learn, seem to have been produced as early as the middle of the 19th century. However, efficient ways of die-cutting them didn't exist until the second or third decade of the 20th century. Thus, most die-cut (mass-produced) cardboard puzzles were produced after 1931.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1190]from "SH"-5 February 2004:
Hi! =)
I found your site through the Google search engine & am hoping you can answer (or help find someone who can!) a couple of questions about a puzzle I have.

It's an obviously older puzzle that was found by my best friend in the top of a closet in the 90 year old home they purchased about 5 years ago. She just recently found a whole trove of old treasures in the top of a closet in a utility type room and this puzzle was one of them.

Do you have any idea when it may have been published, or better yet it's name? I read & looked at all your Guild puzzles and obviously didn't see this one!
Thank You in advance for your help!
"SH"
patriotic puzzlepatriotic puzzle, WHITMAN GUILDTM
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from Jim McW--8 February 2004:
Below the guide picture is a partial quote from one of Lincoln's most famous addresses: "with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in". This would suggest to me that this puzzle might have been issued late in the years of World War 2, although I suspect it was more probably issued circa 1945-1955. Does anyone know the title?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Chris McCann--7 August 2004:
Title is "It Bears Repetition", artist is Walter Beach Humphrey.
Chris
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[1191]from "HAO"-8 February 2004:
RE: inquiry 882 - where's the blasted cat?? [Page 60]

Hi all,

My mom got this puzzle for christmas last year, which it looks like you all did too since your inquiries are all from a year ago...well, we just got around to putting it together, and we too have been unable to find the cat. and yes, it is driving us nuts too. Mom is about to start a new puzzle, and is equally determined to find the cat before this one goes back into the box.

Did ANYONE find it??? come on, someone has to have resolved this!!

thanx,

"HAO"
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from Jim McW--6 July 2003:
See No. 1293.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW-- 2 August 2008:
LATER UPDATE:
For what may be the "final word" on this, SEE cat.
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[1192]from "LH"-11 February 2004:
RE: inquiry 885, Page 60
Hello. I was recently on your site and notice a inquire regarding a somerville games puzzle set, kute kids set. I as well have a set named christmas idyll, here's our dinner dad, sunny suzie and I believe. I am not sure if this inquirer was ever answered but I was curious on the age and value as well with my set. It contains all pieces in good shape as well as the origianl box, ( in fiar condition)
I would appreciate a reply.
"LH"
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from Jim McW--12 February 2004:
Well, we do try to reply to each and every person who writes in with an inquiry, although it is sometimes difficult, since we do this as a service, in our spare time ( without pay, we might add).
Having said that, I can only say that we have never seen one of these sets. Unfortunately, not many Canadian puzzles get sold in the U.S.A. We have seen pictures of one or two on the internet, though, and they look to me as though they were probably published between 1945 and 1965, approximately. That is just our guess. There is no point in our trying to guess the value. [See our FAQ page for a discussion of the value of puzzles.] They are worth what someone is willing to pay for them.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1193]from "L12"-12 February 2004:
I have a small puzzle made by Perfect Picture Puzzles, "Little Blue Eyes"
No. 1410
Picture size 14 1/2 X 11
Over 250 interlocking pieces
Made in the USA

It has a black and white photo picture of a little girl with a jump rope on the box
The box is cream with pink and black.

Can you tell me how old this is?

Thank you for any information.
"L12"
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from Jim McW--12 February 2004:
We think this was probably published circa the 1940's.
Little Blue Eyes
"Little Blue Eyes"
, PERFECT PICTURE. Little Blue Eyes, box[box], "Little Blue Eyes"
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[1194]from "BW"-12 February 2004:
Hello.

I have a puzzle that I've been trying to get a little more information on, as I'm searching for a copy of it. I had originally purchased my copy at a mall gift store in the late '80s. The box had red sides, and I believe that the top was completely covered with the picture - no border - but I can't remember if the name was on the sides only, or on the sides and top.

There was a selection of different puzzles in this series, all with box colors that corresponded to a key figure in the picture. All dealt with dragons in some way.

From what I have been told, the title of the puzzle may be "Masters of the Game," but the informant wasn't certain.

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. I'm still searching all the pictures on your site, so I may run across it.

Thank you!
"L12"
dragon, griffin, chess
dragon and griffin playing chess
, unknown title and maker.
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from Jim McW--28 March 2004:
This puzzle has been identified as "Masters of the Game", by Marjett Schille, WARREN RANDOM HOUSETM, 1987.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1195]from "TB"-12 February 2004:
I have just purchased a jigsaw puzzle and was wondering if you could tell me a little about it. It is a Whitman puzzle made by the Western Publishing Company Racine Wis. It is titled as Junior Guild Round Jigsaw Puzzle.... Scooby Doo. It is a round 125 piece still in its original box. There is a number of 4426 on the box also. The scene is of Scooby and the teamn on a camping or picnic trip. Any info let me know. Thanks Tim
"TB"
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[1196]from "J11"-11 February 2004:
I am looking for a 1972/73 "TUCO SPORTS SERIES" puzzle. It's titled "WHA WESTERN DIVISION".
CAN YOU HELP?
Also trying to find out how many different "hockey puzzles" were produced by the "AMERICAN PUBLISHING CORP." between 1970-72, there were 500pc in the box, or 300pc in a can.
Know where to find this list ? (I have 18 different)
Thanks,
"J11"
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[1197]from "BKS"-9 February 2004:
hi i found a tuco puzzle good health habits it contains two picture puzzles could you tell me the date and value of this puzzle
the box is good health habits 2 picture puzzles for tiny tots . fully interlocking for use as toy. large indestructible , harmless upson wood fiber board pieces. size 8 and half by 12 and a quarter. has the lamp trade mark says tuco work shop. also on the side of the box it says set no.6 no. 75- 100. on bottom of box it says educational easy to handle large shapes. the cover of the box has a small girl with rosey cheeks cleaning her little brothers face and a black and white dog tugging on a towel
hopefully this will help you out please let me know
thanks,
"BKS"
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from Jim McW--15 February 2004:
It sounds as though it may have been published during the 1950's or shortly thereafter, but that is just a wild guess, without a photograph of the box. In any case, we don't offer appraisals, but you can see some discussion of the subject on our FAQ page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1198]from "GS"-6 February 2004:
I am writing about the availability of puzzle boards on which one lays out/works puzzles. This is not a means of sealing and framing a puzzle.
I tried to access information thru your website but could not.
Thank you,
"GS"
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from Jim McW--16 February 2004:
[We received this by US Mail.]
We are happy to answer questions which we receive by U.S. Mail, although they will take a bit longer to receive and answer sometimes. We are sorry you found it difficult to find puzzle boards. If you go to some of the internet puzzle stores for which we have links on our LINKS page, you will find some of them have some kind of "puzzle caddy" for sale. That is one of the popular terms for what we call "puzzle boards". Some offer "roll-up puzzle mats".
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1199]from "CS13"-13 February 2004:
By a Country Lane"By a Country Lane"
I believe I have the original painting that this puzzle was taken from - it measures 24 x 36 and it was framed by the Illinois Mounting Company - it has been in my family about 50 years - my grandmother gave it to my mother, who in turn gave it to me. It appears to be unsigned unless the signature is under the frame, but it does have a brass name plate with painting's name and artist - "O.T.CLARKE". Can you tell me anymore about this painting, age, value, is this the original, etc...
thank you for your time and trouble
"CS13"
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from Jim McW--15 February 2004:
According to Tuco Puzzles: 1932-1957, by Sterling Mason, the artist was Octavius T. Clark, 1850-1921, England. You would probably need to consult one or more art dealers for a determination of originality and value.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1200]from "LV"-15 February 2004:
....Are there other president puzzles in this (maybe Tuco- series?)
Thanks,
"LV"
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from Jim McW--16 February 2004:
This is a great question to post on President's Day !
We believe TUCO produced puzzles featuring portraits of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. There were also at least two or three puzzles featuring numerous presidents, including "Presidents", c. 1954 (with 33 presidents), by JAYMARTM; "Presidents", c. 1961 (with 34 presidents), by JAYMARTM; "Presidents of the United States", c. early 1970's, by MILTON BRADLEYTM; and "U.S. Presidents", c. 1999, by WHITE MOUNTAINTM.

There are quite a few puzzles (by various companies) depicting historical (and other ) scenes which include American Presidents. Most of them feature George Washington:

"George Washington" (portrait)
"Signing of the Declaration of Independence"
"Washington and Molly Pitcher"
"Washington's Farewell to New York"
"Washington's Silver Wedding Anniversary, 1784"
"The Apotheosis of Washington"
"Washington at Mount Vernon"
"Washington's Headquarters - Morristown - 1774"
"Washington at Valley Forge"
"Washington Pleading for Democracy", by Percy Moran
"Washington' Return", by Moran
"Oath of Allegiance"
"Washington Crossing the Delaware"
"Independence Square", by L.G. Ferris
"Trophy of the Hunt"
"George Washington on a White Charger"
"George Washington and Nellie Custis"
"Washington Refuses a Crown", by William Soure
"Washington Returns to Mt. Vernon"
"Marriage of George and Martha Washington"
"First Meeting of Washington and Lafayette"
"Washington at Home"
"Washington Being Presented with the Flag", by Moran
"Salute to General Washington in New York Harbor", by L.M. Cooke
"George Washington's Ancestral Home"
"Washington Advocating Adoption of the Constitution"
"Washington and His Generals"
"Washington at the Siege of Boston"
"Washington Enters Philadelphia"
Washington Receiving His Commission"
"The Darkest Hour", by Percy Moran

Puzzles featuring Abraham Lincoln:
"Lincoln", by Ray Morgan
"Lincoln at Gettysburg"
"Lincoln at Gettysburg", by Fletcher Gransom
"Abraham Lincoln" (portrait)
Also, see the puzzle illustrated in no. 1190, above.

Puzzles featuring Franklin D. Roosevelt:
"Forward America - Roosevelt"
"Liberators of the World" (also featuring a portrait of Churchill)

There was also a STAR puzzle featuring John F. Kennedy, entitled "JFK", issued in 1967.
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[1201]from "MJS"-6 February 2004:
As a child we owned a puzzle of military theme, as I was quite young I may not remember accurately. The foreground was a checkerboard and the army's or characters were arranged all around and on the checkerboard. I have searched puzzle sites and print sites but do not know when or by whom this puzzle was produced, can anyone help?
"MJS"
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[1202]from "BB"-19 February 2004:
I have a very old puzzle box or at least it appears to be old. It is called "Full Sail". The box says it is interlocking, but it really isn't because we would barely touch it and it would move apart. Also the puzzle seems to be reversed from the picture on the outside of the box. It is really a beautiful picture. The number 2900 is on the box and also the word Guild and it is 300 pieces. Could you tell me anything about this puzzle as to when it would have been printed.?

Thank you

"BB"
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from Jim McW--20 February 2004:
This very likely was a puzzle published by WHITMAN GUILDTM during the late 1940's or 1950's. Mass-produced fully interlocking cardboard puzzles emerged in the 1950's, so far as we're aware. This series usually had 304 pieces. When you say the puzzle would "come apart", you probably mean that some sections would come apart. Also, many of the early interlocking puzzles actually featured interlocking borders and advertised that feature on the box.
As for the reversed guide picture, that happens occasionally, and I suspect it was usually purely accidental.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1203]from "KP"-19 February 2004:
RE: No. 1097, Page 71
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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