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[1261]from "JB"--12 May 2004:
I found an old puzzle at a garage sale. My question is can you tell me the artist, what year it may be from or any other information on it. Here is the description: The picture is of a clipper ship on the seas with a cloudy sky. The sun is trying to break through in the sky. The ship has beautiful sails and intricate details. Painting is done in a style similar to Roy Cross or J. Walter or James Edward Buttersworth or Tim Thompson or William James Aylward or Samuel Walters. The painting seems to be from the late 1800s or early 1900s.

This puzzle is titled "Homeward Bound". The brand is called Mastercraft Jig Saw Picture Puzzle. The puzzle number is 666. The size is 20 x 24. The pieces are listed as "Over 750". Without the figurals, the count is 752. There are 47 figurals. The pieces seem to be made from plywood. The figurals are shapes of animals, people and letters. There is also an ax, an arrow and a hand. When I first opened the box the figurals were in a tissue paper by themselves and I assumed they were from other puzzles. I was wrong. They all fit into the puzzle. It is in its original box. The box is made of plywood with no picture.

The puzzle is in excellent condition. Every piece is whole and there are no pieces missing. The pattern pieces seem to be jagged, the knob style seems to be earlets, and the puzzle is interlocking. The colors are vibrant. The picture is beautiful. My family helped me put this puzzle together and we decided the puzzle maker was a genius. He had us fooled over and over again. There were many fake edges within the puzzle and almost everytime we thought a piece would be a certain shape we were wrong. We had a love/hate relationship with the designer throughout our time putting this together. It was an amazing adventure. The figurals were charming and each a little challenge within the puzzle.

Thanks so much,
"JB"
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from Jim McW--18 May 2004:
Anne Williams lists a puzzle brand, Mastercraft, made by H.M. Dorworth.
Chris McCann features a picture of a puzzle of this subject (by Wallace Robinson) on Page 47 of his Master Pieces: The Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles.
It sounds as though you got a great bargain at that sale!
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[1262]from "CB"--12 May 2004:
As a boy, during WW II, I was given a jigsaw puzzle made by Jaymar titled AIRPORT. The puzzle base is the airport with 'lighted' runways. In a number of the pieces are slots. Into these slots are fitted hangars, airplanes, control tower, etc. Thus the puzzle has a three-dimensional effect. I've never found anyone who can tell me the rarity of this puzzle or any other information. A reply would be appreciated.
"CB"
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from Jim McW--18 May 2004:
Well, we do try to reply to each inquiry! However, we don't always know the answer. We will still often post questions in hopes that someone will be able to answer them.
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from Jim McW--21 May 2004:

We found this picture in our files. Is this the one?:
" Airport " , Jaymar.
I would have guessed 1940's to 1950's from the style.
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[1263]from "AW"--13 May 2004:
Hi,

A while ago, maybe three to five years, I saw a jigsaw puzzle that really caught my eye. I wasn't doing puzzles then, so I didn't buy it, but went back a few weeks later and it was gone. It has continued to nag at me, especially now that I am doing puzzles again.

It was a realistic image of a German steam locomotive running through a winter scene of snow, dark green trees, and clouds of condensing steam. The locomotive would have been black with red wheels. The puzzle maker was surely German, and I am inclined to believe was Ravensburger. I don't know how many pieces it was.

I would very much appreciate at least a clue as to what the puzzle was called, and how many pieces it was, so at least I know what to be searching for.

Thank you,

"AW"
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[1264]from "CJ"--19 May 2004:
Hi! I checked your Search engine first! Couldn’t find this puzzle manufacturer or answer to my question.

I acquired a sealed, shrink-wrapped puzzle from a garage sale, the lady said it was "old". There is a slight amount of foxing on the face of the cardboard box under the shrink wrap as there appears to be a few small machine made holes in the wrap. Seen in photo. (to let it breathe?)
The Title is "Discovery" and is of one of the Post covers done by Rockwell. 551 pieces.
The publisher has his copyright on the end of the box and it states, Baron/Scott Enterprises, Inc. (copyright 1956 Curtis Publishing Co.).
Rare? Not rare? Is Copyright the date of puzzle manufacture?
Also what is the meaning of Casse Tete ? It states on front: jigsaw puzzles/casse tete. Thanks!
"CJ"
" Discovery " , Baron/Scott Enterprises, 1956.
" Discovery " , [legend] " Discovery " , [legend]
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from Jim McW--21 May 2004:

We believe the copyright refers to the publication date of the issue of the Saturday Evening Post which is depicted. I would suspect that the puzzle is from the 1980's, but I seriously doubt it is older than the 1970's.
Casse Tete (we believe) is French for jigsaw puzzle: literally, "break head", which is similar to the Spanish term, "Rompecabezas".
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[1265]from "LD"--21 May 2004:
I have an old puzzle by Fairchild, "kids & pets". It is a frame tray inlay
I would the like to know the history of this child's puzzle. If you could help me I would be grateful.
thank you,
"LD"
" Kids & Pets " , Fairchild.
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from Jim McW--21 May 2004:

The style of the doll leads me to date this to the late 1940's, but I think it could just as easily be from the 1950's. I think we can rule out any date later than that.
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[1266]from "SO"--24 May 2004:
Hi,

I'm looking to purchase a puzzle, I thought it was a Spingbok puzzle, but I could be wrong.

All I remember/know is that the puzzle is of a bunch of ice cream scoops (all different flavors). It is not the one called "Do yourself a Flavor", as that one has ice cream cones in it as well. This one was simple (like a) photograph of many different flavors of ice scream.

(I could be completely off base, but I thought it was called, "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream")

Thank you for your help.

"SO"

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from Jim McW--30 May 2004:

I knew the title sounded familiar, but this stumped me for a while, until I simply plugged your suggested title (actually just the key word, " scream " ) into our SEARCH page. It immediately sent me to our EATON page, where the puzzle you're looking for is illustrated. So, you're looking for the right title, but it's an Eaton, from several years ago, I think from the 1980's or so.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1267]from "C27"--27 May 2004:
I was given a jigsaw puzzle found in my grandmother's attic and need info on it. On the box it has Fine Arts Picture Puzzle made of original lithographs - 1000 pieces - interlocking - size 22x28 - serial or series no. 77 - copyright - playtime house - Rochester, NY.
The picture looks like a pub with three men sitting around the table and the waiter standing. Also the brass ashtray with long handle on the floor, long stem pipe, etc. Would appreciate any info on this. Thanks!
"C27"
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from Jim McW--30 May 2004:

We're not sure which work this puzzle is based on. We first thought of one which has been used in several different puzzles, "Old Friends and Old Pastimes". However, we found another in Chris McCann's book,Master Pieces: the Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles. It is featured on Page 147, and is entitled " Approving the Vintage ", by Josef Wagner-Höhenberg. It sounds a little more like what you describe.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1268]from "JK"--27 May 2004:
Dear Jim,
I hope you can help identify this wonderful wooden puzzle of Indian maidens. I do not have a box. Do you know the artist [I don't believe it is R A Fox], the title, or the manufacturer of the puzzle?
Thank you,
"JK"
indian maidens with canoe on moonlit night , wooden, unknown title, artist, and maker.
indian maidens with canoe on moonlit night , detail.
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from Jim McW--30 May 2004:
We don't know any of the answers, but we do believe it is probably from the 1940's, give or take a few years. Does anyone know the answers to the enquirer's questions?
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[1269]from "CF"--27 May 2004:
Hello!

I am writing a paper on puzzle history, and I can't seem to nail down what year Parker Brothers introduced whimsies in their Pastime Puzzles line. I have contacted Hasbro (they own Parker Brothers), and to my surprise they couldn't provide that kind of information.

I know whimsies were introduced shortly before 1909.... just would be nice to know precisely which year (I would look really smart if I knew :-).

Thanks kindly for sharing what you know!

Sincerely,
"CF"
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from Jim McW--30 May 2004:

According to Anne Williams, in Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide", Pastime puzzles were first produced in 1908, and "the figure pieces were introduced around 1910".
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Jim McW--30 May 2004:

Keith notes that the enquirer may have the impression (and some others may gather ) that the whimsies introduced in the Parker Pastime puzzles were the first to appear in any jigsaw puzzles. As Keith points out (see also Anne Williams' Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide" and Tom Tyler's British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century ), figure pieces or "whimsies" were first introduced in Raphael Tuck's Zag-Zaw puzzles about 1909. Zag-Zaw Puzzles were cut into approx. 4"x 4" pieces using a wavy line cut, each piece was then cut with a primitive whimsy in the centre of each section and the remaining area divided into smaller pieces.
We remain unsure when the ABSOLUTELY first figural piece or whimsy was cut.
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[1270]from "JM"--30 May 2004:
I have painting by John Drescher CO NY and I am trying to trace origin and value. Name of painting unknown but has been seen as backdrop to old films. It is a dying warrior on horseback against sunset. Still in original frame. Appreciate all help given
"JM"
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from Jim McW--6 June 2004:

We're not sure to which work you refer, nor is this website really about paintings or prints. Certainly, we are not art experts. Having said that, what you describe sounds a little like a great, old picture which, incidentally is well-illustrated in Chris McCann's book,Master Pieces: the Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles, on Page 106.
We include a little illustration here ( a jigsaw puzzle ) from our own files:
Appeal to the Great Spirit" Appeal to the Great Spirit ", by Cyrus Dallin.
If this is not the one of which you speak, you will need to send us a picture of it.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Chris McCann--1 August 2004:

Hi, Jim,
The picture is more likely to be "End of the Trail", a painting based on the famous sculpture by James Fraser.
Chris
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from "GC"--20 August 2004:

I also have a wonderful framed color print with an Indian sitting on a horse with outstreched arms and face pointing to the heavens. In the left bottom of the print one cam read John Drescher and Co, Ny with magnifyer. Does anyone know the history?
"GC"
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from Jim McW--26 August 2004:

Unfortunately, we don't know much, other than what's already on these pages, primarily the information above.
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[1271]from "TC"--7 June 2004:
Hi, I recently purchased several really old puzzles at a local estate sale. Some I've found on your website, others I couldn't find anything on....

If it's possible to date them, I would really be interested in the age of these.
" A Neighborly Chat ", Art Picture Puzzle.
The box reads ART PICTURE PUZZLE IN FULL COLOR SIZE 10 X 14 INCHES 225 PIECES OR MORE
ALL MASTERPIECE REPRODUCTIONS INTERESTING - FASCINATING INTERLOCKING. It is puzzle No. 10 titled A NEIGHBORLY CHAT. Though the box states this is an interlocking puzzle, except for the border, my guess is that over half the remaining pieces are actually the non-interlocking variety. An interesting side note, the box was originally taped close with two gummed paper labels which read S.S. Kresge Company 5-10-25¢ Store. The pieces are sturdy and very well cut and the puzzle is complete and in good condition, the puzzle box, however is in sorry shape, sort of crushed and warped also a tear on one side of the top, and two box corners broken on the bottom of the box.
" The Oyster Fleet ",
made by Perfection Box Co., Springfield, Missouri.
Non-Interlocking, the box reads JIG SAW PUZZLE OVER 180 PIECES. A Fascinating Entertainment for Everyone - Picture 9 x 12 - Die Cut - Subject THE OYSTER FLEET. It was pre-priced at a whopping.15¢. This Puzzle was made by the PERFECTION BOX CO. SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI. This one has two missing pieces

children playing
boys playing soccer
playing circus
These are old wooden kid's puzzles. The pieces were in a baggie, and I can find no manufacturer noted. One is complete, the other isn't. Two sided, of course the most interesting scene is the circus motif and that is one isn't complete. Do you think this could possibly be as old as the clothing worn in the puzzles suggests?

I found each of the next two on your website, thought you might be interested in seeing other examples.

" Hector the Protector ", Buckingham.
Your website notes that this Buckingham box design was from the 1930's, this puzzle is missing 2 pieces.

" On With the Hunt "

This one is complete and in very good condition. I saw several like it on your website, however I didn't see any dates? Would it be possible way to date this?

Thanks in Advance for your consideration,
"TC"
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from Jim McW--9 June 2004:

We believe "The Neighborly Chat" and "The Oyster Fleet" likely to be from the 1930's, possibly 1940's. We suspect that the wooden children's puzzles are from the 1920's or earlier, possibly by Milton Bradley.
As for the Buckingham puzzle entitled " Hector the Protector ", we thought the title was " Odd Companions ". In any case, here's a clearer picture, " Odd Companions ", Buckingham,
The last puzzle, made by WHITMAN, in their Five Star series was issued, we think, from the 1930's to the 1940's.
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[1272]from "LR"--8 June 2004:
I have a Tuco Puzzle Miniatures, titled Warm Friends on the box. It is a TRILP-THICK Interlocking portrait puzzle. The picture covers the entire front and half of the side edges, it is of a boy and a dog in bed and the boy is reaching out to turn off his alarm clock on the nightstand. The price on the bottom of the box says 29 cents. Would you have any idea what year it was produced?
I'm guessing between 1948-1957 by the info on your website, but I didn't see any TRILP-THICK Interlocking puzzles on the website.
Thank You for any information you can give me.
"LR"
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from Jim McW--9 June 2004:

We have never found conclusive evidence for the dates of the Tuco Miniature puzzles, but we believe them likely to have been produced from the 1950's and probably into the 1960's, at least. Tripl-Thick appeared on many of the Tuco products, referring to the pieces being much thicker than those of other companies' puzzles.
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[1273]from "CBM"--9 June 2004:
Hello - I just found some wooden young children's puzzles at a thrift shop on their way to the trash bin! They were playskool and sifo. I do not see these anywhere on any collector's webpages. I see that you have some SIFO puzzles listed but very different than these. I have made some scans (not great ones) of them. Do you know of any index of puzzles such as these?
"CBM"
teddy bear, SIFO.
circus animals, SIFO.
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from Jim McW--9 June 2004:
Anne Williams, in her Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide", dates SIFO children's puzzles to the 1960's. It is interesting to note that there is a yo-yo beside the teddy bear, and it bears the name of the company.
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[1274]from "AG"--8 June 2004:
I have three puzzles, made by Jaymar. I have no date anywhere on them. The name of the puzzle is located on the top right corner of the main board and they are "Forest Warning, Departure from Oz, Don't Cry". All of the pieces are accounted for. The tag, which is located within the puzzles, state the following:
Jaymar
Wizard of Oz
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer MCMXXXIX
INLAID PUZZLE
Jaymar Specialty Co., Inc 200 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Made in the USA

Is there any information you can give me regarding dates that these could have been made and also where I can look for an appraisal.

Thank you,
"AG"
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from Jim McW--9 June 2004:
The date given refers to the year the movie was released, 1939. The puzzles were issued later, I would estimate about the 1960's or 1970's. Here's a few pictures from this series:
Don't Cry" Don't Cry ", Departure from Oz" Departure from Oz ", Forest Warning" Forest Warning ", The Plotters" The Plotters ",

We are not aware of any established appraisal service for vintage jigsaw puzzles. See our FAQ page for a brief discussion of puzzle values.
Thanks, Jim McW
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