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[1367]from "JS"--5 December 2004:
Just an observation and perhaps you are well aware of it. I recently picked up a Jiggety Jig puzzle at an auction. After putting it together, I compared it to the picture you have on your web site. I noticed that although my puzzle pieces are the same shape as yours, they are in different locations. It looks as if the stamp used to produce the puzzles was turned 180 degrees.

Thank you
"JS"
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from Jim McW--7 December 2004:
This is an excellent example of what we've been saying for some time. Many people expect to be able to buy two incomplete puzzles, in order to make one complete puzzle. The trouble is that the puzzle board bearing the artwork can be cut by the die in a number of different positions or "registers". It may be possible, but it is a hit-or-miss thing, at best.
Others commonly think they can tell whether a puzzle is complete, simply by counting the number of pieces. Again, the piece counts are often only approximate, if available at all. Even exact piece counts are no guarantee. We have acquired two or three vintage puzzles which had an extra piece, identical to one of the other pieces !
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Jim McW
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[1368]from "KMVO"--7 December 2004:
I have a friend who said that he saw a puzzle in a store and can't find it anywhere now. He said that it had a farmhouse in the upper left corner with a vast wheatfield and a tractor in the lower right hand corner. Written in the wheatfield was something like "Thank you God for everything". Does anyone know where I can get it?
"KMVO"
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from Jim McW--7 December 2004:
See no. 1336, Page 84 for discussion and a photo of this puzzle. It is out of print, so look on the secondary market.
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Jim McW
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[1369]from "LF"--6 December 2004:
jigsaw puzzle with Shakespeare quotes [No. 1112, Page 72]
I just saw MC-28 s query about this puzzle. I also had it about 30 years ago & lost it somewhere along the way & would love to do it again. Not only was it fun to do, it was a great way to impress people with how well-read you were since you could come up with a Shakespeare quote for almost any occasion & just toss it out casually. Anybody out there have 2?
"LF"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2004:
As Barbara points out in no. 1112, this was a very early Springbok puzzle, many of which often sell for $40 to $50 or more, when and if you can find them. Try some of the websites on our LINKS page, as well as the internet auction sites.
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Jim McW
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from "LF"--7 May 2005:
Thank you Jim. I did win one of these puzzles.... Regards,
"LF"
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[1370]from "T7"--7 December 2004:
I have a 336 piece board puzzle "The First Snow", No.H160, made by the Harter Publishing Co. Contained in its original box with no graphics and on the label is printed The Teaser interlocking picture puzzle. It has 20 figural pieces and is excellent.
Can you date this for me and advise where I might find more of the same.
"T7"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2004:
We believe that Harter Publishing Company flourished during the 1930's primarily. They also made at least one other line of puzzles, the well known JIGGETY-JIGS [see our Jiggety-Jig page].
We have seen very few TEASER jigsaws, but we have seen one or two on internet auctions.
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Jim McW
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[1371]from "NF"--8 December 2004:
I just pulled some old puzzles out of storage that came from my Grandmother's house. We have four old puzzles. For three of them, we have no pictures to go by, which makes it very difficult to put together! (And one of them is even two-sided!) Anyway, we finally completed the first. It is made by The Tuco Work Shops and the subject is "Gladioli". It's a pretty picture of a vase of flowers. It is made of sturdy, thick pieces that are not inter-locking. The box is in good condition and surprisingly has all the pieces. (We actually were one short, but found it right on top, in another of the puzzle boxes!) There is no manufacturer's date on the box. We found a piece of paper in the box with the signature of the man from whom my Grandparents bought their farm, which makes me think this puzzle is very old. Is there any way to find out how old it is?
"NF"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2004:
If you go to our SEARCH page, you can type in " gladioli ", and find two or more links on our site to this title. One of them will take you to our Tuco Titles page, where you would find that this Tuco puzzle was issued during the mid-1930's.
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Jim McW
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[1372]from "JL"--8 December 2004:
Dear Author of the History of Jigsaw Puzzles.

As a new puzzler (l yr) what I find interesting is the shape of the pieces, and the shape of the tongues. The tongues seem to vary for 4 - 8 in number. An old puzzle that I have is one with various shapes. Nothing the same and weird ones at that. I like it for that reason.

Most of the puzzles I have, have 6 rounded tongues, some of them vary in width and, of course, length. Maybe a fore runner of today's puzzles? Another puzzle has Star shaped pieces, some pointed and some rounded tongues, while other puzzles have a combination of stars and rounded tongue pieces. Today, the pieces are all the same but with a difference, with 2 sides the same to make it more difficult for the puzzler. Please correct me where I am wrong. Thanks.

Sincerely, "JL"

p.s. What I am thinking of doing, for my benefit, and for those who may buy the puzzles after me, is to attach a photo copy of some of the pieces on the bottom of the box.
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from Jim McW--12 December 2004:
See our GLOSSARY page for a brief discussion of some terms that people use for puzzle pieces.
There is indeed many different shapes and styles of pieces. We would say that not all modern puzzles have pieces "all the same", but many do. We, too, prefer puzzles with pieces shaped a bit more "imaginatively", but that is done in an almost infinite variety of ways. One modern puzzle maker is issuing puzzles in which each piece has a smaller piece "in its middle"!
Among our favorite older brands, Springbok, Waddington, and Eaton, to name but a few, often have unusual piece shapes.
One of the reasons some people prefer wooden puzzles is that they often have unusual shapes and variations.
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Jim McW
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[1373]from "DR"--8 December 2004:
Hi again ,
I listed a question on your page about a year ago on "The Bedford Puzzle". [no. 1132, Page 73]
Now although I did not receive any help on this particular puzzle I have now acquired another puzzle along the same lines and need your help in finding out about it please .
The puzzle is made of wood and has strange fitting pieces although they do interlock in some way or another . The box is of no help I think its just a box for holding the pieces .
It is a lovely puzzle to do but unfortunately it has 6 pieces missing .
In the bottom right hand corner is a name --it looks like E. ZAMPIGHY . with G.M 817. LITHO IN U.S.A. also in the corner so I would imagine it is a American puzzle .
Would you or any readers out there have any information on it for me .
I would appreciate this very much .
Peasant's Treasure
Thank you for you time and great site .
"DR"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2004:
Well, I did provide a little, tentative information! (Note: I have recently double-checked on that answer and find that it was in error. F.R. Hockliffe was the producer of the Bedford, during the 1930's.)
Unfortunately, I don't think anyone ever wrote in with more info on that wonderful puzzle. As for this one, identification is fairly easy, at least of the original work. It is a common theme on earlier jigsaw puzzles, often entitled "Peasant's Treasure", by E.E. Zampighi (Italy, 1859-1944). See no. 941, Page 63; our The Muddle page; and our Fairchild page.
Chris McCann includes an illustration of another example of such a puzzle, this one entitled "Happy Days", in his book, Master Pieces: the Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1374]from "VP"--12 December 2004:
I am looking for a source of figural puzzles that are not custom made. They do not have to be made of wood either.
Hope you can help.
"VP"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2004:
Countless companies have made puzzles with figural pieces. They seem less common these days, but there is still at least a few being made. We assembled one just the other day.:
Kitten Tales"Kitten Tales", by MASTER PIECESTM Kitten Tales"Kitten Tales", showing the figural pieces.
This puzzle not only is shaped, but has 12 figural pieces (four butterflies, four cats, and four ducks!).
Very fun puzzle, indeed.

The point is that figural pieces still appear in some of the puzzles of various makers. You just have to look for them. I'm not aware of any big puzzle producers who put figural pieces in ALL of their puzzles today.
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Jim McW
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[1375]from "R13"--13 December 2004:
I have a "jigsaw puzzle in a can" Hawaii, it is by Archar International inc. Can you tell me its approx. age.
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"R13"
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[1376]from "DR"--14 December 2004:
RE: no. 1337, Page 84 Daily Mail "Film Favourites"
Hi again Jim

Whilst scrolling through your great pages I came across this puzzle. I also have this puzzle in Mint condition .:
Actors in picture are --
Charles Laughton,
Jean Harlow,
Jack Buchanan,
Katherine Hepburn,
Tom Wallis,
Conrad Veidlt,
Gordon Harker,
Anne Harding,
Ralph Lynn,
Marie Dressler,
Greta Garbo,
Madeleine Carroll .
This puzzle was published by the Daily Mail Newspaper and run as a competition in 1934.
Rules were, which I have,
" To solve the puzzle then put in order of popularity the 12 film stars ,
On the ballot form 6 serial numbers cut from the Daily Mail had to be attached , entries had to been in by midday April 16th 1934.
The prize was (if you were the first correct opened ) 5000.
This puzzle was made by "Welcom" and cost 1shilling .
Hope this has been of some help to your readers and to you .

Also whilst I'm on a run your next question 1338 [Page 84]
About the "Ben Hur" puzzle --I sold one of these puzzles a few weeks back, there was not a lot of detail on the box as to who made it but the one I sold was no. 1 of a series of 4 (no titles of the others on the box .) , called " The Chariot Race ".
a puzzle with over 400 pieces making a puzzle size complete 19.5" x 13.5".
I have a picture which I am attaching for you .
The Chariot Race"The Chariot Race", BEN-HUR (the great 1959 motion picture).

Hope this helps !

Regards
"DR"
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[1377]from "SB"--15 December 2004:
I have a framed (very tiny) litho that is named FAITH.. little girl kneeling by the bedside w/her dolls.. and the name of the Louis Dow Co.. on one corner and the artist? Gene Erbit...........any info on this???
thanks.
"SB"
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from Jim McW--22 December 2004:
See no. 938, Page 62, and no. 1326, Page 83, for questions about similar puzzles. Someone sent us this picture, which may be of the same puzzle:
child praying with dollschild praying with dolls, unknown maker and title.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW--1 May 2005:
We believe this picture and probably other, similar pictures have been used by at least two or three publishers of puzzles, including A.M. Walzer and Perfect Picture.
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Jim McW
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[1378]from "S15"--15 December 2004:
I am trying to find a puzzle featuring rock climbing. Does such a thing exist?

Thank you.
"S15"
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[1379]from "IA"--15 December 2004:
Hi!

I have 3 puzzles of a set of 4. I have:
Bee Ware"Bee Ware" A Bright New Day"A Bright New Day" Foiled by Brer Rabbit"Foiled by Brer Rabbit" boxbox, Set S-825
It misses Little Pirates.
On the box, is marked The Play Time Pets Set, A Somerville Game, Made in Canada, S-825. Do you have informations? Thanks a lot and have a good day!
"IA"
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from "IA"--15 December 2004:
Hi!

It's me again. Another puzzle : A Somerville Game S-825, Made in Canada, The Kute Kids Set, You Got Him, Sis. Can you help me with this.
Kute Kids Setbox, Kute Kids Set
Thanks!
"IA"
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from Jim McW--23 December 2004:
We have seen a few of these sets. See no. 885, Page 60, and no. 1192, Page 76, for related inquiries.
Here's some other pictures we have received:
Play Time Petsbox, Play Time Pets, Somerville, Canada.
girl and her doggirl and her dog, title not known
puppy in schoolpuppy in school, title not known
We have seen a Kute Kids set, with the following titles: "Hold On Gramp", by Henderson; "Sweetest Little Fellow", by Charlotte Becker; "Let Me At'em", by Stuart; and "Little Rogue", by Maud Tousey Fangel.
Can anyone give us more information about these series?
Check also the Canadian Jigsaw Puzzles website.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1380]from "CM"--15 December 2004:
Puzzlehistory,
I'm looking for a Springbok puzzle that was out quite a while ago. It's a picture of a lot of chocolate items and on the right side (I think) of the picture is a chocolate cake with a large piece cut out. The cake is sitting on a clear glass pedestal cake plate and the cake plate has small glass balls around the edge of it. Appreciate any help. Thanks,
"CM"
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[1381]from "CH"--15 December 2004:
regarding no. 1327:
I am also looking for The Masters Family puzzle series. Ron DiCianni was the illustrator and was marketed by Rainfall. I have The Fall and Forgiven. Am looking for Light of the World and Welcome Home. Whatever you can tell me would be great. Have been looking for them for quite a while, with little success! Thanks for your time. Sincerely,
"CH"
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[1382]from "RB"--21 December 2004:
Hi,

I came across a Walzer (printing is worn, but appears to be "No. 100") cardboard backed puzzle. It is about 50 pieces and depicts a forest ranger with badge and smokey bear hat, bottle feeding a fawn at a campsite with another woodsman type man standing beside. Can you tell me when this puzzle was made, or anything else about it? Thanks.
"RB"
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from Jim McW--23 December 2004:
A version of this popular puzzle subject is featured on our Fine Arts Page.:
Saving the Orphan"Saving the Orphan", FINE ARTS, by SAALFIELD.
We are aware of TUCO, BIG TEN, and PERFECT PICTURE versions of this same subject, as well.
We believe the artist is J. Adams.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1383]from "LB"--22 December 2004:
Dear Jim McW,
Just bought a vintage puzzle: "More than 500 pieces" 16 3/4" X 22"..."from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Movie " Random Harvest " made in U.S.A. Puzzle is complete and in very good condition, vivid colors. It was made by the Squarecut Puzzle Co., New York City, New York. Box is worn and a little moldy, but whole. Can you tell me how old the puzzle is, how rare, etc.? (The movie was released in 1942.) Thanks so much!
"LB"
Random Harvest" Random Harvest "
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from Jim McW--25 December 2004:
Anne Williams, in her book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, illustrates the box for this puzzle and the puzzle for another, " Keeper of the Flame ", starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, also from the 1940's. Here's a better picture of the puzzle, sent to us some time ago.:
Random Harvest" Random Harvest "
We believe these were issued as promotional products, probably around the time of release of the films, but certainly in the 1940's. We have only seen two or three of these and only these two titles.
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Jim McW
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[1384]from "PB"--27 December 2004:
I enjoy looking for Gem Jig Saw Puzzles. I did them with my mother during the 50's. Does anyone known when they started to make them and when did they stop? How many did they make?
"PB"
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from Jim McW--2 January 2005:
We have the general impression that GEM puzzles were made during the 1950's and 1960's, and we believe that they were widely available and very popular. We would welcome better information, if anyone can enlighten us.
Check also the Canadian Jigsaw Puzzles website.
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Jim McW
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[1385]from "RC"--31 December 2004:
My husband is really into Charles Wysocki puzzles. These are the only ones he likes to put together. He has about 61 of the 1000-piece puzzles in a collection and is still looking for more. Your site and list have been a great help. Keep up the good work.
"RC"
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from Jim McW--2 January 2005:
Thanks!
Jim McW
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[1386]from "CP"--1 January 2005:
Does anyone know the name of the artist who created the beautiful scene in Springbok's, "The Night before Christmas", a 1000 piece puzzle from 1975? Reference: Inquiry # 1331. [See Page 83 - Jim McW]
Thanks,
"CP"
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[1387]from "TB"--1 January 2005:
Hi

I just purchased two jig-saw puzzles at an estate sale for a dime and I am not able to locate anything about them so I am hoping for some help. The box states lox-tite jig-saw type picture puzzles. It was made at Checkerboard Puzzle Co in Detroit Michigan. They are numbered: one of the puzzles is No. 12, The Afterglow, and the other one is No. 4, Lake Louise. They are 245 pieces, 12x16 when assembled.

Any infomation would be great.
"TB"
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from Jim McW--2 January 2005:
According to Anne Williams, Checkerboard made Lox-Tite puzzles during the 1930's. She is the author of Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide and The Jigsaw Puzzle, Piecing Together a History. She is also perhaps the leading authority on American jigsaw puzzles.
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Jim McW
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[1388]from "R28"--28 December 2004:
hi, if i could have a number or address to mail an inquiry as to whether they still have f.x. schmid 5,000 piece puzzle named gothic garden, i would greatly appreciate that thanks
"R28"
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from Jim McW--4 January 2005:
We are reasonably sure that this puzzle was issued at least four or five years ago. It seems unlikely that any retail outlet is going to have it still in stock. Your best bet is to look on the secondary market, that is, internet auction sites, garage sales, boot sales, antique shops, etc.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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