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[1389]from "HV"--3 January 2005:
Hello,

My name is _________, I am Dutch (The Netherlands). I have bought a second-hand puzzle, called The Houses of Parliament (London). It's a perfect edge 3D puzzle.

The puzzle is made by Tridi international (1996). I have also two names of distributors: Muralex Distributions Inc. And The Really Useful Games Company Ltd.

My problem is that I have no instructions for how to build the puzzle. Most of the puzzle I can build with the help of the pictures on the box, but some parts are very (too) difficult.

Do you know how I can get the instructions for this puzzle?

Thank you,

"HV"
(The Netherlands)

PS I am sorry if I wrote some words in no-good English!
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from Jim McW--4 January 2005:
I speak and read a little Spanish and a little Russian, but I just wish I could speak other languages as well as most people of the Netherlands speak English ! You spoke very well, indeed.
We have been trying to learn more about REALLY USEFUL GAMES for some years now. See no. 120, Page 9; no. 296, Page 21; no. 720, Page 50; and translated instructions for another puzzle in no. 643, Page 45.
We believe the company was founded in 1994 in London.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1390]from "MR"--29 December 2004:
I possess a puzzle by American publishing, no.6316 .:
Gnomes' Light" Gnomes' Light ", by artist Keith Parkinson.
"MR"
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from Jim McW--4 January 2005:
I don't believe we had seen this fine, old puzzle previously. Your pictures indicate that it was issued in 1990, by AMERICAN PUBLISHINGTM, a division of LJN TOYS LTD., Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1391]from "JJ"--3 January 2005:
Hello, what a great web site.

I am trying to locate a puzzle that my mother bought for my family at least ten years ago. It was a picture of an old store but everything in the store was made up of something miniature. i.e. the ceiling was a ruler, the walls were decks of cards, I can't remember too much other than it was a great puzzle and we've been looking for it ever since my mother lost it when she moved. I think the store was an old market or something...

Thank you in advance for assistance you can offer.

All the best,
"JJ"
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from Jim McW--4 January 2005:
You're probably thinking of "Trump's General Store". See no. 313, Page 22; no. 342, Page 24; no. 547, Page 39; nos. 757 and 758, Page 53; no. 827, Page 57. The artist is Joan Steiner.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--8 April 2005:
Just saw this, and thought I would let you know (if you don't already), the Trumps has been released again by Ceaco along with 5 other Joan Steiner puzzles.
Nancy
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[1392]from "MA"--4 January 2005:
Dear Messrs,

Just been working on a Philmar brand puzzle Battle of Britain puzzle bought for 50 cents Australian at a Book Fair. 400 pieces.... down to the last few pieces and ,you guessed it, three pieces missing. Here's how I solved the missing pieces of this long out of print puzzle.

From the box Artwork work out how the size of this print matches with the puzzle. This is your ratio, e.g., 131%.
If you can scan this image on to a disk, match the ratio and either give to a colour copying service (kinkos) or such or print on a good quality printer. My printer is a Hewlett Packard. Print at "best" setting, position printed sheet behind puzzle and very lightly prick outline with a needle or pin. Remove from behind puzzle and cut approx 10mm all around piece and glue onto boxboard card to match thickness of other pieces. Cut carefully around piece once dry. Any final adjustments use wet and dry emery paper used dry to fit, test fitting many times. Match gloss on original piece using artist's lacquer sold at artists supply shop. If colour is different from box artwork this may darken when lacquer is used.

Best Regards,
"MA", Australia
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[1393]from "SH"--4 January 2005:
I wonder if you could telll me when Jas Shoolbred & Co of Tottenham House Tottenham Court Road produced jigsaws.

Thank you
"SH"
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from Jim McW--4 January 2005:
Tom Tyler says c. 1910 in his British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1394]from "TH"--4 January 2005:
I have been going through some of my childhood belongings.... I found a puzzle which I was very fond of. Some pieces were missing. The puzzle is interlocking, 21 ¼ wide, 14 1/8 tall, 10 pcs on top, bottom, and both sides.The picture is of two men at a campsite, fishing in front of a water falls, and a bear is wrecking the place. The man on the left is wearing a red and white checked shirt and the one on the right is wearing a solid red shirt. Also around the edge of the puzzle is a light blue "band" with TUCO printed on it (on the border).

Thanks,
"TH"
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from Jim McW--4 January 2005:
I cannot find a picture identical to your description, but see another TUCO 100-piece puzzle in no. 1014, Page 67.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "TH"--11 January 2005:
Yes! The border does look similar.
P.S. The pieces are thicker than usual.
"TH"
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from Jim McW--12 January 2005:
I strongly suspect that the title of your puzzle is "The Camp Robber", and that it is in the same series as our puzzle, which we think must have been issued in the 1940's or 1950's. The pieces may seem thick, but they are about normal for TUCO puzzle pieces.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1395]from "D5"--5 January 2005:
Is there a basic guideline on how to choose age-appropriate jigsaw puzzles -- that is, correlate age to size of pieces and number of pieces?

Thanks.
"D5"
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from Jim McW--8 January 2005:
There is likely to be some pointers in educational psychology sources, but we cannot cite you chapter and verse.
However, see Anne Williams' book, The Jigsaw Puzzle, Piecing Together a History, in which she does briefly discuss typical developmental stages in children's puzzling skills. Keep in mind, of course, that individuals vary widely in ability, inclination, and temperament.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1396]from "P5"--5 January 2005:
I'm looking for a not-too-old puzzle depicting a thirties camping scene with an old style canvas tent, some people, and an old red pickup truck on a bluff overlooking the campsite. The artwork is similar to that of Kim Norlien or Darrell Bush. If anyone has seen this puzzle and can tell me the title or maker, I would like to try to get one. Thanks.
"P5"
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from Jim McW--10 January 2005:
Do you remember any other details about the puzzle... what company made it, how many pieces, how many years ago you saw it (or heard of it), what store did you see it in, etc.? We will try to let you know if we get any clues.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "P5"--11 January 2005:
Unfortunately, I have very little information about the puzzle I'm asking about because I only saw it briefly, last year, at a flea market. It was brand new, still sealed in plastic. There were two puzzles, the other was "Moonlight Bay" (Kim Norlien), which I bought, but I didn't have enough money for both. The other was smaller, but I don't know the actual size or number of pieces or manufacturer....I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. The details I remember most was the red pickup truck (similar to one in a Darrell Bush painting called "Cabin Fever"), an old cabin style canvas tent, a number of people, and that's about it. On the right the truck was parked on a rocky bluff overlooking the campsite. A really neat picture....
"P5"
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[1397]from "M6"--6 January 2005:
RE: no. 872, Page 59 (MB millennium puzzles)
Hi, I am also interested in these puzzles. Have you found any info? I have 1900-40'S AND 50'S-60'S. I lost them in a flood but have purchased them again on internet auctions. I know that there are four in the series, but I don't recall the title of the last one. I believe the third was 1970's-1980's.
Please let me know if you find any info on these puzzles.
Thanks
"M6"
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from Jim McW--9 January 2005:
Well, first of all, we have never been fortunate enough to acquire one of these. We have seen one, though - the 1900-1940 puzzle, which appears to feature such events and figures as the Titanic, Teddy Roosevelt, World War II, and the inventions of the automobile and the airplane. This subject also came up in Q&A no. 1298, Page 82, in which the enquirer speaks of the 1950's-1970's puzzle. However, the description in no. 872 suggests that it really is the 1950's-1960's. That person also says that the series was issued in 1999.
If there are four, the third and fourth must be either the 1970's-1980's and the 1990's, OR, the 1970's and the 1980's-1990's.
Can anyone clear up this mystery?

Keep in mind that there's also another, similar series: the KODACOLORTM series that I think was called "Decades" and included, perhaps, the 1930's, 40's, 50's, and 60's. Each puzzle contained approximately 750 pieces and came in a cardboard box.
We need more information on that series, as well.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--8 April 2005:
You said you needed more info about the RoseArt Decades puzzles, they are out of print, but company has a new series called Generations, if you need to see them they are under that title on our web site.
Nancy
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[1398]from "KH"--7 January 2005:
I have a puzzle that I have had since the late 60's. It says on it "Made in England. Copyright G.J. Hayter & Co." It is a wooden circus puzzle and I have been unable to find anything at all on it. Are you familiar with this puzzle?
"KH"
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from Jim McW--9 January 2005:
You could be referring to any several different puzzle made by that great company over many years, but I suspect that you may have a version of this puzzle: Circus"Circus", with 12 cut-out models, by VICTORYTM.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Keith--19 January 2005:
Hi Jim
The Cut Out Circus Puzzles (CIR Puzzles ) were published in two sizes 13"x 6.5" and 14.5"x 9.75" both had 12 cut-outs. Although most surviving copies were made after 1946 they were one of the few series that started and continued to be made throughout the war in limited numbers, probably because they were used in children's hospitals. They continued to be made right into the 1970's although Spears dropped many other lines, only the cut changed. They must have been one of the longest running of the Victory Puzzles.
Regards,
Keith
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[1399]from "KK"--7 January 2005:
I have a big ben puzzle , everything looks like a type 2 or 3, however the milton bradley logo is on top. It is called " A Summer Day ", and Dave Nichols is the artist. I was wondering if you could give me any more information or not....
"KK"
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from Jim McW--9 January 2005:
I suspect that the artist may be DALE Nichols, who has a distinctive style. See this puzzle, compare the style, and tell us if they are at all similar: Summer in the Country"Summer in the Country", by Dale Nichols, WHITMAN GOLD SEAL.
Sterling Mason lists " A Summer Day ", by Dale Nichols, as a TUCO puzzle. It looks as though it is slightly similar, but brighter and with a barn and silo.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1400]from "DF"--8 January 2005:
I wonder if you could tell me when Royal Vera Puzzles were produced. Made by Jouets Vera Paris.
Many thanks
"DF"
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from Jim McW--9 January 2005:
Vera was active from about 1920 until sometime after World War II.
SEE no. 1241, Page 79, for more information.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1401]from "PE"--10 January 2005:[SEE our Frank M. Hamilton Page]
The title of the Frank Hamilton print that "C24" was looking for might be titled After The Rains. It features an old house, muddy road with a wagon and a large dinner bell in the foreground of the house. My print is from 1978, Donald Art Co., NY, no.9246.
Does anyone else know anything about this print?
Thanx
"PE"
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[1402]from "GSR"--12 January 2005:
Hi,
I am looking for the puzzles photographed by "kasia" simply described as the works of Alfonse Mucha. REF: no. 1052, Page 69, from "kasia"-30 July 2003.
Could anyone tell me the name of the manufacturer of these. I am desprately trying to track them down for my husband. I have been searching for over a year with no luck. Please help
Thank you
"GSR"
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from "kasia"--13 January 2005:
Dear Jim,

I do remember the maker - it was DINO. I am not sure whether they are available somewhere else than in Poland...And as far I know, DINO is connected to RAVENSBURGER - it's a German puzzlemaker (www.ravensburger.de).
"kasia"
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from "GSR"--13 January 2005:
Dear Jim,
Thank you for your prompt reply. It turned out that all I needed was the manufacturer's name to track down a company in Canada that had all four of the puzzles of the series in stock. I am delighted and wondering why writing to you never occured to me before.
Thank you so much.

Best Regards
"GSR"
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[1403]from "MS"--10 January 2005:
Hi, I have a jigsaw puzzle that I enjoy doing, called "The Talking Jigsaw Puzzle". I bought it at Goodwill a few years ago. It is two-sided and has 560 pieces. On the main side are 113 squares comprised of four puzzle pieces, which make a frame with written clues. These clues give you an idea of where to place the square in the larger puzzle. On the back side are written the word 'congratulations' in several fonts, so you can tell if you have got the front side correct or not. The box says 'copyright 1991 Don Scott Associates'. A google search I did turned up neither Don Scott Associates nor Talking Jigsaw Puzzle. I am writing to you to ask if you can help me find out if there are other puzzles like this. It is quite fun to solve this multi-layered puzzle. Thank you.
"MS"
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from Jim McW--12 January 2005:
You are referring to the "TALKING PUZZLES", which were made by BUFFALO GAMES.
See no. 479, Page 34, for more information.
By the way, we were able to find one unopened copy of one of these puzzles on internet auction, but we have since sold it.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "MS"--13 January 2005:
Thank you for this reference. The person in Q&A no. 479, Page 34 was referring to the same puzzles as I was. I have the one with the apartment building. I looked at the Buffalo Games web site, and found some currently manufactured puzzles that look similar to the older Talking Puzzles, specifically the 'X-Puzzles' and the 'Lost in a Jigsaw' puzzles. Thanks for the information.
"MS"
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[1404]from "A9"--9 January 2005:
Can anyone help me, looking for more info about the established toy firm of Peacock & Co taken over by Chad Valley 1931.
Researching family history, any help however small would be most grateful.
"A9"
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from Jim McW--15 January 2005:
Tom Tyler, in his British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century, mentions William Peacock, 1860-1910, as an important producer of early, wooden puzzles. Peacock is also discussed in The English Jigsaw Puzzle: 1760 to 1890, by Linda Hannas. See more about these great books on our SALE pages ( Page 1 ).
You can look for these books in your local library. Also, someone out there may write in with some information.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from JS--20 January 2005:
Hi Jim,
There is a little info about Peacock on my website at http://www.icollectpuzzles.com/English/english.htm .
JS
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from Jim McW--23 December 2006:
See also no. 1750, Page 107
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Jim McW
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[1405]from "SA"--14 January 2005:
....I love your website. I am not a collector but an enthusiast. I only shop for puzzles at thrift stores. They are the best places to find older puzzle, which are usually better than new ones. I like to work all kinds. Big, small, round, square, whatever. The hardest one that I ever worked was made by Hoyle and was a picture of tons of dice. The biggest I ever worked was a MB Colossus. The interesting thing about it was that the cut of the pieces was repeated about 3/4 of the way across the puzzle. I especially like still life, boats, and balloons. Keep up the good work and thanks for all of the info.
"SA"
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from Jim McW--15 January 2005:
"SA" sent in some additional titles for our Big Ben list of titles, and we thank her for those AND for these kind words and interesting comments.
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--8 April 2005:
Have the Dice puzzle, started putting it together years ago, cat decided to play in it, now in box. Don't even want to think about putting it together.
Nancy
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[1406]from "MV"--14 January 2005:
I am looking for a 1000 or 1500 jigsaw of Malcolm Root the train painter. It is made by King International and is called "Road meets rail" it has a blue bus in the centre and a train going over a bridge in the background. Does anyone know where I can purchase one or two of them?
Regards.
"MV"
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[1407]from "PKS"--14 January 2005:
RE: Macy's jig saw puzzles
Hello,
Recently I found this puzzle at a yard sale. It is called "Tavern". The name is typed , as well as the 100 for the puzzle amount. The box is made out of wood and it appears to be fine dove tail joining. Inside the box is a small piece of paper that reads sawed by 23, polished by initials, inspected by R, and the date of 3-30-33. All of this is handwritten in pencil. It is very beautiful, and the puzzle is complete. What do you think that the value is for something like this. I paid one dollar for this. Thank you for your time.
"PKS"
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from Jim McW--15 January 2005:
Your description sounds like a Parker Pastime puzzle, except for the wooden box. However, Anne Williams, in her book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, mentions that Macy's and Bamberger's published some jigsaw puzzles in wooden boxes, which puzzles very much resembled Parker Pastime puzzles and may have been cut by Parker.
As for the value, we are not appraisers, but I think we can assume that you got your dollar's worth, at the least, even if the puzzle is not complete!
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from JS--20 January 2005:
I have some wooden puzzles that were made by Traydac, a company in Pennsylvania. They are very similar to Parker Pastime puzzles but there are subtle differences. They are in dovetailed wooden boxes and are identical to some of the Macy's and Bamburger puzzles and boxes, but don't match all of them. I believe that these department stores were not sole-sourced to Parker.
JS
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[1408]from "DD"--15 January 2005:
I bought a picture in 1985 at a local antique shop in Parry Sound, Ontario titled "Winter Sets In" by Frank M. Hamilton. Searching the website I did not see this picture mentioned anywhere and am curious to see if anyone is familiar with it. I believe it is an oil painting but don't know enough about paintings to identify an original from a print. It is a side view of a barn with two chimney's at each end with an old wagon in front and a stone wall separating the two.
"DD"
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from Jim McW--15 January 2005:
We don't know any more about paintings or prints than you. In any case, we have added your information to our Frank M. Hamilton page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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