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[1409]from "RP"--15 January 2005:
I have a 'Perfect Picture Puzzle' titled 'Sunny Venice'. The box has No 202 on it. The puzzle has 500 pieces, Extra Large, interlocking. It's 21 1/2 X 19 1/2. Can you tell me anything more about it?

Thanks,
"RP"
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from Jim McW--15 January 2005:
We haven't seen that one in a Perfect Picture Puzzle, but we have seen it in a TUCO puzzle. See our Tuco Titles page, under LG11 and LG13 puzzles. See also Jim Ciccotti's PerfectPicturePuzzle.com, for more information.
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Jim McW
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[1410]from "RG"--16 January 2005:
I am trying to find some Chris Davenport puzzles and am not having any luck. We have one that we got years ago and love it. Do you have any advice as to where I could find them?
"RG"
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from Jim McW--16 January 2005:
See No. 722, Page 50 for a similar question and a bit of discussion.
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Jim McW
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[1411]from "JK"--16 January 2005:
I have searched everywhere but can't find any info on this puzzle. If you could help, it would be greatly appreciated.

The puzzle says the subject is Bushey Park, near Hampton Court, England series no. 5980-J.
The puzzle is of deer grazing in a park during the Fall. The top of the box says - The Puzzle with the WOOD-LIKE PIECES - TUCO THE ORIGINAL - Interlocking Picture Puzzle
The side says - thick, easy-to-handle wood-like pieces - made of upson laminated wood fibre board - The Tuco Work Shops

Would you have any idea of the time frame for this puzzle?

Thanks.

"JK"
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from Jim McW--16 January 2005:
We don't find anything like that title in Chris McCann's list of TUCO TITLES, which contains the earlier, non-interlocking Tuco puzzles.
We believe that your puzzle is probably from the 1950's or early 1960's. See our Tuco Puzzles of the 1950's pages for some box illustrations which may resemble yours. No. 5980 seems to have been used on the puzzles of several series, such as the SUPERB and the GIFT series.
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Jim McW
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[1412]from "DDE"--17 January 2005:
Hello:

I recently acquired a signed Frank M. Hamilton painting titled "Spring Airing." It is a beautiful portrayal of an old country house with a lovely colorful quilt handing on a clothes line, thus the title.

Also he has captured the tar based shingles on the front of the house. A big wooden water barrel sets to the left front of the house.

What happy memories this painting brings back to me, as my grandparents had a water barrel by their humble home.

The quilt is breath taking.

I am looking for information on the artist and the age of the painting.

Your site shows many of his paintings, but I have not seen Spring Airing shown. Any information would be appreciated.

Thank you

"DDE"
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from Jim McW--17 January 2005:
We don't know much about prints or paintings, and all we know about this artist we've posted to our Frank M. Hamilton page.
We have now added your information there, as well.
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Jim McW
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[1413]from "RR"--17 January 2005:
I have a Mini-Puzzle by Built-Rite, # 555, The Sugar Bowl of Wisconsin Dells, one piece missing. Any ideas how old or what it's worth.
"RR"
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from Jim McW--20 January 2005:
See our Frequently Asked Questions page for a brief discussion of values of puzzles. Most puzzles with pieces missing are worth much less than complete puzzles, and sometimes they are difficult to sell.
We are not very familiar with BUILT-RITE mini-puzzles. Can you send us a picture?
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Jim McW
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[1414]from "LM"--17 January 2005:
Hi, I've been looking for childhood puzzles that we had, I believe there were at least two in the series, they were children (1970s style with big brown eyes) and the children were holding flowers or a flower, I think. Each puzzle contained just one child. The boy had longish dark straight hair and big brown eyes. Maybe smiling, but not a big smile. I believe we had these in the early 1970s, and they were rectangular, vertical, and maybe about 2 feet tall, and 7 inches wide, but I could be a little off on that size. They were very soft drawings, very serious looking children.

Thanks!
"LM"
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from Jim McW--20 January 2005:
See our MILTON BRADLEY Puzzles, Page 2 for a little information on the puzzles to which I think you refer. See Gig, or Big Eyes, or Tykes, on that page. I think another company may have made some similar puzzles, though.
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Jim McW
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[1415]from "KD"--18 January 2005:
RE: No. 985, Page 65, concerning Frank M. Hamilton
I grew up doing his puzzles, but I havenít seen the four you have. The ones I have done show about 12 different small scenes, seemingly framed by wood. Heís done several National Park ones, and some that are just scenic. Iíd love to see the ones you have!

"KD"
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from Jim McW--22 January 2005:
We are collecting all the inquiries and information we have received about this artist and his work (puzzles or otherwise) on our Frank M. Hamilton page.
Also, see the two Frank M. Hamilton vintage puzzles we are selling, on our SALE pages.
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Jim McW
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[1416]from "LB"--3 December 2004:
Hi Mr. McWhorter,

Not sure if you remember me.... I finally have photos to send.... I'm hoping you'll find at least one you can use.

Thank you,

"LB"
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from "BK"--11 January 2005:
I have four Heronim puzzles and can't find the cat on Cider Time. Do you know of an e-mail address for Harry Wysocki, or a puzzle chat room where I can get someone to tell me where to find the cat?

Thanks,

"BK"
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from "LO"--18 January 2005:
RE: question #882, 994, and 1191 - Cider Time Hidden Cat and #1292 from "MP:

I wonder why he didn't just paint a black cat, like the other paintings. If you look at the squares just above the water wheel, there is a stylized outline of a cat. Could that be his cat?

"LO"
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from "Minnesota Puzzle-makers"--23 January 2005:
RE: Black Cat Mystery
My husband and I discovered your website after we unsuccessfully searched for the black cat in the puzzle "Cider Time". Is it possible that when the original picture was cropped for puzzle-making, the cat was cropped off? In the extreme lower right-hand, bottom corner of the picture, there is a black part that looks like the head of a cat. Or is it possible that the artist is "playing" with us and has put the black cat on a black roof or in a black doorway, where the cat cannot be distinguished?
Minnesota Puzzle-makers
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from Jim McW--23 January 2005:
See the entirety of this "thread", including one of "LB"'s photos of the box, on our just updated HERONIM page.
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Jim McW
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[1417]from "J22"--22 January 2005:
Hi. I am writing because my father has a used, vintage Big Ben puzzle, which my grandparents purchased for him at Salvation Army. I have searched extensively on the web to find out more about this puzzle and, while I have found numerous Big Ben puzzles, none of them are the same as the one my father has.

It is a 1000 piece puzzle with absolutley no year anywhere on the box, although it looks quite old. It has a product number, 4962-A, which I have learned through my searchings means really nothing as almost all the Big Ben puzzles are labeled with 4962. The puzzle is called "Old Friends and Old Pastimes" and shows a picture on the front of several old men sitting around a table.

I am wondering if there is anything you may know, or your website readers may know, about this puzzle. Perhaps you know a way I can tell approximately what decade this is from? I looked through your page on Big Ben puzzles and it was not pictured or listed anywhere.

"J22"
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from Jim McW--22 January 2005:
We have added this title to the list of titles on our BIG BEN page.
You may be able to guess the approximate age by comparing the style of the box with pictures on that page and on the BIG BEN website.
The picture "Old Friends and Old Pastimes" has been used on a number of different jigsaw puzzles, especially in the 1930's and 1940's. We know it was used on a TUCO puzzle and on a J.K. STRAUS wooden puzzle, as well as on this BIG BEN puzzle. Sterling Mason, in his Tuco Puzzles 1932-1957, attributes the artwork to Wasner Hohon Ceuz.
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Jim McW
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from "JC", of PerfectPicturePuzzle.com --9 February 2005:
Jim,
This is one of the earliest Big Ben puzzles, probably produced in the late 40s...
In case you're interested I've attached a picture of the box cover from my own collection.
Old Friends and Old Pastimes"Old Friends and Old Pastimes", early BIG BEN.
"JC"
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[1418]from "MS"--22 January 2005:
RE: Kodacolor Vicious Circles:
I have C Major 9. I don't have a clue how to attack this puzzle. Of course, I got the outer rim done, but after that, I felt helpless...any suggestions?

"MS"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--8 April 2005:
Turn it over and do it from the back.
Nancy
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[1419]from "IB"--23 January 2005:
Hello.

I wonder if someone could help to date a wooden puzzle I have. It is boxed, measures 8" x 10.5" and has about 65 pieces. At the bottom right is a printed signature 'J Colvin' - which I believe is one of R.A. Fox's aliases. To the right of that is printed 'H' in a circle followed by 'A237'. In the bottom left is the copyright sign with 'Made in USA' underneath. I have included a photo.
St. Bernard dog and two children by pond
"St. Bernard dog and two children by pond"
, unknown title, artist, and maker.

Thank you.................
"IB"
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[1420]from "JE"--25 January 2005:
I have been trying to find a jigsaw puzzle which was based on quotations by famous people, both dead and alive. The quotations ranged from as early as Plato to as late as Disney, Schwarzenegger, etc. Unfortunately I can't tell you the name of the manufacturer of the puzzle. It was a large puzzle, I would say in the range of 1500- 2500 pieces. It was black on white with the face of the quotee associated with each quote. Each face was like a drawing of a photo, I think. Here are some examples: General Douglas McArthur, " I shall return;" Arnold Schwarzenegger, " I'll be back !"; John Donne, " No man is an island"; Dwight Eisenhower," Things are more like today than ever before in history". Other quotes from Walt Disney, Confucius, Shakespeare, Einstein, Franklin, Churchill, Descartes, Mae West, George Burns, etc, just to name a few. It was a very difficult puzzle to say the least. I purchased it new sometime in the mid to late eighties or early 90's but somehow it got lost in a move.
If anyone can help me, I'd really appreciate it.
"JE"
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[1421]from "JH"--24 January 2005:
I was wondering if there is a new list of Heronim puzzles for the year 2005. Has he got any new ones?
"JH"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--8 April 2005:
We have the new Heronim's in stock.
Nancy
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[1422]from "WB"--26 January 2005:
Hello Jim:

I'm writing in reference to several entries concerning H&G Toys jigsaw puzzles but mainly concerning your postings of 18, and 27 January, 2004 as appears on [Page 75] .

I have Snow White
"Snow White"
, by Ottenheimer [signature beside bunny at Snow White's feet].
It is in a 12" diameter size, with 75 pieces. On the can appears: No. 431 - 49. The round can is metal (tin?) and I'm attaching a Snow White picture of it's top....

I have several questions; Is the can actually tin? Did the artist Ottenheimer paint all of the Storyland Series? Are you still of the opinion there may be 3 sizes of each Fairy Tale, ie, 96, 75, and 50 and are there round and flat containers for each? How do you interpret the No. 431 - 49?

Fortunately, my Snow White has all 75 pieces and they're in great shape. The can (tin?) is changing color and getting dull and that makes me curious as to it's metal type.

We all seem to ask; What's the value? Any thoughts?

Thank you...
"WB"
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from Jim McW--29 January 2005:
Our Q&A pages would be much diminished without the input of the many people who have helped with answers, opinions, photos, and observations, and, yes, questions.
We believe that these puzzles usually bore a three digit product number, beginning in "4", and we suggest that the 49 may refer to the "suggested retail price".
We do believe that there is at least three different series or types of cylindrical H-G puzzles, but we are not at all certain that:
-there is ONLY three series or types,
-each subject or fairy tale is represented in each series,
-that all fairy tales were the work of one artist,
-what metal is used for the canister (we suspect steel, since a magnet will stick to it).
See our "Harett-Gilmar" page for more information.

We have seen similar puzzles which were issued in rectangular boxes, including "Alice in Wonderland", "Peter Pan", and "The Wizard of Oz".

We used to try to give ranges of value, but 1) it got to be too much demand on our limited time, and b) our estimates were doomed to frequent "inaccuracy", since so many different factors influence the value of any collectibles, including jigsaw puzzles (see our FAQ page.
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Jim McW
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[1423]from "B27"--27 January 2005:
HI, I found your website and it was very interesting, but I was unable to find a puzzle like the one that I got from an auction. I know this is an oldie made by Parker Bros. inc., Salem Mass., New York & London. Title of the puzzle is 'Pretty Picture Puzzles". This much is on the original box. It contains 2 puzzles. I do not know the year it was made or the approximate value of such. I will include some pics. and really do appreciate your info. Thanks
"B27"
Pretty Picture Puzzles
"Pretty Picture Puzzles"
, unknown titles, early puzzles by PARKER BROTHERSTM
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from Jim McW--29 January 2005:
We would venture a rough estimate that this set was published in the early part of the 20th century.
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Jim McW
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