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[1455]from "PP"--18 March 2005:
Hi,

I ran across your website while looking for information on some older puzzles put out by Woolworth’s in the 1970’s. I went through your Q & A’s and didn’t see anything about these puzzles. I cannot send a picture right now.

Apparently, they were put out as Woolworth’s promotional puzzles for $1.27 in the 70’s. They are reproductions of old Liberty magazine covers FROM 1927 & 1937.

puzzle #1 " scene soda fountain ", by Frank Packard, dated 6/25/1927. " Liberty 5 cents " is written across the top. it’s a 500 piece puzzle measuring 14 inches by 20 inches, completed. The actual scene is a man and woman sitting at a soda fountain looking at menus. At the bottom of the puzzle is written " The devil’s mantle ".

puzzle #2 It is the same type of puzzle. It depicts Liberty magazine, 5/8/1937, " swinging in the spring ", by artist Robert Gittarris. It’s also 500 pieces, 14 inches by 20 inches, complete. It depicts a scene with a man and a woman swinging in a swing under cherry blossom trees. The unusual thing on the puzzle is the red circle with the words " Will Hays tells us what the movie days are coming to" and, below that, the comment " What would jesus teach about social hygiene ? ", by Rev. Dr. Charles Sheldon Author, ‘In His Steps’.

If you have ever seen or heard of these puzzles or know of anyone who has I would appreciate any information. I love your website and I know I will find it very useful in the future. I am already looking at puzzles to purchase! Your site is a real treasure with an incredible wealth of information!

Thank you,

"PP", from a small town in minnesota that just got dumped on by 2 feet of snow, just before Easter!!!!
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from Jim McW--20 March 2005:
I think we have seen these:
soda fountain scendsoda fountain scene, unknown title, by Frank Packard, MILTON BRADLEY.
Swinging in the Spring" Swinging in the Spring ", by Robert Gittarris, MILTON BRADLEY
These really are treasures!
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "PP"-- 2005:
Hi, Jim,

I just wanted to thank you for responding to my questions about the 2 " Woolworth’s Puzzles ".

I appreciate your posting my message with the pictures you located. I visit your site regularly and really enjoy all it has to offer.
Sometimes when I’m not too busy I just read through your hundreds of Q&A’s and puzzle chat. I am looking for a couple of the books you suggested on the history of Springbok and other puzzles.

I’ve watched your Question site. I wonder if anyone else has ever run across any of the Milton Bradley " Liberty " puzzles. They are rather interesting. One of the things that attracted me was the Woolworth’s sticker’s for $1.27, and the moral references of the times; comments by Will Hays vs. Rev. Dr. Charles Sheldon, etc.

Thank you again for taking the time to research my puzzles and posting my question.
"PP"
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from Jim McW--4 April 2005:
We have seen four puzzles from this series, and we suspect that there may be others. We believe they were issued in 1971. Anyone who has titles and/or pictures of other puzzles in this series - we ask you to write us.
They are especially enjoyable for us, since we have always enjoyed reading old magazines, which really are great windows on the past.

By the way, for those who are looking for books about jigsaw puzzles, see our SALE pages for a few offerings of such books as we may find from time to time, as well as a few jigsaw puzzles, mostly vintage.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1456]from "MJ"--19 March 2005:
We bought my daughter a puzzle and she has put it together and would now like to make it into a picture. I have never glued a puzzle together before so I am wondering how to do this. I have a board cut to the correct size of the puzzle and a few bottles of rubber cement. I am wondering if we can take the puzzle apart one piece at a time and glue it one piece at a time on the board with the rubber cement? Will this work or not? Thanks for your help.
"MJ"
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from Jim McW--20 March 2005:
See our FAQ Page for a brief discussion of this topic, as well as some links to other advice on various pages of our site, mainly from more knowledgeable people who have written in with ideas on the best ways to do this.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1457]from "JW"--19 March 2005:
RE: No. 378, Page 27
Hi;
I just purchased "Flight 747 Cleared For Takeoff" on an internet auction.... The puzzle was made by April House and although the box says approximately 650 pieces, it actually is 1026 pieces. I bought this still in the shrink wrap. I assembled the outside edge to find out that there was 1 duplicate piece and 3 missing pieces. I sorted out the rest of the puzzle and did a piece count and found that there is also 3 missing inside pieces. BUMMER!!! I had one of these back in 1976 and returned it to the store because it was missing a piece. They didn't have another to exchange, so I ended up getting a refund.
"JW"
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from Jim McW--20 March 2005:
It is very, very common for people to think that pieces are missing, right up to the last two or three pieces. You probably won't be able to return this one, since the seller normally only guarantees that it's unopened. On the other hand, if you go ahead and enjoy the puzzle, as is, there is a chance that it will turn out to be complete. In any case, you will have the enjoyment of working 99.44% of what we regard as a somewhat scarce puzzle.
Many times, we have "known" that a puzzle was incomplete, including missing edge pieces, and it turned out to be complete, after all. They sometimes have a tricky way of cutting the pieces and/or we get two almost identical pieces switched. Besides, there is no way for you to be SURE that there are three pieces missing, since the number of pieces is different from what the box says.
The glass is half empty... or, it is half full.... Good luck, and thanks, Jim McW
Jim McW
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[1458]from Keith--20 March 2005:
See this puzzle on our Wooden Puzzles page and in our SALE section.
Hi Jim,
I have just realised the title of your Huvanco puzzle should read " Jewels of the East " not Jewel. It is listed as 500 pieces, Series 14, Cat. No. 1735 nominal size is 19"x 15" and was priced at 22/6.
Regards,
Keith
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from Jim McW--20 March 2005:
We have made the correction on those pages. The box label does agree with your information. Of course, we assume that the number of pieces given was only approximate, as usual. We counted 522 pieces. Thanks, and a good catch. Jim McW
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[1459]from "KL"--20 March 2005:
Hi,

Firstly I'd like to say how informative I found your site.

As you say, the Mammoth puzzles were produced by The Queensway Press, 10 Great Queen Street, London W.C.2.

I just wondered if you'd like another picture of a Mammoth jigsaw puzzle to add to your Mammoth page.
Canterbury Cathedral" Canterbury Cathedral "
Canterbury Cathedral[box]
It's of Canterbury Cathedral U.K. Puzzle number 56. I bought this last week for approximately 60 cents, at a jumble sale. ( Worth every penny) Or should I say, cent. What I really found unusual was that the outer edges of the jigsaw are scalloped and this made what I expected to be a simple jigsaw, quite difficult to do, as I usually connect the outside pieces and then work inwards.
"KL"
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from Jim McW--20 March 2005:
We have posted this puzzle on our Mammoth Puzzles Page. That was indeed a bargain, at 60 cents or 60 pence !
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1460]from "JPC"--1 March 2005:
Thought your readers might be interested in a new puzzle Warren Industries is introducing this year. It is in limited distribution right now, but will be rolling out to more retailers as the year progresses.

Check out the web site:
www.esphera360.com

For puzzlers, these puzzles are challenging and still fun. The challenge is mostly related to the fact the puzzle is made of curved plastic pieces which will build into a sphere. The puzzles come with a stand for displaying the finished work (you'll want to display it for your friends because its so unique). There are also juvenile titles with only 60 pieces for younger puzzlers.

If you local store does not have, ask them to carry it. It was a big deal at the 2005 NY Toy Fair this year. They all should have heard of it. You can also find it on some of the major retail web sites.

Enjoy,
"JPC"
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[1461]from "JS"--2 March 2005:
Is Pacific Puzzle Co. still in business? I have a wooden United States puzzle map and 3 states NJ, Conn. & Mass. are missing.
Wish to replace. Thanks,
"JS"
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from Anne Williams--30 October 2005:

Pacific Puzzle Company shut down in the late 1990s. They made terrific children's puzzles for several decades. Anne Williams (puzzles@bates.edu)
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[1462]from "MA"--8 March 2005:
Love your website,

....I have sent this mail as a query to any information you can provide....an old puzzle....

It is a JAYMAR box puzzle, "TWA Constellation". The puzzle depicts the TWA Constellation flying over New York City. I [have] viewed your website and seen several "PAN AM" puzzles, but no "TWA". Any thoughts on comparable puzzles...?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
"MA"
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from Jim McW--27 March 2005:
We believe that JAYMAR published a series of boxed puzzles about TWA flights, probably in the 1950's or early 1960's. We have seen one, entitled "English Countryside", as well as a frametray puzzle, "In the Clouds", both of which depict 4-engine prop planes, which we believe to be Constellations.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1463]from "SS"--22 March 2005:
I am trying to find information on a Milton Bradley puzzle entitled Twilight Express. It is a train puzzle that makes three-dimensional train cars. I find the Milton Bradley name on the front, but do not find a date on the box. Any information anyone? Thank you.
"SS"
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from Jim McW--27 March 2005:
Anne Williams refers to such a puzzle in her great book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, as a puzzle from the first third of the 20th century, from MILTON BRADLEY.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1464]from "WMC"--24 March 2005:
Dear Keith:
I have a friend who has been given wooden jigsaws from an departed Uncle (most still untouched) by Chad Valley. Some 300 pieces, some 600, are they worth anything?. He isnt worried either way, it's just, if they are, he does'nt want to spoil them in any way, if they are not, then he can open one and try to do the jigsaw. I'd love to know more about them, too, as they look lovely. One in particular is of a family dressed in I'm guessing the 1930's style and it looks like a family all sitting together doing a jigsaw(?).
Would be grateful of all or any advise or comment.
Thanking you for your time
"WMC" (Scotland)
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from Keith--28 March 2005:
Hello "WMC",
Chad Valley puzzles have a following of dedicated collectors and are very sought after, their value varies considerably, depending upon rarity, subject matter, size of puzzle and overall condition of both puzzle and box.

I suspect that the picture of a family doing a jigsaw may not be the subject of the jigsaw itself, such pictures were often used on box lids, the title should be shown somewhere on the box - it would be as well to check this to see if it fits in with the image you describe.
The titles are well documented in the various catalogues that Chad Valley produced over the years and these can give a clue as to possible value of those your friend has.

Regards,
Keith
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from "WMC"--14 April 2005:
Dear Jim and Keith,
thank you for answering me:)
I have two Chad valley jigsaws reg No.784900 (same reg on both).
One jigsaw is "Exeter Cathedral" with approx 400 pieces. The other is " Azaleas & Wistaria" approx 400 pieces.
Other's I am still trying to trace are:

G.W.R. and is "Harvard House. Stratford-upon-Avon ", 400 pieces

The "Victory" (art series). Subject is "The Far West Coast" (price say's 7/6 lol).

Jig Saw Puzzle:
A Pastime For Young And Old:
Delta series:
Landscapes, seascapes & general subjects:
Series:Gardens
Pieces: about 350 .
Subject: "Garden Steps.Blichling Hall."

Any help in any way would be ever so grateful... Thank Keith for me too ok?. Thanks again, Jim and wont keep you any longer
"WMC"
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from Keith--28 March 2005:
Hi Jim,
" Harvard House,Stratford upon Avon", over 10,000 copies sold, is still readily found. Date 1932-1936, No. 2348.

"Exeter Cathedral" , if it really has 400 pieces, may be from around the early 1950's. If it has 150 or 200 pieces, it may be earlier.

"The Far West Coast Victory" Art Series puzzle at 7/6, 300 piece, size unknown, 1932. This would be a very early Victory Art Puzzle and pretty hard to find.

"Garden Steps Blichling Hall", Delta is A.V.N. Jones of course.

Hope this helps a little,
Keith
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[1465]from "J27"--27 March 2005:
I recently aquired 2 wooden puzzles from the Milton Bradley Movie Land series. One is " Beau Gest " and the other is " The Red Mill ". Any info would be helpful; yr made., price then, any value now.

Thanks,
"J27"
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from Jim McW--29 March 2005:
See Anne Williams' great book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, which mentions such a series from the 1920's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1466]from "RL"--28 March 2005:
Hello--
I am looking for information on a Nathan puzzle from the early to mid-1970s. It featured a photo of an American LaFrance firetruck that served Stratford, NJ, USA as Truck 6414. I now own that truck, and would love to track down info on the puzzle, or find one for sale.
The title of the puzzle was in French, and was "Vehicle de Incendi" or similar. I believe it was 500 pieces. I'd appreciate any info you might have. Thanks.
"RL"
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