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[1531]from "KF"--24 July 2005:
RE: Ev. OttenFeld
I have a picture just like the puzzle. Signed by this artist. It looks like it is dated 7929, but it must be 1929. I would also be interested in learning more about this artist.
THANKS,
"KF"
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from Jim McW--22 July 2005:

Once again, we have received an inquiry, but no inquiry number is given, so we're not sure with which inquiry it is in reference.
We assume this refers to no. 975. We collect below everything we know of this artist and his work:
[975]from "PL"-13 April 2003:
I have A Lithograph of "It's Raining Moonbeams". Eu or Ev Ottenfeld. 1929. I can't find any info. on the Artist. Is it possible that you can direct me in the area or books that I need to acquire the information I need. I don't know where the artist is from or history of.
Thank you !
"PL"
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from Jim McW--13 April 2003:
We know of one other puzzle, presumably by this artist:
Moonlit Waters"Moonlit Waters", by Ottenfeld.
I asked Chris McCann, who says that he has the name as Ed Ottenfeld, but that that he has no further information.
Does anyone have any other information on this artist?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1242]from "SC"-18 April 2004:
In response to April 13, 2003 inquiry to Moonlit Waters [No. 975, Page 64], I have a print of the picture "Its's Raining Moonbeams", by EU. Ottenfeld.
I too would like to know something about the painter, I have looked everywhere has anyone been luckier that I have. Below is the picture.
It's Raining Moonbeams"It's Raining Moonbeams".
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[1318]from "KC"--21 August 2004:
Re: Painting by Ottenfeld
I have a framed painting of this work. It may be the original, dated 1929 . It was purchased in Holland soon after liberation in the 1940's by a Canadian soldier. What can you tell me about the artist, please.

"KC"
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from Jim McW--22 August 2004:

Moonlit Waters"Moonlit Waters", by Ottenfeld.
We assume you mean the painting from which this puzzle was adapted. It is sometimes referred to as "It's Raining Moonbeams".
We have found almost no information about this artist.
Can anyone provide us leads?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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NOW, continuing with the present 24 July 2005 entry, we have no record of any other painting by this artist nor information about him, other than what we have gathered above, simply by using our quite useful SEARCH page.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW -- 6 May 2008:

"GE", from Shreveport, Louisiana, wrote us with some excellent search results.: The artist's name was Eugen Von Ottenfeld, and he apparently was Austrian and lived from 1874 to 1947. Thanks!
Jim McW
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[1532]from "SS"--24 July 2005:
Hi there ~

Iím writing in hopes of learning more about this folder-style Picture Puzzle (No. 8107) made by Louis F. Dow Co.:
2 Picture Puzzle" 2 Picture Puzzle " Cocker Spaniel" Cocker Spaniel "
Itís got 80 pieces and I can make out "Louis _____ Co. St. Paul Litho in U.S.A." in the bottom left corner of the puzzle itself. Part of the name is obscured by the break in the puzzle pieces. Through a bit of research, I learned that this is Louis F. Dow Company.

Since the cover describes it as "2" puzzles, I assume itís missing one of the puzzles from the inside. The remaining puzzle is of a handsome Cocker Spaniel. Iíd like to know itís approximate age, if possible.

Thank you very much for your help,
"SS"
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from Jim McW--25 July 2005:

Here's two other sets we've seen:
2 Picture Puzzle" 2 Picture Puzzle", [canyon, canoe]
2 Picture Puzzle" 2 Picture Puzzle", [flowers, river path]
We're not sure of the age, but we suspect the 1950's. We're also not sure of the maker. The Louis F. Dow Company may have only provided the pictures.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1533]from "MB"--25 July 2005:
I have also got a puzzle which is a 'can of blue paint'. Not sure where I got it from but I am very interested in purchasing the red and yellow 'cans of paint' puzzles. My daughter thinks it's the best puzzle around!
Would you be able to tell me where I could get them and how much they are?
Thank you for your time.
"MB"
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from Jim McW--25 July 2005:

We believe these were issued probably at least 15 or 20 years ago, so they won't be available in stores. You may find them occasionally on the secondary market.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW--25 August 2005:

See also no. 41, Page 3; no. 494, Page 35; no. 555, Page 40; no. 945, Page 63; and no. 1524, Page 95, for more discussion of Synergistics puzzles. There is also some similar puzzles, such as " Little Red Riding Hood's Hood ", by SPRINGBOK, which are all one color.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW--1 September 2005:

We have heard from an experienced puzzler, who mentions the "Springbok Family Paint Can Puzzles", Seek n Find, 400 pcs.
These have some pictorial elements, but are basically "all blue or all red", and they do come in paint can-type containers.
Is this what you were after, or the puzzles which were all one solid color?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1534]from "DJK"--25 July 2005:
Do you know of any pictures or series that included "motif #1 in Rockport Ma? The original oil painting was of the famous red building on the harbor with a smaller unpainted building behind it and boats and a fisherman on the wharf? It was painted by "Kara". I believe at least one puzzle was copied from the original?
I know this is a long shot but if you have any info, please let me know.
"DJK"
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[1535]from "E1"--29 July 2005:
RE: " Yellow Bird ", no. 264, Page 19; no. 728, Page 51; no. 1049, Page 69; no. 1205, Page 77; no. 1291, Page 81
I have the entire painting of this picture. I do not know anything about it. I assume it is a reproduction on cardboard. My picture has more detail in that a full door is displayed as well as some sort of book case and the entire floor beneath the children is visible. The picture has a signature in the lower left corner of Edmund Adler, and on the back of the picture is a stamp with the following "Edmund Adler, CS1271, Yellow Bird, 30 x 24.
Do you think this is a reproduction? I know absolutely nothing about pictures, just thought it was cute picture at a yard sale and paid a dollar for it! I have tried finding it on the net, but I can not find "Yellow Bird", but Adler did paint one called "Interior Scene with children watching bird" could this be one in the same? I don't know because I have not been able to actually see the "Interior Scene" picture from the net?
"E1"
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from Jim McW--2 August 2005:

One of the earlier entries mentioned above cites a 1500-piece MILTON BRADLEY puzzle of this title, bearing the date of publication of 1965, a series number of 5621-3, and identifying it as a reproduction of the original oil painting done by Edmund Alder, Austrian, 1876-1965. I am quite sure that the correct spelling is Adler, not Alder. We suspect that the original title may have been " Kinder mit Kanarienvogel ".
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1536]from "DC"--29 July 2005:
RE: no. 1418, Page 88
I also have the Kodacolor Vicious Circles, C Major 9. It's just about done. I got the center finished first, which is the obvious blues. Then the outer next rim which will make sense once you start. Then you'll see the next pattern and go in from there... and so on. You'll get it.
-"DC"
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[1537]from "AN"--30 July 2005:
Hi,
I have a 500 + sealed puzzle from the Jaymar Specialty Co. It is numbered 256, and is titled
Mother's Mark" Mother's Mark", JAYMAR (Wild West).
It has no date, and says "Copyright = Drawing Board." I was wondering if you could tell me if this was from the 50's or 60's.

Thank you.
"AN"
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from Jim McW--6 August 2005:

We think your puzzle was issued in the 1960's, but that's just a guess. There seems to have been at least two box types for this series. Here's an example of another type, which we presume to be slightly earlier.:
Going Home" Going Home ", JAYMAR WILD WESTTM.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1538]from "DS-in NC"--31 July 2005:
I have recently purchased a print or copy of "Gone for the Summer" painting by Frank M. Hamilton. It is in very good condition. It is matted and mounted in a old wooden frame.
I have a question that I hope someone can answer: it has: (C) 1969 D.A.C. NY in the lower left-hand corner. Is this the printers name and year it was copied? What does D.A.C. stand for? Also is this the year it was printed? There are no other marks, like print number and total prints made on it-front or back. The title and Frank M. Hamilton is in the lower right-hand corner.
I fell in love with this picture the moment I saw it, and now after seeing more of his work on this page would like to see other paintings he has done.
Thanks,
"DS-in NC"
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from Jim McW--2 August 2005:

We suspect that the D.A.C. NY stands for Donald Art Co.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1539]from "RE"--1 August 2005:
Can you give me any information on two old puzzles:
Chilcote Co. Jigger Jig, Series C No. 17 "Ancient China" - copyright 1933
and
Built Rite picture puzzle No. 300 "Big Thompson River."

Thank you.
"RE"
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from Jim McW--5 August 2005:

See no. 1438, Page 89 for some information on Jigger Jig and Chilcote.
Can you send pictures of the puzzles or the boxes?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1540]from "TM"--2 August 2005:
I'm trying to see how old a puzzle is. Can you tell if there is a site I can go to for information on puzzles? My puzzle has guild jigsaw puzzle on the front with the name whitman in a black oval and I think the name of the puzzle is "mazinaw lake,ont, can." It has 304 machine-cut pieces and the price is 39 cents. On the side it said made by western publishing company,inc racine,wis 53404.
Any info would be of great interest.
thanks.
"TM"
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from Jim McW--5 August 2005:

Your puzzle may be similar to this one, which we suspect was issued circa the 1960's.:
Mazinaw Lake" Mazinaw Lake, Ontario ", WHITMAN GUILDTM, 304 pieces.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1541]from "CP"--7 August 2005:
I have a Windsor Jig puzzle entitled Trophy of the Hunt. It has a picture of George Washington on it. Do you know how old it is...?

Thanks
"CP"
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from Jim McW--8 August 2005:

See our WINDSOR page, to see two examples of the WINDSOR JIG, which we believe may have been made by Bradley, rather early, perhaps in the 1930's or so.
If your puzzle (the box) looks very much different from those illustrated on that page, can you send us a picture of it?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1542]from "BLK"--8 August 2005:
I have come in possession of a Mayfair Jig Picture Puzzle.
It is scroll cut in over 200 pieces.
Box is red/yellow with 2 squirrels. It indicates NO. 4934, Perfection....
Signature on completed puzzle picture in bottom left corner is Gene Pressler.
The picture is the back of a woman (her head turned in profile) in a lace dress, sitting at her dressing table and looking in a handheld mirror.
Do you know the year this puzzle was made?
Thank you!
"BLK"
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from Jim McW--9 August 2005:

From your description, we would guess the 1930's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1543]from "EP"--9 August 2005:
Hi,

I have a puzzle of Boston Garden. The label on the box reads R.H. Stearns Co. Boston Stationary Dept. with a typed #9 next to it.
About 300 pieces. Someone has handwritten on the box 1869. I have searched the internet but cant seem to find much on R.H. Stearns.

Thank You,
"EP"
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from Jim McW--12 August 2005:

Anne Williams, in her book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide mentions this company as a maker of adult handcut wooden puzzles circa the 1930's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Anne Williams--30 October 2005:

R. H. Stearns was a Boston department store. In the 1930s they sold jigsaw puzzles under their own brand name. But I can't be sure what puzzle company actually manufactured the Stearns puzzles. It might have been the Cape Cod Puzzle Co. which had very similar cutting designs. But that is just a guess. Anne Williams (puzzles@bates.edu)
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[1544]from "Betty"--12 August 2005:
I have three Frank M. Hamilton originals all purchased from Challis Gallery in Laguna Beach. I am still enjoying them.
1. "Jenner by the Sea", WC
2. "Early Spring", Acrylic (from Jerome)
3. "Shooting the Hozu Rapids", WC (Kyoto, Japan)

"Betty" (pictures below)
Jenner By the Sea" Jenner By the Sea ", watercolor.
Early Spring" Early Spring ", acrylic.
Shooting the Hozu Rapids" Shooting the Hozu Rapids ", watercolor.
"Betty"
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[1545]from "SB"--12 August 2005:
We are in possession of two wooden Parker Brothers Pastime puzzles:
The Trapper" The Trapper ",
500 pieces---1 edge piece missing, 50+ figured pieces, 23 X 15.5 inches.
[usually otherwise entitled " Silent Places ", by Oliver Kemp - JDM]
knight, unknown titlehorseman in armor, title not known, 1300 pieces (2 missing), 73+ figured pieces, 38 X 27.5 inches.

Both labels are available with notations of: pieces, sawed by, polished by, and inspected by; neither puzzle has a date, some edges of pieces are rough, worn, or damaged.
"SB"
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from Jim McW--13 August 2005:

The one entitled "The Trapper" is often referred to as "Silent Places". The other looks familiar, but I do not place it. See a slightly similar puzzle we sold several years ago, entitled " The Conquerors ", on Page 4 of our "Items We Have Sold" section. The interior labels of Pastime puzzles often included a date of issue, but sometimes the date line was left blank. In some cases, it may be unreadable.
I would guess the late 1920's to early 1930's, but they could be somewhat earlier. If you can provide pictures or photocopies of the labels, they yet may give a clue as to the approximate time of issue.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1546]from "FF"--13 August 2005:
I was wondering if you had ever heard of "Variety Puzzle Picture Weekly Puzzle" . From what the box is marked it was manufactured in Buffalo, New York. The price of the puzzle was 25 cents, and the one that I have is titled, " Tyrolian Waters ".

Any information that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. The box is quite old, by the way.

Thank you for your anticipated response.
"FF"
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from Jim McW--13 August 2005:

Viking published the well known Puzzle Picture Weekly during the 1930's, but I had not heard of Variety Puzzle Weekly Puzzle. However, Anne Williams, in her Index of Pre-1971 U.S. Jigsaw Puzzle Manufacturers does mention this company as a maker of adult diecut puzzles circa the 1930's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1547]from "PK"--15 August 2005:
Hello,

I'm a little confused at the term "shaped" jigaw puzzle. As far as I can tell, it simply refers to a puzzle that is not a standard rectangle or square.

When I was a youth, I was a "problem child" . The teachers would often given me these strange jigsaw puzzles to put together to keep me busy; I've never seen them since. *Every* piece of the puzzle was a different shape. For example, there was a reptile puzzle with amazing frogs and snakes that all fit together like an M.C. Escher drawing. The puzzle as a whole was nothing special... each piece was complete by itself, so there wasn't any larger design when you put the puzzle together. The edges were ragged, with animal heads and limbs sticking out (i.e. no flat pieces). The quality was good, and the pieces were nicely cut cardboard. But the amazing thing was how the animal pieces fit together in surprising ways.

This was in the 1970's... can anyone help me out with the name or manufacturer of this series of puzzles?
"PK"
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from Jim McW--13 August 2005:

What you're seeking may be a SHMUZZLE. See our SHMUZZLES page. Also, see no. 642, Page 45, and our LINKS page for a link to the SHMUZZLES website. The good news is that they are marketing SHMUZZLES once again. However, I'm not sure how easily obtained they are in the U.S.A.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "PK"--17 August 2005:
Thanks Jim, I had forgotten about Schmuzzles!

However, while the puzzles I remember from my youth were made up of lizards, turtle, reptiles, and other animals, every piece was different. Plus, when the pieces were put together, they didn't make a coherent picture. However, it did have the same "schmuzzle" fun where it was a delight to see how legs fit into torsos which fit into heads which fit into...
PK
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from Jim McW--18 August 2005:

Now it sounds as though you are describing the "Cluster Puzzles" or "Jumble-Fits" made by Cadaco in the 1960 and 70s. There were 6 titles, initially:
Figments, Animals, Doodles, Sports, Make-Up, and Whimsies.
See no. 1046, Page 68 for an earlier discussion.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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