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[1548]from "BLF"--16 August 2005:
A while back my husband and I found a TUCO puzzle c. 16" X 20" of a J.F. Kernan painting called "When Seconds Count". It is a man landing a bass in a net from his boat. A couple of years later we found a large print of the original painting. We did not find this puzzle among your listings. We would like to find out if there is any significance in the fact that we have both the puzzle and a print or anything else we can find out about this artist and his relationship with TUCO puzzle company.

Thank you,
from Jim McW--16 August 2005:

Actually, if you had done a search for 'seconds' on our SEARCH page, you would have got approximately five hits, two of which have a link to our Tuco Title pages (one illustrated, the other not illustrated). The title appears there, among the McCann Code LG-24 puzzles. The puzzle was not illustrated, but it is now.:
When Seconds Count" When Seconds Count ", by J. F. Kernan.
You can also do a search for 'kernan' and find at least one other puzzle based on his artwork.

The only significance in the fact that you found a puzzle and a print by Kernan is that he was an artist whose work was extremely popular for a number of years. In fact, his art is still much admired by many (including myself), and his works were featured on a number of different lines of puzzles, including JIG OF THE WEEK and PERFECT PICTURE, as well as TUCO. The approximate period was probably 1940's to 1950's.
Jim McW
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[1549]from "BLF"--16 August 2005:
Jim: [Am sending] scans of the two paintings I have of Albo's. I met him and he painted them for me many many years ago. He was 90 years old at the time and still extremely accomplished.

Here's a large painting of my dog that August Albo did for me when he was 90 years old. He didn't speak a word of English. I had an Estonian girl friend who translated for me. Albo made 8 diagrams of just the eyes of my dog before he painted it. Very meticulous.
Caesar" Caesar ", by August Albo.

This one is a painting he did for me. It is of my dog and a girl that I liked in another painting that he did with a smaller dog. He hesitated to do it for me since he didn't like to reproduce anything that he had done before.
Caesar and Girl" Caesar and Girl ", by August Albo.

Thanks for getting back to me.

from Jim McW--27 June 2006:
There are several references to Albo scattered across our site, which we try to summarize here:
-He did a painting entitled "Free as the Wind", and he may have been associated with the Donald Art Co. [See No. 833, Page 58]
-Some people associate his name with those of A. Curtis and/or Rod Palmer. [See No. 1636, Page 101]
-A puzzle entitled "Strauss Waltz" was made from one of his works. [See our SAALFIELD Puzzles page.]
-According to "MK", "August Albo was an Estonian artist born in 1893. He studied at the Russian Royal Academy of Art and travelled and painted in many countries throughout the world. Exhibitions of his paintings were held in Estonia and Paris. Albo is known for his exceptionally versatile talent. His famous Ballerina scenes were actually painted from life in the ballet capitals of the world such as Paris, Berlin and Moscow." "MK" says, "This was found on the back of a transistor radio with a copy of his painting on the front. Actually, my father met August Albo in New York City in the early 1960's. He was a struggling artist. My father, being an Estonian immigrant himself felt sorry for him and bought quite a few of his paintings which my family still has to this date. I believe he died in the late 1960's ... that's what my mother heard. I researched August Albo at the Stanford Art Library once years ago and found a list two pages long of his paintings that reprints were made of." [See No. 897, Page 60]
-He did a painting entitled "Cascade Bridge". [See No. 70, Page 6]
-He did a painting of stallions running before a storm. [See No. 676, Page 47]
-He did a painting entitled "Woodland Pool". [See No. 916, Page 61]
-We have numerous references to his work, " Free As the Wind ", which is apparently one of his most popular.
Free As the Wind"Free As the Wind", by August Albo [Thanks to "JB"]

...And, that is the sum total of what little we "know" about August far!
Jim McW
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[1550]from "AVD", Netherlands--21 August 2005:
Over 50 years already family property: Waddington's circular puzzle, 20" diameter, over 500 pieces, showing the history of ships.
The registration on the puzzle is "REGISTERED NO. 830942", which is about the circular model I know. On the (much battered) box it says "No. 508", though this is not on the puzzle itself. As I cannot find this one among the otherwise splendid information on this site, can anyone tell me how old this one really is?
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[1551]from "AW"--21 August 2005:
Hi, I sent you pictures from the theatre last year which you have on your site.
I have another you may wish to add, one is the cover and the other is the puzzle complete....
Imperial Airways Empire Flying Boat" Imperial Airways Empire Flying Boat ", VICTORY.
puzzle" Imperial Airways Empire Flying Boat ", [puzzle]

from "AW"--30 August 2005:
Info from the box:

"This puzzle is a sectional drawing of one of Imperial Airway Empire flying-boats, of which there are 28 in the fleet. These flying-boats are at present operating the service from Southampton to Durban, in South Africa (by way of Marseilles, Rome, Athens, Alexandria, Cairo, Kisumu, in Kenya Colony, and down the east African coast from Mombasa to Durban), and the service between New York and Bermuda. These flying-boats have recently been put into use on the Alexandria-Karachi section of the route to Singapore, by way of Iraq, India and Burma and will shortly operate all the way to Singapore.

These flying-boats are built for Imperial Airways by Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) Limited and the four engines are Pegasus Xc engines built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company Limited, each being of 740 rated h.p. The overall length of the flying-boats is 88 feet; the height from the water line 24 feet and the wing span 114 feet. Their speed is 200 m.p.h. and when fully loaded they weigh 18 tons.

The flying-boats are fitted with the latest navigational aids, including the Sperry Automatic Pilot and retractable loop aerial and direction finding equipment. The function of the Automatic Pilot is to maintain the air liner on a straight and level course, enabling the officers to give their attention to navigation. The bridge of the flying-boat is equipped with every device for long distance, night flying and flying in bad visibility.

The crew consists of a Captain and First Officer, Wireless Operator, Flight Clerk and Steward.

From the kitchen full restaurant meals are served to the passengers, who travel in comfort hitherto unknown in the air. There is amidships the promenade saloon, the dimension of which are 13 feet long, 9 feet wide and 7 feet 9 inches high. There is accommodation for 24 passengers by day and 16 on night journeys when the berths are down.

The normal range of these flying-boats, which carry nearly 2¼ tons of petrol, is 760 miles, and their ceiling, when fully loaded, is about 20,000 feet.

With the exception of extra fuel tanks and no passenger accommodation, the CALEDONIA and CAMBRIA, which made the first commercial survey flights across the North Atlantic in July, August and September, 1937, are similar in all respects to the flying-boats illustrated in this puzzle.

With the Compliments of Messrs. G.J. HAYTER & Co., The Victory Works, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Manufacturers of the " VICTORY " Series of Jig-Saw Puzzles."
from "AW"--4 October 2006:
Hi. Here is a picture of the history which was included with this puzzle which I sold to a man who's brother flew one of them before world war 2.:
history" Empire Flying Boat "
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[1552]from "VLG"--22 August 2005:
I picked up "Deep Winter" by Frank Hamilton about 7 years ago from, sadly, a Thrift store in Orange Co. I have it in my family room and have never grown tired of it. When I read one of the comments about his hidden message I took the painting down and turned it upside down - sure enough there was the message, "Frank loves Shirley". Now that I know some info on the author the painting has even more meaning to me.
Thank you,
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[1553]from "ES"--23 August 2005:
Hi, I searched your site but could not find any information on my puzzles. I have three Norman Rockwell (puzzle in the round) puzzles they were made by Jaymar specialty Co.They are 19" in diameter, but there is no date on the boxes can you give me a time frame of when these puzzles would have been made, they look old and I'm just curious, plus do they make round puzzle frames? I want to display these puzzles.

Thank You,
from Jim McW -- 1 September 2008:
You can so a search for frames or framing, for instance, in the search box below.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1554]from "JH"--25 August 2005:
I have just bought a Waddington's giant jigsaw puzzle vol. 77 "Brixham Trawlers with 439 pieces in a yellow,red and black box with handwritten note "completed 4/12/1940." Is there anyway of dating when these puzzles were manufactured?
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[1555]from "NK"--29 August 2005:
I've attached a photo of a map puzzle given to my father in the 1940s. The puzzle is large - floor puzzle sized, with large pieces, several of them combat related; gun boat, plane, jeep, etc. Written text provides air and steamer distances between various military posts, populations of allies and axis powers and other education tidbits for first time map readers. Although there are no missing pieces, the puzzle is not in especially good condition, with some pieces showing some separation between the printed top and the cardboard beneath. I'd like to mount and frame the puzzle for hanging (to prevent further over handling) if it isn't of particular value, providing I wouldn't be harming it for collectible purposes.
Any information you could provide about the puzzle or its value would help me make this decision.
Thank you for your time.
World War 2 Map" World War 2 Map "
from Jim McW--2 September 2005:
Skillful mounting and framing of the puzzle (with glue) might decrease its value for some collectors but increase its value for others. However, it need not decrease in value at all, if you mount it without use of glue. See our FAQ page for some discussion of how to do this. If you want to mount it, why not do it, especially if you can do it without harming the puzzle?
We do not offer appraisals.
Jim McW
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[1556]from "CL"--1 September 2005:

I am desperate for some help! I had a series of puzzles when I was little, in the late 60's/early 70's, and I have no idea how to track them down. I have done web-search after web-search looking for them. All I remember about them is that they were for kids, and they had very vivid colors. They were of simple subjects, and had an almost claymation/Gumby/Davey and Goliath feel to them. They would have simple scenes of clay looking figures by an outdoor campfire, or some outdoor scene with hills and orange trees. This might sound somewhat silly, but hopefully someone out there forty-something will know what I am talking about! Thanks to all!
from Jim McW--5 October 2005:
The only thing I can think of is a trend back in the 1950's, I think, for jigsaw puzzles that had a cartoon-ish quality, but seemed to have been clay-mation. PERFECT PICTURE had at least two: " Dangerous Dan McGrew " and " Casey at the Bat "
There was also at least one by TUCO:
" Casey Strikes Out "
Also, JAYMAR had a series called TINY TOTS, which included a puzzle entitled " Hansel and Gretel ", which may have been based on claymation.
One person wrote in, suggesting that you might be referring to wooden puzzles carried by an airline for its young passengers, but we have been unable to confirm that.
Jim McW
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[1557]from "TG"--3 September 2005:
Wysocki had four in this series, are there any other puzzles in the same series? thank you
from Jim McW--19 September 2005:
There also was at least two puzzles in this series based on the art of Frank M. Hamilton:
Autumn Harvest" Autumn Harvest ", PARKER "THIS LAND" SeriesTM, over 500 pieces, 1975.
Autumn Harvestbox, " Autumn Harvest ".
Spring Rain" Spring Rain ", PARKER "THIS LAND" SeriesTM, over 500 pieces, 1975.
Spring Rainbox, " Spring Rain ".
Can anyone provide other illustrations of, titles from, or information about this series?
Jim McW
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[1558]from "PJW"--16 September 2005:
I have been trying to find some details about a puzzle purchased this week from a Hospice shop. Here is all I know :-

Make / Title A Chad Valley plywood interlocking Jig Saw Puzzle.

The design of the box is Registered in GB No 784900. The two halves open like a book and have an in-built length of "string" to hold them together when closed.

Pieces (coloured) Approximately 400
Title "Treasure Island"

The puzzle is fully complete and the edge pieces all have a narrow black border.

On the bottom L H corner of the border there is lettered in white From the painting by C Massini

Similarly on the top RH corner Copyright and published by John Harrap and Son, The Picture House, 3, Holborn Buildings, London, ECI (England).

I would like to know approximately how old it is....

If you can help I have 2 other old wooden puzzles and boxes which I believe may well be Victorian or earlier. One is from "The Palace" entitled Fine Feathers and the other from "The Academy" entitled Highland Cattle I have seen the original painting of this picture on The Antiques Roadshow.

Again, if you would like full details I would be happy to provide them.

Thanks and regards
from "PJW"--7 December 2005:
Here are pictures of the puzzles mentioned above.:
Treasure Island" Treasure Island ", CHAD VALLEYTM, 400 pieces.
Fine Feathers" Fine Feathers ", THE PALACE, 86 pieces.
Highland Cattle" Highland Cattle ", THE ACADEMY, 100 pieces.
Thanks and best regards,
from Jim McW--9 December 2005:
THE ACADEMY wooden puzzles were made by J. SALMON & CO LTD., in England, from 1920 until the late 1950's. I think it likely that your puzzle, " Highland Cattle ", is from the 1930's.
CHAD VALLEYTM produced wooden puzzles from about 1920 to the early 1950's. Again, I suspect you have a puzzle probably made during the great heyday of jigsaw puzzle, the 1930's. Also, we believe the artist to be G. Massani.
We are unfamiliar with THE PALACE series. Can anyone provide additional information about these puzzles?
Jim McW
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[1559]from "PB"--19 September 2005:
You mentioned that you had heard that there was a book (1969) about Humble Oil Co.'s Great Moments in American History. I have this small book. It has pages where you can paste a miniature painting from Humble over its b/w counterpart on the pages. I'd like to know the names of the artists which did these fine paintings. Are the names on the puzzles?
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[1560]from "Jas"--19 September 2005:
RE: no. 510, Page 37

Regarding an older MB 3D puzzle, I found one in a second hand shop with...the Euro instructions as well as English instructions.... [below]

Actually, it's quite simple to put together, even without knowing the hint.

My puzzle was missing the head, so I had to carve away a few of the top pieces to make it look presentable.


The Sculpture Puzzle range is a unique innovation in the concept of jigsaws. It involves vertically stacking layers rather than fitting pieces together horizontally. The result is a real 3D 'monument' to your efforts.
We advise you to read the instructions carefully before starting to assemble [in this case] 'The Venus de Milo', particularly if this is your first Sculpture Puzzle.
When you open the box, you will find the card layers arranged in sheets with several jigsaw pieces per sheet. Pop out the pieces and the triangular holes, taking care not to rip the cardboard. Also in the box you will find a base, three triangular stems, and three plastic 'stoppers' to hold the layers together once the puzzle is made. Remove these as well.

Insert the longest stem into the plastic base, and you're ready to start. Now look at all the Sculpture Puzzle pieces and the photos in these instructions and start working out which piece to put on first...

The Sculpture Puzzles are the world's first truly 3D vertical jigsaws. Whereas traditional (or 'flat') jigsaws are solved horizontally using colours and patterns as clues, Sculpture Puzzles are solved by stacking layers of card on the vertical stem to build a 3D Sculpture. The secret of successfully completing Sculpture Puzzles is first sorting out the pieces by shape and size to find out which pieces go with which.
Look at the pictures in these instructions, and use them to identify the key features to help you sort the pieces out.
To see if two pieces fit next to each other, stack one on the other and insert the small plastic testing rod supplied through the triangular holes. Two consecutive pieces will generally follow similar contours and be slightly larger or smaller all around their circumference. These small changes in outline create the 'stepped' effect of the Sculpture Puzzle as well as being clues to its solution.
Once you have placed pieces onto the stem you can tell quite easily if they are right by comparing the 3D Sculpture you are producing with the pictures supplied.

When you have finished assembling the body on the long stem, cap it with the 'stopper' provided. Now finish the puzzle by slotting the head pieces onto the two shorter stems.

'The Venus de Milo' [in this case] can be completed at different levels of difficulty. For those who like a challenge, about 20 of the layers can be broken down into two or three separate jigsaw pieces. If you choose this option, you should be aware that you are making the puzzle much more demanding! If this is your first go we don't recommend breaking these pieces up - you can always take the puzzle apart afterwards and do it again at a higher level of difficulty once you've mastered the basics.
The Venus de Milo, like all the other Sculpture Puzzles in the range, also comes with a 'cheat sheet' for anyone who wants to make the Sculpture Puzzle without solving it, or for anyone who is well and truly stuck! The secret of the code printed on each layer of the puzzle is revealed overleaf in 'mirror image' writing to prevent you reading it if you don't want to. The code is different for each puzzle, so even if you use the 'cheat sheet' for one puzzle, you can still experience the full challenge with the others.
Cheat Sheet
Cheat Sheet, " Venus de Milo ", 3D.

The last few layers do not have as gradual a change in contour as the rest of the puzzle so use size to tell which layer goes on top of which. When the fourth to last piece is in place, the plastic 'stopper' should be inserted in the stem. Now take the last three layers and stick them together using double sided tape or glue to make a cap which can be placed over the head of the 'stopper' so that it is hidden.

Cardboard is a "live" material. This means that the thickness of the puzzle slices will vary according to the moisture content of the board.
It is possible that you may find the stem is a little too short. The plug is designed to hold a few extra layers in place, but if the gap is too large, simply remove a few layers from the bottom of th puzzle. (Note: because you are taking away only the "base" slices, this will not detract from the overall look of the sculpture.) ©1995 GIL DRUCKMAN AND DANNY HERSCHKOVITZ. Manufactured and sold under license from THE REALLY USEFUL GAMES COMPANY LTD, LONDON, ENGLAND. 15422ML0897
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[1561]from "S&H"--19 September 2005:
RE: no. 1505, Page 94,
Yes we have this puzzle. Have been trying to find the value of it before we list it on internet auction.
Here is a picture of the completed puzzle. Hirschfeld Caricature of Actors Series 1. @1982 Jax LTD Made in USA
Al Hirschfeld"Caricature of Actors", by Al Hirschfeld, JAX LTD., 1982.
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[1562]from "GLR"--28 September 2005:
I found a couple of old puzzles in my Dad's attic after he passed away. I have no idea of the age. They could have been mine (I'm 40) or his (he was born in 1933).
Please help me figure out the age. I've done searches for both with nothing that is just like them. I did find a bunch on Jaymar Specialty Co. but not the shaped puzzles like this one....

By Jaymar Specialty Co. Bantam Pocket - Shaped for Fun - Walt Disney Character, Shaped Picture Puzzle, Triple Thick Interlocking, Size 5 1/8" X 7"

2. Picture Building Blocks
puzzle blockspuzzle blocks,
puzzle block picspuzzle block pictures, By Chadwick Inc. There are 12 cubes made of plastic and 6 pictures in the box. When assembled the cubes make the six different pictures. There is very few words on the box. It says "Forms 6 different Jigsaw Puzzles of familiar fairy tails." The words "picture building blocks" appear on each side and on two sides it says "E159, Made in Hong Kong"
from Jim McW--2 October 2005:

A search for 'block' on our SEARCH page yields (at present) three hits:
No. 771, Page 54; No. 1229, Page 78; and No. 976, Page 64.
We were not aware of a JAYMAR shaped puzzle, so we would be very interested in learning more of that puzzle.
Jim McW
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This is PAGE NINETY-SEVEN of the Questions and Answers section of

Chris McCann's book,Master Pieces: the Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles.

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