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[1582]from "GHSNA"--31 October 2005:
Hi - I looked up Tuco's Washington At The Siege Of Boston. It is listed but does not say when it was published. Do you have any more information? Thank you.
"GHSNA"
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from Jim McW--2 November 2005:
If you looked it up on our TUCO titles page, you probably went through our TUCO BOX DESIGN page. On that page you would have seen that LG25 was issued (we think) from approximately 1948-1957.
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Jim McW
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[1583]from "BJLT"--31 October 2005:
Hi everyone
I have a wooden puzzle designed by Mrs Elspeth Eagle-Clarke, and made by Chad Valley called Dragon's Land. It is described as 'every piece a picture', it has 100 pieces showing animals, dragons, christmas tree, boats, fish and so on. It has its original box and has a prov pat no 6026/33.
I haven't seen another and would appreciate further information if anyone can oblige.
many thanks
"BJLT"
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from Jim McW--2 November 2005:

See no. 1163, Page 75 for more discussion.
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Jim McW
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[1584]from "RG"--3 November 2005:
Hi-just bought a (think 30's) jigsaw puzzle titled " Wedding Night in Old New England " -riskey-raskal jig joke. Cardboard, edge is interlocking, rest of puzzle is not. Do you have any information on same? Thanks,
"RG"
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from Jim McW--10 November 2005:
Anne Williams, in her book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, describes (and illustrates) a RISKI-RASKAL JIG JOKE puzzle. She says it was made in the 1930's, in San Francisco.
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Jim McW
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[1585]from "JD"--3 November 2005:
RE: No. 740, Page 52
I was wondering if the person from this posting has found any information on their "Famous People Jigsaw Star Puzzle, featuring W.C. Fields". I am also interested in any information as I have just recently purchased one too...only the one I have is of Jean Harlow. The one I have was also released in 1969, is in a 16 mm film can, and the finished size of the puzzle is 18" round. The company that produced the puzzle is: Adult Leisure Products Corp.

I'd appreciate any information anyone might have on this puzzle. It is such an interesting item and I'd love to know more about it.

Thank you!
"JD"
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from Jim McW--10 November 2005:
"DH", in no. 856, Page 59, says that Adult Leisure Products Corp. " created an African Chess Set reproduced directly from antiquities in the collection of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. That date of publication is 1963."
"LC", in no. 1315, Page 83, found "a round puzzle made of tin and it says Star puzzle, Churchill, a round puzzle of more than 300 pieces on the top, the side says cat.no 86o1967 Adult Leisure Corp, Locust Valley n.y. 11560." Anne Williams, in her book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, describes (and illustrates) two puzzles from the STAR series, " Bogart " and " Fields ".
We have recorded a 1967 issue of " J.F.K. ". Here's the list so far:
BOGART
CHURCHILL
FIELDS
HARLOW
J.F.K.

Can anyone add any more titles issued in this series?
HARLOWHARLOW, STAR Series, 1969.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Anne Williams--13 July 2006:

Alpsco packaged its Star puzzles in two ways. Some came assembled, in shrink wrap on a backing of corrugated cardboard for $2.50. Others came in film cans for $4. Other titles include: Theda Bara, Clark Gable, Bela Lugosi, Marilyn Monroe, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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[1586]from "JI"--3 November 2005:
I have just acquired 5 gold box puzzles, 1 Supr Cut and 4 Artistic.
Inside the box lids M.V.R has been stamped on them.
Can anyone give me any information about these...
The first 4 puzzles are the Artistic series & the last is a Super Cut.
Puzzle 1: A Visit to the Old Home (Period) 100 pieces 9x7"
Puzzle 2:An Old Summer House (Outdoor) 200 pieces 13" x 10"
Puzzle 3:On The Clunie, Braemar (Landscape) 100 pieces 9" x 7"
Puzzle 4:Sydney Harbour (Harbour Scene) 100 pices 9˝" x 6˝"
Puzzle 5:Cliff Walk (Outdoor) 100 pieces 9" x 7"

What information can you give me about these puzzles. [Again], they all have M.V.R. stamped on the inside of the box; can you give any information on what these initials mean.
Yours faithfully
"JI"
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[1587]from "JW"--7 November 2005:
A friend of mine has a print of "moonlit waters" by Rudolf Von Ottenfeld. Ottenfeld was from Australia. He was born in 1856 and died July 26, 1913. So far this is all I have been able to find on him.
"JW"
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from Jim McW--10 November 2005:
I'm not positive, but I strongly suspect that Rudolf was from Austria and not the same artist who painted " Moonlit Waters ".
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Jim McW
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[1588]from "KR"--8 November 2005:
I am trying to find some history on a 10 (I am pretty sure that it is only 10) piece puzzle from 1930 of Babe Ruth. The front of the puzzle are pictures of 10 players from the era and the back of the pieces are of a Babe Ruth puzzle.

I am a baseball collector and am trying to determine how rare this puzzle may be and where I can research it. I have all of the pieces except for #4 (Eddie Collins) and they are all graded near mint to mint.

Any help you can provide is appreciated.
"KR"
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[1589]from "CB"--8 November 2005:
"Days of the Week" Puzzle (late 1930s-1940s)
Dear Puzzle History Experts,
I have been searching for a set of puzzles that my mother played with as a young child in the mid- to late-1940s. I have searched your site and the Internet exhaustively to no avail. The set of seven puzzles she describes were either wooden or cardboard (probably the latter despite the war) and showed a little girl doing daily chores. I believe that they were from the "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush" nursery song so that Monday would show washing clothes, Tuesday would show ironing clothes, Wednesday would show scrubbing the floor, etc. They were children's puzzles, with each one being square or nearly square, with maybe 20 pieces per puzzle. Any help that Puzzle History can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
"CB"
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[1590]from "PVE"--10 November 2005:
Need instructions for Tridi Internation Statue of Liberty 3D puzzle
I just purchased a puzzle made by TRIDI international. Puzzel PUZ-04-112A-ST
The puzzle pieces come with 2 sheets of punch out shapes, showing the back of the head of the statue of liberty.

I have no instructions and was hoping someone else would.

Regards,
"PVE"
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from "JM"--31 December 2005:
I bought it too, and am putting it together now - did you ever figure it out? It’s about half done now, and seems to be in sections that need assembly.
"JM"
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[1591]from "NP"--3 November 2005:
Dear Jigsaw Puzzle Historians:

I would appreciate any information you might have about my family heirloom. It is a 16½ x 23 inches wooden puzzle. The artist is R.E. Noble, and the copyright is Louis Dow Company, St. Paul. My uncle received it as a gift from his aunt in the 1930's. It was not new then.
The puzzle is wood. I do not think there are any two pieces alike. The shapes are fantastic and include the shapes of a horse head, a watering can, letters, a rooster, a house, etc. It was the dickens to put together because the pieces are not interlocking.
Can you tell me the approximate age of the puzzle and what was used to cut the intricate pieces?

Cordially
"NP"
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from Jim McW--11 November 2005:
It is very difficult to guess even the approximate age without more information. We do not know the name of the cutter or manufacturer, the name of the series or brand, if any, or even the subject or title of the puzzle. A description of the puzzle subject would help. A picture or photocopy would be even better. Wooden puzzles have included non-interlocking pieces and figural pieces for many decades. However, the copyright by Louis Dow Co. suggests to me that the puzzle probably dates no earlier than the 1920's or 1930's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "JS"--21 February 2006:
It is just a guess, but the figural pieces described are classic Parker Pastime shapes.
"JS"
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[1592]from "PB"--8 November 2005:
Hi Folks,
I wrote earlier about GEM puzzles [ See no. 1384, Page 86 ]. In my continue search for these I came across a Pal puzzle. It too is made by Somerville and appears to be older than the Gems. Does anyone know anything about these puzzles?
"PB"
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from Jim McW--13 November 2005:

It sounds familiar, but we find nothing in our databases.
Check also the Canadian Jigsaw Puzzles website.
Can anyone provide other information?
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Jim McW
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[1593]from "CJV"--8 November 2005:
I am a dollshouse hobbyist in Perth, Western Australia. I bought a wooden puzzle from a dollshouse shop , from her former museum collection. The puzzle is by Karnan and is 65mm x 55mm and has 143 pieces. (More than King Tut)
It is a beautiful puzzle.
I am curious to know more about these Karnan's pieces and yours is the only site I've found that may be able to help me.
Karnan puzzleKarnan puzzle, title not known, "seaside view", 143 wooden pieces.
puzzle, tweezerKarnan puzzle, with tweezers, in case
Karnan info information label, on back of case.
Regards to all
"CJV"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2005:
The label on the back seems to refer to THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS, but we cannot read what it says exactly, other than that the puzzle is 65 x 55 mm, with 143 pieces and I think it was made in Helsingborg, Sweden.
We also have the impression these were cut with water-jet technology.
Can anyone provide confirmation and/or additional information?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Anne Williams--13 July 2006:

Karnan is a Swedish Company that has made wood jigsaw puzzles for many decades. Most recently they have used waterjets for cutting.
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[1594]from "GJ"--16 November 2005:
RE: No. 1508, Page 94
Hi, You know I stumbled across this while I was trying to find information on Arthur A. Kaplan Co. New York. I have two framed pictures both of Paris scenes, one I can read "hand printed in the US" I'm not sure what that means. The other is signed RPH. So I can't solve the Kaplan mystery only add to it. These are the prints.[below]
"GJ"
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printsprints, titles not known.
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[1595]from "MC"--16 November 2005:
RE: No. 1546, Page 94
Hello answers,

Hello, I am delighted to tell you that I also own a 'Variety Picture Puzzle Weekly Puzzle', price 25 cents, over 200 pieces. Mine is stamped with a very faded red ink stamp on the lid and one side of the lid with the title of the puzzle, "Roses of Piccardy" (Mispelling: The Correct spelling would actually be 'Roses of Picardy'.) My puzzle does not have the title of the painting or the name of the artist on the puzzle pieces themselves, but the subject matter is lovely; a pastoral scene with two ladies offering bouquets of roses to a little girl and a seated lady.

yours sincerely,

"MC"
p.s. I am a 'Roses of Picardy' memorabilia collector, not a puzzle memorabilia collector.
"MC"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2005:
Here's a puzzle by BURT which may be similar or based on the same original [We believe it has appeared on several old puzzles]:
Posies In Picardy"Posies In Picardy", by César Pattein [1930's]
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Jim McW
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[1596]from "DS"--17 November 2005:
I have recently acquired a print with John Drescher Co. NY in the bottom right hand corner. It is of a young girl maybe in her early teens posed in a sitting position with her legs folded back behind her on a bed. She has waist long hair. Her dress falls over her shoulder and she has what looks like a large butterfly on her back and a small one on her head. The picture looks like it is done in pastels. On the back of the frame someone has written 1 of 159 and the word Psyche. Can you give me any information on this print?
Thank you,
"DS"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2005:
This is probably a good time to mention to everyone that this site has primarily to do with jigsaw puzzles, but we tend to be lenient about pertinence of questions, within limits. We have been especially so, as regards artwork which may tend to relate in some way to artwork used on jigsaw puzzles. The Drescher Company has produced considerable artwork for use on puzzles, as well as the puzzles themselves, at times.
Can anyone provide any info concerning this print?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "JS"--21 February 2006:
There is an Einson-Freeman puzzle with that title and the picture is as "DS" describes. The puzzle is shown in Anne Williams' first book.
"JS"
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from Jim McW--22 February 2006:
Chris McCann also has an illustration of this (or a similar) puzzle in his book, Master Pieces: The Art History of Jigsaw Puzzles. He lists the artist as (William) Sergeant Kendall.
We hasten to add that neither of these seem to feature any butterfly in the picture, so this may a different version of the same work, or another work, altogether.
Can anyone shed any more light on this question?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "LG"--17 April 2006:
The artist is William Sergeant Kendall. The original painting is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. You may check the following link:

http://www.metmuseum.org/Works_of_Art/viewOne.asp?dep=2&viewMode=1&item=10.14

As for the butterfly, Psyche is often depicted with butterfly wings.
She comes from Greek Mythology - Cupid, the god of love fell in love with her.

"LG"
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[1597]from "KS"--18 November 2005:
I'm trying to find a puzzle from my childhood.. I'm not sure where to look. Please help!

It was a collage of toys, candy, etc making a picture of Santa with a huge bag over his back. Around the edge of this puzzle were letter beads spelling out the words to Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Any ideas where to find this puzzle?
"KS"
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[1598]from "KM"--21 November 2005:
I was wondering if anyone knew the name and maker of this wooden puzzle? Thanks,
"KS"
title not knowntitle not known, by Philip R. Goodwin
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[1599]from "KM"--21 November 2005:
I have a Frank Schoonover puzzle of WWI the men in a field. I was wondering if you knew the year (that the puzzle was made) and name of the piece. I think the original painting was made for the ladies home journal in 1918.
Thanks,
"KS"
title not knowntitle not known, by Frank Schooner
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[1600]from "BL"--10 November 2005:
I have 2 original painting by August Albo. He painted them for me in NYC over 45 years ago. At that time he was 90 years old.
Extremely accomplished artist. He didn't speak a word of English. His painting 'FREE AS THE WIND" print is probably in the millions all over the world. Wish I had that painting. It is probably worth a fortune. If anyone wants to know more about Albo, please ask....

Hope this helps
"BL"
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[1601]from "KMK"--27 November 2005:
Hi, [looking for]...a puzzle that is the United States with all the football stadiums across the [country]?
thanks,
"KMK"
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from Jim McW--27 November 2005:

There was a puzzle issued by WHITE MOUNTAIN about ten years ago, entitled " American Sports History ", which may have been similar to this. However, it does seem that there has been such a puzzle devoted to famous football stadia throughout the U.S. Can anyone identify the maker and/or title?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--5 March 2006:

White mountain still makes the "Sports History" puzzle, I think there is a "Football" puzzle on our site under sports, that has the stadiums, but would not be very current. It is from the "John Hansen company".
Nancy Ballhagen's Puzzles
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[1602]from "RWH"--28 November 2005:
I have a Built-Rite puzzle titled Embarrasing Moment. The picture on the box and the puzzle itself are reversed left/right.
Does someone know if all of these were reversed? Does this make the puzzle valuable? Do you know of other puzzle "mistakes"?

Thanks,
"RWH"
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from Jim McW--4 December 2005:

This is not the first instance of a reversed image of which we have heard. We suspect that all (or at least many) of the puzzles of this series and title were reversed. Here's a picture of a puzzle perhaps similar to yours:
An Embarrassing Moment" An Embarrassing Moment ", BUILT-RITE [1950's?]

We do not think the puzzle's market value would be much increased, unless it could be proven that it was rare. Does anyone know of other such reversals?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[1603]from "CT"--4 December 2005:
Hello, I recently found this puzzle, it states a copyright from Curtis Publishing ?
Do you have any information about...what year this puzzle was made.... Thank you,
"CT"
The Curiosity Shop" The Curiosity Shop ", by Norman Rockwell, SPRINGBOK
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from Jim McW--27 November 2005:

This is an extremely popular puzzle from a few years ago. We believe this was made by SPRINGBOK, no. PZL3425, around 1988.
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Jim McW
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[1604]from "SR"--29 November 2005:
I am looking for a puzzle of dominoes. Has anyone seen one? Thanks.
"SR"
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[1605]from "LD"--30 November 2005:
Dear Sirs:

I have a wooden box (3 1/2 tall 9 1/2 wide) containing wooden jig-saw puzzle imprinted with "Newark Sunday Call Jig-Saw Puzzle Prize.

Do you have any information regarding this prize give away from the Sunday Call Newspaper?

I would appreciate any and all info or suggestions as to where i might research this puzzle.

thank you,
sincerely
"LD"
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from icollectpuzzles--12 April 2006:

I have seen several newspaper puzzles from Boston, Chicago, Syracuse, etc. Most of these came from images printed in the Sunday newspaper and were published with the intention that the reader would cut out the picture, mount it to wood or cardboard and then cut them up into a puzzle. Some were imprinted with lines to follow. The ones that I have come across were generally from the early part of the 20th century.
I was able to get a little info by writing to the newspapers. Most had no knowledge but a few "found an old guy in the basement" who remembered something about them. Is the Newark Sunday Call still being published? I don't know what "Prize" might refer to. Is this printed on the box or on the puzzle?
icollectpuzzles
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