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[1723]from "TRB"--15 September 2006:
I have a fine art painting puzzle which looks much like "Entry into Port" – although the photo you show is a close-up, smaller version of only a portion of my puzzle and mine is not by Tuco. I just happened to find your website today and can't remember the manufacturer's name but it has something to do with artists as it's a green box with a drawing of an artist at an easel. I do know I received the puzzle around 1954-55 (your list shows the earliest as 1957). Also, I received the puzzle while living in Canada which may be why it's different.

If of any interest, I can take a photo and send – I've always loved this puzzle and can't believe I've held onto it all this time. It's still challenging to do as it's large and only the outer pieces interlock.
"TRB"
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from Jim McW--16 September 2006:
Here's the TUCO:

"Entry Into Port"
, by C. Ivar Gilbert
Here's a picture of a puzzle encompassing a larger field of view. This is a wooden puzzle, by VICTORY.:

"Coming Into Port"
, by C. Ivar Gilbert
I suspect the puzzle you have may be an early issue from the ARTIST Series, published by SOMERVILLE (a Canadian puzzle maker). Thanks, Jim McW
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[1724]from "DT"--15 September 2006:
Good afternoon,

I was wondering if you have Hi-Q fusion by peter pan playthings for sale, or would you know where i can buy one from, i have been loooking for one for years now but to no avail....
I shall look forward to hearing from you in the very near future
"DT"
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from Jim McW--16 September 2006:
Our best advice is for you to keep an eye on internet auction sites. You can also see no. 415, Page 30; no. 1137, Page 73; and no. 1226, Page 78, for brief discussions and a link or two.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1725]from "SJW"--16 September 2006:
I have an old jigsaw puzzle made by Arlington Products, 1751 Fulton Street, Chicago, Ill. The front of the box says "Arlington Carbo Picture Puzzle...."Four Hours of Real Pleasure"....over 300 pieces...size 12 x 16...

Can you help me trace this puzzle, please? I am not able to find it anywhere at this time.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
"SJW"
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from Jim McW--16 September 2006:
According to Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, Anne Williams lists this company as producing diecut puzzles during the 1930's.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1726]from "RRC", Belgium--27 September 2006:
Dear Puzzle History,

I am currently trying to restore an English jigsaw puzzle of the Georgian era.

The jigsaw was produced in London in 1787 by C. Dilly and W. Darton. It has a long title: "Engravings for Teaching the Elements of English History and Chronology after the Manner of Dissected Maps for Teaching Geography"!

What it actually shows is portraits of the 32 kings-and-queens of England, up to King George II.

It is illustrated in Linda Hannas' book on jigsaws.

What I now need to do is replicate a few edge-pieces: viz. the left-hand edge of the puzzle and its top right-hand corner. The "portraits" as such are all there.

Can any of your correspondents suggest how I go about this task?

With best regards,
"RRC"
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[1727]from "FF"--2 October 2006:
I'm looking for two puzzles that I have searched for 3 or 4 days on the internet for. The first one is of the Four Apocalypses. I think it's a round puzzle and I remember helping my dad assemble the same puzzle around 15 years ago. The second is a puzzle of a giant Eagle and a giant Lion playing a chess game and the creatures look like characters from the book "the Wild Things". This on I remember seeing being sold at Spencer's gifts back in 1996. If anyone knows what puzzles these are and can even just give me the names of these puzzle I would be so grateful. I think they were made by Ceaco, but I'm not sure.
"FF"
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from Jim McW--2 October 2006:
See No. 1661, Page 102 for a puzzle which sounds a little similar to the second one you describe. The first one may be entitled the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse"?
Can anyone help the enquirer with these titles?
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "RB"--18 October 2006:
I think the puzzle you are describing as "Four Apocalypses" is the same as one I purchased at Spencers about 20+ years ago. I remember the box was titled "Again and Again" and also had the word "Putnam" on it. I would like to know where to find information about the original painting or lithograph.... The last time I looked at it, there were about five pieces missing.
Good luck in your search.

"RB"
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from "RB"--2 February 2011:
I've found the image discussed re:1727
Please see below.
Thanks
"RB"
Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" Again and Again" - Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ", by Kirwan [kirwanesque.com].
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from Jim McW--1 May 2011:
Thanks!
Jim McW
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[1728]from "PB"--3 October 2006:
Does anyone know anything about this puzzle company?

E&L Corp.

333 Canal Street

Holyoke, MA 01040

I am seeing puzzles with this brand, for sale on various web sites. No information on them seems to be available. I searched for them online, by name, address, state and reverse directory.

Their name and address is on the seal flap, on the bottom of the box. It also has a US flag and Made in the USA, on all four sides.

Thanks,
"PB"
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[1729]from "LL"--3 October 2006:
I have a Masterpiece picture puzzle, 275+ pieces: Crossing the Platte River, series no.13, number 3964, Whitman Publishing Company. Can you please tell me when this was published and the cost at that time and worth now?

thank you
"LL"
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from "anon"--14 October 2006:
This puzzle is from the late 1930's, the cost was likely to have been around 25 cents. The artist is R Atkinson Fox.
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[1730]from "WM"--15 August 2006:
I am searching to replace a puzzle my aunt purchased in England somewhere between Bath and London in the late 50’s or early 60’s. It is of Dwight D. Eisenhower signing the peace treaty. Can anyone help me with locating this? Thanks for your help
"WM"
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from Jim McW--7 October 2006:
We have been searching our database for this, because it sounds like something we have seen. We have been unable to find anything similar, though.
Can anyone help identify this puzzle?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1731]from "JT"--6 October 2006:
I collect the "Hometown Collection" puzzles by Heronim. My question is do you think if I glued them and put a coat or two of polyurethane on them, would they hold up for a kitchen floor? please let me know if this has been done before. thank you
"JT"
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from Jim McW--7 October 2006:
See No. 1567, Page 98, for a story about a puzzle incorporated into a dining room floor. Also, see another discussion of similar topics in No. 1668, Page 103. Basically, you are at some potential risk any time you apply liquid or gelatinous materials to a puzzle, because you cannot be 100% certain how the material will interact with the material in the puzzle pieces and the environment in which it will be displayed. For instance, humidity and excessive light may influence the interactions of the various materials. The abrasions of people walking on the urethane may leave scuff marks. You may be able to experiment first with a test puzzle, just to see how it holds up over time. Let us know what you learn. We welcome any comments from others who may have tried something similar.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1732]from "DS"--9 October 2006:
Dear Sir/Madam,

I would be very grateful if you could help me with an old mystery. I know you are based in the U.S. and the puzzle I am seeking is of U.K. origin, but your site seems to be very comprehensive.

Way back in 1964, my dear late Mother bought me a cardboard jigsaw puzzle. It was of about 500 pieces, and it was a painting of a cross country motor bike race. The motor bikes could be seen emerging in the distance from the left hand side of the picture, passing groups of spectators, them making their way uphill to the foreground, where there was a cyclist dominating the centre of the picture and a large group of spectators in the background on the right. In the centre background were country fields with hedges and further back a mountain. I would love to obtain this old puzzle again or at least see a photo of it, but I cannot for the life of me remember the make or the title of the picture.

Do you recognise it from my description, or do you know of anyone else specialising in old jigsaws who might?

Thank you,

"DS"
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[1733]from "RW"--9 October 2006:
Any ideas on the background of this puzzle?

I know this about it:
La Pélerine: Puzzle de Joséphine, (c. 1804), after William Hamilton (British, 1751–1801), engraved by Joseph Barney (British, late-eighteenth century). Location: Malmaison, châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau

Am writing an art book in which this is an entry and would love any anecdotal info on this as a puzzle, as opposed to painting-turned-puzzle.

Appreciate any help. Thanks!

"RW"
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[1734]from "GMC"--12 October 2006:
I came across your site, while searching for jigsaw puzzles. My partner and myself ( both mid 50,s) live at ___________ in South Australia. We had the 18000 piece puzzle ‘ Tropical Impressions ’ delivered to our post box on 7th of August , and today 12th of October (66 days later) we have completed this magnificent puzzle. The process is now to glue and frame it. Do you have any hints as to the best way to proceed with this task?

Thanks

"GMC"
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from Jim McW--12 October 2006:
See a discussion of similar topics in No. 1668, Page 103. There is also some coverage of this question on our FAQ page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1735]from "MS"--12 October 2006:
Hi there,
I am in possession of a vintage wooden slat-type puzzle containing 32 long slat pieces... It has a wooden box with the title " Three Little Maids From School " with a logo EIC which I later identified as EI Horsman Company... the only problem I have is dating it... the opera from the title is the Mikado which was dated late 1880's but apparently the company made puzzles until the 1920's... how can I get more info on this puzzle? Help! Thanks, "MS"
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from Anne Williams -- 4 February 2009:
Three Little Maids from School puzzle dates to circa 1990.
Horsman made children's puzzles in the late 1800s. It also made puzzles for adults around 1908 - the "Perplexyu" and "Confuseyu" brands.
Its main business was dolls and the company did'nt make puzzles after 1909.
Anne Williams, puzzles@bates.edu
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[1736]from "CO"--16 October 2006:
hi,

First of all, I am not a puzzle collector. However, I did buy a puzzle at a garage sale that I'm curious about.

It's a Milton Bradley Big Ben puzzle, perhaps from the early or mid 1960s, with a picture of a little blonde girl wearing a red and white wool head scarf and holding a cocker spaniel puppy, against a blue cloud sky background.

My co-workers and I work on puzzles collaboratively as a break from computer work, and it would be interesting to know more about this puzzle.

thanks

"CO"
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from Jim McW--17 October 2006:
The puzzle you describe sounds like " Growing Up Together ", a BIG BEN puzzle which indeed was probably published in the early 1960's and is a "Type 6" Big Ben box, according to Richard Ballhagen's classification. See his website, BIG BEN PUZZLES.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "CO"--19 October 2006:
Hi,
Attached are photos of the puzzle Growing Up Together, FYI.

Thanks,
"CO"
Growing Up Together" Growing Up Together ",
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from Jim McW--19 October 2006:
This BIG BEN puzzle was probably published in the mid-1960's. It appears to be a "Type 10b or 10c" Big Ben box, according to Richard Ballhagen's classification. Again, see his website, BIG BEN PUZZLES.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1737]from "SH"--19 October 2006:
I am looking for a vintage wooden puzzle from Connors Toys called Happy Beaver.

I believe it is from the 1960s - 1970s. I have searched the Internet for this puzzle.
I have a puzzle missing a piece.

Do you have any suggestions on how to find this puzzle online?

Thanks,
"SH"
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from Jim McW--9 November 2006:
We are not familiar with this company. It would be extremely unusual to find the puzzle still in production, after 30-40 years.
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[1738]from "MT"--20 October 2006:
During an internet search for Built Rite Sta-N-Place puzzles, I found no. 241 [Page 18], about Sta-N-Place puzzles. My father was a professional photographer and did the photos for this series. I have many of the original photographs for the puzzles, picturing local children. My father, Jack Swezey and his partner, Bob Beall. operated Phillip's Photo Shop in Lafayette, Indiana, for many years. These photos were taken in 1951 or 2 for Warren Paper Company, which was also located in Lafayette. Some of the puzzles were simple photographs, others were photographs that were enhanced with colorful art--adding costumes and backgrounds. The children pictured are neighborhood children. The outdoor shots were taken at the Frozen Custard and at Columbia Park, both of which are still popular spots in Lafayette. -- "MT"
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[1739]from "MU"--8 November 2006:
hi, i have recently become the owner of this Whitman puzzle, but know nothing about it. it is No. 4429 from Series 302. It has 63 pieces, was originally $0.29 and doesn't have a copyright date OR a title. i was wondering if maybe you knew the title of this puzzle or perhaps its age? i have included a picture. thanks!

"MU"
CusterCuster's Last Stand [? - title not known], WHITMANTM
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from Jim McW--9 November 2006:
We believe we recognize among the depictions on the box portraits of General Custer, General Grant, and possibly General Sheridan. We have posted the picture you sent with your inquiry, bearing the tentative title "Custer's Last Stand", but that's just a guess. We suspect it was issued in the 1950's or early 1960's.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[1740]from "AM"--13 November 2006:
Hi

I recently inherited a box load of puzzles including all manner of types and ages, including Waddington’s circular puzzles, their popular range as well, also Good Companion and Tower Press.

The puzzle I am having trouble finding is made by Toby Toys and is part of their military series (250 piece). This one is titled The Rifle Brigade and is fully interlocking and as said on the box ‘printed in six brilliant colours’. It also has a sheet explaining all about the rifle brigade during the 1800’s. I'm judging by the quality of this piece of paper (although mint) and the fact the box has been stapled together during production that it is probably a war time product.

I cannot find any information about the company or their foray into jig-saws. Of note, on the bottom of the box, [there is] a Selfridges department sticker with the number 142.

Any information you could give would be great, I can post pictures if it helps.

Many thanks

"AM"
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from Jim McW--14 November 2006:

Life Guards" Life Guards ", TOBY JIG-SAWS
This is the only picture we have of this series. Tom Tyler, in his book, British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century, dates this series to the 1960's.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from Keith--15 December 2006:
Hi Jim,
Toby seems to have been of limited production. They produced four puzzles in this series, two you have mentioned, another is " The 10th Hussars 1808" .
All were 252 pieces in die cut 14 x 18 card strips and 10" x 15" size.

Regards,
Keith
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[1741]from "JK"--14 November 2006:
Jim:

Several years ago you had someone ask about the Holly Pond Hill Puzzles. [See No. 931, Page 62.] Nancy Ballhagen responded that RoseArt only produced four of the series and then dscontinued production. The puzzles are 750 pieces and are two sided. One side has a picture and the other a page out of one of the character's diary. They were produced in 2000. I have identified three of the four and would love to know the title of the fourth. Hopefully, you or someone else can help me out.

The titles are as follows:

1. Fashionably Floral
2. Girls Day Out
3. Chocolatey Bliss
4.

These are so cute and fun to put together. The artist is Susan Wheeler. There are many other items with her images available. But these are the only four puzzles that I have heard about.

"JK"
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[1742]from "CDF"--16 November 2006:
Hi,

I am hoping you can tell me something about the puzzle I have. I have checked your website and the internet generally and can find no information whatsoever. I would especially like to know if it is rare or desirable, as I am looking to sell it. It probably isn't, but since I can't find it, I thought I would ask.

Whitman Guild Futura 21 1/2 inches by 27 1/2 inches in a box with smooth corners. Marked 1969 Western Publishing Company, Racine, Wisconsin, 1000 pieces. It is described as a "radial cut", with six puzzles in the series. I have "Oriental Wilderness". Others are "Chromatic Impressions", "Snowflakes", "Martian Metropolis", "Prehistoric Panorama" and "Ancient Frieze".

As I have said, I have turned up absolutely nothing on this series. Any help you can offer will be appreciated.

Thanks,

"CDF"
Oriental Wilderness" Oriental Wilderness ", WHITMAN GUILD FUTURA
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from Jim McW--17 November 2006:

We are not familiar with this particular line of puzzles, so we are glad to hear of it. It may not be common, but we are unable to say whether it is actually rare. One way to gauge the value of a puzzle (or any collectible) is to search on-line auction sites for similar items. See also our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "JE" -- 7 April 2008:
I just found a Whitman Futura puzzle at a thrift store--"Chromatic Impressions" -- and was pleased to find it referenced. Were the six referenced titles the only ones produced? I would like to see images of the other titles, if anyone else has run across them. I will email an image of this one as soon as it is completed. The box is in terrible condition and it looks like this one is missing a few pieces, but a very interesting puzzle with a "radial cut" (rectangular format changing to a circle cut near the center)
"JE", California
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from "JE" -- 2 March 2009:
Here's an image of this puzzle:
Chromatic Impressions" Chromatic Impressions ", WHITMAN GUILD FUTURA
"JE", California
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[1743]from "JC"--17 November 2006:
Hello,
I am wondering if you know of a way to get the musty smell out of puzzles. I bought a lot of puzzles... & 1 had black mold/ mildew & it seemed to make all the others, 58 of them, smell. There are no signs of dampness or mildew on the others. Some smell worse than others too. These are newer puzzles, 2000 & up. Any help would be greatly appreciated:)
Thanks!
"JC"
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from Jim McW--18 November 2006:

We know of no sure way to do this, and we are always afraid that the mold may spread to other paper collectibles, so we don't keep moldy or very musty puzzles. See also No. 1613, Page 100.
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[1744]from "BH"--20 November 2006:
We were on an extensive retirement trip from Seal Beach, California, and in July 2006 I purchased, while in Indianapolis, Indiana, a puzzle for some fun while visiting my young nephews. It was called " Moosehead Lake, Maine " by Charles Wysocki. Inspired by the puzzle, my husband and I decided to visit Moosehead Lake in Maine as we continued our trip. While we were there visiting, we dropped by the Historical Society and mentioned the puzzle as the inspiration for visiting the area. I have been looking for this puzzle in every store across country so I could send it to them, and have not been able to find it.

Now I find that the exact same puzzle is called "Moonlight and Roses in Olde Maine", and a lithograph is being offered as a Grand Prize. Can you explain the change of name?
"BH"
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from Jim McW--20 November 2006:

We regularly receive updates from collectors about the latest WYSOCKI puzzles released, but I don't think we have heard of " Moosehead Lake, Maine ". We do have " Moonlight and Roses in Olde Maine " listed for mid-2005 release. It is not unusual for the works of the late Charles Wysocki to be re-issued in some form on jigsaw puzzles, often with different titles and/or cropping. See our CHARLES WYSOCKI page.
Thanks, Jim McW
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