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[819]from "JS"-23 November 2002:
I am looking for a "Puzzle Tote". I found an old order form but the 800 number is not valid. Can you help?

Ceaco had one for $14.95 item #1001. this could be very old.

Thank you,
"JS"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2002:
See Nancy Ballhagen's Puzzles for Roll-O-Puzz , which may be similar to what you're looking for.
Also, BitsandPieces.com features a "Portable Jigsaw Roll".
PuzzleHouse.com has a "Porta Puzzle".
A Leisure Store has a "Puzzle Caddy" in two sizes.
Jigsaw Jungle has two different such products (and FIVE different puzzle glues!)
Thanks, Jim McW
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[820]from "Mike"-23 November 2002:
Hi - Looking for a jigsaw puzzle of the London Underground Map. Can you help please?
Many thanks for your time.
"Mike"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2002:
This is the only one of which we're aware:
London Underground Map"London Underground Map", Phillip Lewis Agencies.
We have seen one or two of these, over the years, and it's just possible we may have one in our own collection.
Thanks, Jim McW
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[821]from "BA"-23 November 2002:
WB Adams Puzzles is still in business at;
4548 Market St.
Phila., PA 19139
877 WB Adams

Thanks,
"BA"
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[822]from "J24"-24 November 2002:
Hi,

I am preparing to sell a Par puzzle for my mother. It is complete, 700 pcs. with 14 (or more) figurals. It is in excellent condition, original box, seahorse piece included. She had put it together...the title is 'Two Potter of Cream'. I've been told this title is extremely hard-to-find. However, I have no time whatsoever to take a picture of the worked puzzle. I was hoping to sell it in an internet auction with just pictures of the figurals, box, etc. and a detailed description of the image (as told by my mother). I wondered if the absence of the completed puzzle would lower the chances for a premimum price...I wouldn't imagine it would, as it is a Par. Anyone have any thoughts on this? They would be highly appreciated.
Thanks so much.
"J24"
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from Jim McW--24 November 2002:
It is our personal opinion that it stands a material chance of realizing a final winning bid of at least one or two hundred dollars more, if you do have a picture of the completed puzzle posted with the auction, than it will without such a picture.
A truly complete Par, in excellent condition, especially a rare one, stands to draw a final price well in excess of $500, if properly presented. It might even be possible to find an amateur photographer who would be willing to provide a quality photo for a modest fee. Good luck!
Thanks, Jim McW
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[823]from "KB"-24 November 2002:
I am looking for alan maley's summer carousel in his past impression series. My daughter-in-law has the others in the series and I would like to find this one for her. It has 1500 pieces. Thanks for your help.
"KB"
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from Jim McW--2 December 2002:
This is the only one in this series that we've seen:
Weekend in the Country"Weekend in the Country", by Alan Maley, MILTON BRADLEY PAST IMPRESSIONSTM
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "SJ"--6 December 2002:
Hi Jim!

I don't have the Alan Maley puzzle "KB" is looking for but thought you might be interested in a picture of another one in the series. It is "Intimate Moment" and the picture is attached.

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Intimate Moment"Intimate Moment", 1993, by Alan Maley, MILTON BRADLEY PAST IMPRESSIONSTM
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[824]from "SC"-25 November 2002:
I'm looking for a jigsaw puzzle that my brother and I put together years ago (30+) - it was the front page of the New York Times when the Titanic sank.

Any help locating this puzzle would be greatly appreciated.

"SC"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--6 December 2002:
The Titanic puzzle that you are refering to was made by Ravensburger,and is out of print, unfortunately, as it was very popular.
Nancy
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[825]from "WNM"-29 November 2002:
Hi,

I'm not much of a puzzle afficionado, but I do love the Painted Ladies. I was surfing the web in search of more of the Kodacolor/Roseart Painted Ladies to complete my collection when I came across the list y'all posted from 03/27/02 (no. 520). I have 3 that are not on the list (not sure if anyone posted them later, as I didn't take the time to search the Q&A): Bluebonnet Drive, TX; Elm Street, NY, and 915 S. Crockett, Sherman, TX.

Also, if you could help me with a question, I would appreciate it. I have one that I've put together (and glued...don't cringe if that's a puzzle collector's no-no). I must have thrown away the box, as I can't seem to find it. :o( Anyway, of the list y'all had, I am missing 5, but I'm hoping that this is one on the list, otherwise, I have no idea how we will find out which one it is! It is the first one I purchased several years ago. It is a dark grey/slate color with red trim. It's shot at an angle, so that the corner of the house is sort of in the middle of the picture, and it has an American flag sticking off the front porch. I can send a pic, if necessary, but any help with which one this might be would be awesome.

BTW, is there not any way to get a complete list from the Manufacturer? Have they ended this line? Are you aware of some place to purchase them? I love these...

Thanks & best regards,
"WNM"
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from Jim McW--2 December 2002:
We seem to have "Bluebonnet Drive" on our KODACOLORTM page, but not in the list of PAINTED LADIESTM, on the LISTS page. We have added all three to the list there.
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "WNM"--9 December 2002:
Hi,

As a follow-up to my inquiry regarding the Painted Ladies puzzle lists and the name of the one of which I have thrown away the box, I saw that someone has listed this puzzle in an internet auction. I didn't describe the color well, as it also has a predominance of cream-colored paint. At any rate, this is the one I have put together and glued, and it seems to be "East Jones Street, North Carolina". Is there no way to get a complete list of these puzzles from the manufacturer?

Also, I was wondering about "Hughes Street, New Jersey"...my puzzle is 550, as the one in your picture on the "Lists" page, however, if you look at [a certain internet auction], you can clearly see that this is a 500-piece puzzle. Are there any others in this series like this? Why does the manufacturer do this? Is it a common phenomenom?

Thanks, "WNM"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2002:
I don't know, but there not only seems to be 500-piece and 550-piece, but a number of 1000-piece puzzles, as well. To make matters worse, or more correctly, perhaps, BETTER, there's also a 3-D puzzle of "The Gingerbread House", with more than 400 pieces !
It is our general impression that it is not all that unusual for puzzle manufacturers to issue the same design in puzzles of different sizes and numbers of pieces. Can anyone add to this discussion?
Thanks, Jim McW
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[826]from "JB"-1 December 2002:
I was poking around on the web, trying to see if I could determine the age of an old puzzle I have, and ran across your site. Since you are interested in pictures of these puzzles, I decided to photograph mine and send the images along to you. I reduced them to about the size of your other images. If you want higher resolution copies, let me know.

This puzzle is labeled "United States of America, Miami Beach, Florida" with a Pan Am logo. The puzzle spent many years in my parent's attic. From memory, I would guess it was bought new in the early '60s. Based on the cars in the picture, it probably was taken in the very late '50s. I couldn't spot anything that looked newer than that. The puzzle is 14x18 pieces. The number on the box is 5500-4.
Miami Beach, Florida"Miami Beach, Florida", JAYMARTM
P.S. By the way, there is a "49" inside a circle stamped on one side of the box, which I presume to be the price when new.
"JB"
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from Jim McW--5 December 2002:
We had never seen that one. Thanks!
Jim McW
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[827]from "RA"-1 December 2002:
Hi,

Can anyone help me, I'm trying to find this puzzle to give as a gift, I understand that Waddington's made a version of Trump's General Store, do you have a code for it or where I could buy this from? I live in England.

Thanks
"RA"
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from Jim McW--5 December 2002:
We have never seen one, but it is illustrated in Tom Tyler's great book, British Jigsaw Puzzles of the 20th Century. Since it is described as issued in 1997, it is probably not available as current stock.
Jim McW
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from "DN"--12 December 2002:
I have this puzzle for sale, if it is the one that you are looking for. Trumps General Store, "Where thin'gs are never what they seem", 1000 pc., 1987, By ceaco. Although it may not be the one you want.
Thanks, "DN".
Trumps General Store"Trumps General Store", CEACOTM. ***************
from Jim McW--15 December 2002:
We believe that "RA" is looking for the Waddington version. I didn't realize that there appears to have been at least two different Ceaco versions. In addition to the one "DN" has, there is:
Trumps General Store"Trumps General Store", CEACOTM.
See also: no. 757 (& no 758), Page 53, no. 313, Page 22, no. 511, Page 37, no. 342, Page 24, no. 547, Page 39, no. 313, Page 22.
Jim McW
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from "DK"--14 December 2002:
Hi,
My friend has this puzzle and I'd like to find one too.

Trump's General Store
Waddingtons Deluxe 300 puzzle
Artwork: Joan Steiner
Photo: Walter Wick
copyright: 1985
all rights reserved by Waddingtons Games Inc, Bramalea, Ontario
size: 35" x 22"

There is also a book and a calendar printed with more pictures like this (pictures created out of common household objects - but you don't notice until you've been staring at it for a while), but I don't have the publisher's info yet.
thanks,
"DK"
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from "SP"--15 December 2002:
More information:
I have borrowed the "Trump's General Store" puzzle by WADDINGTONS GAMES INC. recently. It is copyright 1985 and puzzle No. 109. The art work is by Joan Steiner and Walter Wick did the photography. It is a 300 extra large piece deluxe puzzle. I would love to have one of these for my own. Is there any way to find out how to get one? Are there any new puzzles on the market that might be similar?
"SP"
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from Jim McW--15 December 2002:
Well, that pretty well convinces us that WADDINGTONSTM and CEACOTM both made at least two versions each of this popular puzzle.
Jim McW
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[828]from "JL"-1 December 2002:
In about 1954 I received a puzzle by the E. E. Fairchild Corp numbered 2525 and labeled "Juvenile Puzzle Assortment". It is a picture of a youth studying an American History book. Some of the pieces are cut out in the shape of animals. All pieces are there and the puzzle is in good shape. I must have like the kitty piece the best because it show the most wear. Can you predict a value for this puzzle?
"JL"
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from Jim McW--5 December 2002:
See our FAQ page).
Jim McW
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[829]from "LC"-3 December 2002:
Who invented the 3D Puzzle?

I've been given an assignment to write a "how to" speech, and I've chosen the 3D Puzzle as my topic. I need to include a brief history of the product and am having trouble finding information about who invented the foam and sculture type puzzles and when they were invented and/or first marketed.

Thank you for your help.
"LC"
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from Jim McW--5 December 2002:
We can't help much, but we are posting your question, in hope that someone out there can provide some information. We might comment that we are probably talking about several different kinds of "3-D" puzzles:

--The puzzles modeled after buildings. Some of these, at least, have been issued by WREBBITTM. This category might also include the puzzle of the Millenium Falcon [ Millennium Falcon ] (see STORIES page) and the spherical puzzles, such as the World Globe, issued by BUFFALO GAMES, INC.TM

The "sculpture" puzzles, which seem to have been originated by a company called "Really Useful Games", or by Gil Druckman and Danny Hershkovitz, who had a copyright, apparently, in the mid-1990's.

The "textured" puzzles, which somewhat resemble a bas-relief.

The "3-D" puzzles of the early 1950's, which used two-color, offset line prints and special "3-D" glasses for the viewers, to produce the three-dimensional effect.

Can anyone elaborate?
Jim McW
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[830]from "JB3"-3 December 2002:
RE: No. 85, Page 7
In response to the puzzle of the World by Ernest Dudley Chase, I have a pictorial map of the United States by Ernest Dudley Chase. It is copyrighted in 1941 by Ernest Dudley Chase of Winchester, Massachusetts. Any information on this map would be appreciated.
"JB3"
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[831]from "D52"-29 November 2002:
I am looking for Puzzle with cobalt blue and blue and white things in it.
I have seen this puzzle before, but I do not know where to find it. I know it had a blue ping pong paddle in it and just a sort of blue things, can you help?
"D52"
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from Jim McW--6 January 2006:
The only puzzle I can think of would be:
Shades of Blue" Shades of Blue ", SPRINGBOKTM.
Jim McW
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[832]from "KC"-7 December 2002:
I have been trying to locate information on wood puzzles by Joseph K. Straus Products, Corp. Brooklyn, NY The only useful information I have located is that these puzzles were sometime between the 50's and 70's. I have two that have a different picture on each side and two that are one sided. Any information you can share with me on these puzzles would be appreciated.
Thanks.
"KC"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2002:
They actually produced puzzles 1933-1974, according to Anne Williams, in her great book, Jigsaw Puzzles: An Illustrated History and Price Guide, which has quite a bit more information on the company and its history.
Jim McW
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