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ESCAPE FROM FRAMES

[833]from "DV"-10 December 2002:
RE: #70, [Page 6]
I recently reviewed your comments.... August Albo, aka A. Curtis.

I too have been searching for some information on him without any luck. I have recently purchased at a swap meet, an original print on Canvas, a copy of August Albo's artwork entitled "Free as the Wind". The print itself only has the "Title" and "Artists" name stamped on the bottom / middle of the print.

What I can tell you about this print from its container is just this,
#1. the print came in a cardboard roll addressed to - "The Household" at some address in Saskatchewan, Canada.
#2. the print came from the Company - "POST" General Foods, and was post marked January 11, 1967. Apparently these prints were numbered and sent out to households that had collected a number of "stamps", or cereal box tops, etc.

I too, would also like to know if you have any further information on this Artist any further information you may have found out would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
"DV"
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from "M.S."--17 December 2002:
I have the same print that you speak of. It is dated 1962 with the initials d.a.c.n.y. next to the date. I am curious about this artist as well. Does someone out there know anything about the print Free as the Wind or August Albo aka A. Curtis?
"M.S."
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from Jim McW--4 August 2005:
We now suspect that the initials stand for " Donald Art Company, NY".
Thanks, Jim McW
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from "M.S."--27 July 2006:
Hi , is this the painting you are refering to ? I would love to find out more about this painting and the artist.

Sincerely ,
"JB"
Free As the Wind"Free As the Wind", by August Albo
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[834]from "SLW"-12 December 2002:
RE: #320 dated 7 october 2001 [Page 23]
I am looking for the "Fenway Park" puzzle by F.X. Schmid mentioned in this posting. I can't find it online; is it "out of print?" Is there anything you can do to help me locate it?

Thanks,
"SLW"
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from Jim McW--13 December 2002:
The reference was from Nancy Ballhagen, so you might try looking at her website on our LINKS page, as well as some of the other on-line jigsaw puzzle stores there. As always, we recommend that anyone looking for a puzzle keep an eye out on the on-line auction websites. We saw this puzzle there as recently as June of this year.
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--8 February 2003:
Hi Jim,
The Fenway Park puzzle has been out of print for a couple of years now.
Nancy
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[835]from "KL"-13 December 2002:
Hello,

I would like to know if there is any kind of puzzle framing kits out there or if anyone has any good ideas on framing puzzles. I am not into collecting or selling puzzles for a profit. Working puzzles is just a very relaxing hobby of mine. My daughters have purchased several Thomas Kinkade puzzles and would like to frame them for hanging in their home. I work 3 or 4 500 piece puzzles a week. I work on them in the evening after a long day at work and it helps relax me. After I work them, if someone wants to keep it, I coat it front and back with modpodge and then spray a clear gloss over it. Right now I have 9 puzzles ready for framing but have not been able to find any stores that sell any kind of framing work for puzzles. We do not want to have them framed at a shop, we would like to do it ourselves. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

Regards,
"KL"
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from Jim McW--15 December 2002:
A number of puzzle manufacturers have included puzzle glue with their puzzles, but the only puzzle I recall which included a framing kit was described by a person who wrote in ( Q&A No. 489, Page 35).
You might do a search on the internet or in your local hardware store for resources on framing. We have a few comments on the subject on our site. Look on our FAQ page.
Jim McW
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[836]from "CM"-13 December 2002:
I have been searching for information on a Perfect Picture Puzzle. It is titled BOY AND DOG. The artist is Russell Sambrook. It is 12 X 16 card table size with over 325 pieces interlocking. Made in U.S.A. The box has two numbers on it: 113 and it also says No. 1216. It is still in the box but 1 piece is missing.
I browsed through the images of picture perfect boxes on your site but could not find a style/format match.
I am interested in the age of the puzzle. Any information is appreciated.
Thanks
"CM"
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[837]from "BG"-13 December 2002:
I BOUGHT 2 VINTAGE SPRINGBOK EDITIONS ART TYPE PZLS" ONE OF WHICH HAS A MODEL# 1050 ON IT & TITLED: "RENOIR-A GIRL WITH A WATERING CAN". THE OTHER PZL W/O A MODEL # IS TITLED: "SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE-LORD SEAHAM AS A BOY" ! BOTH OF THESE PZL BOXES STATE THEY CONTAIN MORE THAN 250 PCS. CAN ANYONE EMAIL ME A DATE FOR THESE TWO BEAUTIFUL WORKS OF ART AND THE MISSING # FOR THE LORD SEAHAM PZL ? ? ? MANY THANKS
"BG"
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from Jim McW--15 December 2002:
The first puzzle is from 1964, if it is no. F803. The second should be F801, from the same year.
Jim McW
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[838]from "KM"-14 December 2002:
Do you know if there was ever a puzzle made of Brueghel the Elder's Triumph of Death painting? I've seen one or two other paintings by Brueghel done into puzzles but not this one so far.
Thank you.
"KM"
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[839]from "KM16"-16 December 2002:
Hi
Iam looking for puzzle called Spirit Of The Wolf, made by The Pack Right Company.
Can anyone help.
Thank You
"KM16"
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[840]from "JS"-16 December 2002:
Can anyone help ? I am trying to find the first of the waddingtons limited edition christmas jigsaws. 1994 is the one I need to find. please let me know.
Thank You
"JS"
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[841]from "LB"-16 December 2002:
I had a jigsaw puzzle in the 80's when different themes of shoelace were all the rage - the puzzle showed a very worn tennis shoe and hundreds of these patterned shoelaces. I've been looking for this puzzle on internet auction sites for some time with no luck, does anyone have any idea who made this puzzle or has it been seen?
Thank You
"LB"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--8 February 2003:
Hi Jim,
I think this puzzle was made by American Publishing Co.
Nancy
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[842]from "C10"-10 December 2002:
My father in law has managed to collect all of the waddingtons limited edition christmas jigsaws starting in 1994 "Twelve days of Christmas" to the present day. The only problem is the dog ate the box for the 1st edition, and it was thrown out. He still has all the pieces, certificate, medal and photograph of the original packaging. Can you tell me is this likely to effect the value a lot, alternatively does anyone have the box (prehaps with missing pieces) and is willing to sell.

Kindest regards
"C10"
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from Jim McW--12 December 2002:
The dog was thrown out ?
Sorry, just kidding ! The box was thrown out, of course.
We do think the puzzle would be more valuable with an original box in good condition. You might get lucky and find a puzzle for sale, "as is", for a reasonable price.
Jim McW
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[843]from Jim McW--17 December 2002:
Arun sent us pictures of puzzles purchased in Sweden, which we posted in no. 772, Page 54. We have received these improved pictures of the puzzle boxes from Arun, which we post below, with our thanks [click on small images to see larger images]:

Hampton Court, London"Hampton Court, London", FALCONTM, Scenic DeLuxe.
Grindslanten"Grindslanten", by August Malmström, RAVENSBURGERTM.
Kasteel"Kasteel", WILD HORSETM, made by ALMELOTM, Netherlands.
Beside the Canal"Beside the Canal", by Willem Koekkoek, FALCONTM, Fine Art De Luxe.
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[844]from "YLL"-17 December 2002:
Hello, I am looking for a particular puzzle by John Sloane, called "Home Grown", 750 piece jigsaw puzzle 24"x18" ages 12 & up, No.2911-2, the company name is CEACO. This was all that was on the box. It is a farm scene with a barn and silo, an oak tree with an old black A-model truck with a farmer and little boy and dog. There is a sign on the truck that says Farm Fresh Produce.

I hope this information will help you locate this puzzle for me.

Thank you.

I found one at K-Mart and I have not found another one. I am interested in purchasing this puzzle can you HELP me?
"YLL"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--27 December 2002:
Home Grown is on our website (Missouripuzzle.com) under John Sloan puzzles, we do have it in stock.
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[845]from "anonymous"-17 December 2002:
I am looking for a puzzle I saw this summer at an airshow. I think the title was Tiger Hunt. It has a picture of two P-51 Mustangs flying over German tanks. Thanks,
"anonymous"
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from Nancy Ballhagen--8 February 2003:
Hi Jim,
Tiger Hunt was an FX Schmid puzzle, if I remember right and has been out of print for about 3 years or more.
Nancy
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[846]from "KB"-19 December 2002:
Hi There,

I have been looking for the "skater's pond" puzzle by Thomas Kinkade. Would you happen to know where I could find one. Thanks!
"KB"
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[847]from "anonymous"-19 December 2002:
I am looking for the Leprechaun puzzle. I had one in the 1970's and lost it when I relocated. As I recall the puzzle only contains 3 pieces. When it's put together one way, there are 12 mischievous leprechauns, and when it's put together another way there are 13 mischievous leprechauns. I REALLY want to find one!
"anonymous"
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[848]from "anonymous"-20 December 2002:
Hello,

I'm looking for a puzzle. It was manufactured by Jaymar in the 1970's and it is titled "Wacky Packages".

Do you know where I may find one?

Happy Holidays!

Thanks

"anonymous"
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[849]from from "NAW"--21 December 2002:
RE: no. 498, Page 36.
verticalville was the first puzzle designed by Bob Martin in 1975. He was a 1972 graduate of Arizona State university, Bob originally studied to be an architect but found he was mathmatically challenged. Since the 70's he designed more than 20 puzzles for springbok, including verticalville II. His most recent (this may be outdated) i think is: The North Pole Toy Company 2000. Bob now lives in ______ with his wife and dog, Quinn. I only know this because I'm currently spending hours online trying to purchase another of Martin's puzzles for my brother for Christmas. We grew up on them and absolutely love them. Sounds like you feel the same...check out "a short round of golf" it's also great.
"NAW"
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[850]from "anonymous"-23 December 2002:
Hi. I love large puzzles, and just finished a great one (Hasbro Guild 1000-piece puzzle of Berner Oberland, Switzerland). I have a question about an older one I picked up at a thrift store (same place I got the one I just mentioned). I know it's an older one, and here's the info I can give you:

Brand: Whitman "Guild Series"
Title: Farm In Fall
Number on Box: 4710-36

The pieces in this puzzle are much larger and thicker than the pieces in most puzzles these days. The dimensions of the puzzle are 21 1/2 by 27 1/2. The Guild logo on the box is similar to the one on the "Harbor Light" box that you picture, although it is older than that particular puzzle. The box pictures several other puzzles in the same series: "Autumn Passage", "Satzvey Castle, Germany", "Watch On The Waterfall", "Bornholm, Denmark" and "Fountain City, Wisconson". Do you have any idea as to how old this puzzle is?

Also, I have several other 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles:

Golden "Guild" series 4710-46 "Mt Ranier"
Rainbow Works 78922 "Wurttemburg, Germany"
Golden "Guild" series 4710-54 "Lunenburg, Vermont"
Rose Art "Prestige" series 09000 "Old Red Mill"
Rose Art "Kodacolor" series 77777 "Clements Mountain, Montana"
Milton Bradley "Big Ben" series 4962-7 "Hallstatt, Austria"
"Guild" series 4710-1 "Pumpkin Farm, Pownal, Vermont"
"Guild" series 4710-6 "Niarbyi, Isle of Man, UK"
Golden 4777-50 "Balloons"
Golden 4777-46 "Sunlit Church, Vermont"

I also have one 2000 Piece MB "Big Ben" series puzzle (this one is an actual puzzle of Big Ben) that I have never completed because of its extreme size and difficulty (the puzzle is 26 1/2 by 36 1/4), although I hope to complete it some day when I have enough room and time (not to mention patience!). The last two puzzles I mentioned are two of my favorites. The company that put those out is the same one that does the childrens' "Little Golden Books" series.

"anonymous"
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[851]from "DHS"-25 December 2002:
RE: Inquiry #606 from TA June 2002 [Page 43] -reference the lifesaver roll from Synergistics Research.

My neighbor has one and can't figure it out, is there some help out there??

Thanks,
"DHS"
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[852]from "KM"-27 December 2002:
I was excited to pick up a used Philmar Diadem puzzle M757 #1 Snake Charmer which shows a snake charmer playing to 2 cobras. As a herpitologist it was only my second puzzle with a snake on it. Unfortunately I started to do the puzzle but the puzzle inside the box is not the Snake Charmer. I've not finished it yet (my mood somewhat dampened by it not being what I expected) but it is clearly a line of soldiers (Indian) on horses with lances and I assume are Bengal Lancers.

Does anyone know of any puzzles of Bengal Lancers? I'm not even sure if this one is by Philmar - it might just be in the box. #2 in the series is called "Dress Rehearsal" so it could be that but I don't think so.

Thanks.
"KM"
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[853]from "MP"-28 December 2002:
Hi,

I am searching for a puzzle which was given to me as a present quite a few years ago but I have since lost it and would like to replace it but I'm not even sure where or if I can get another copy. It is called "A Christmas Kitchen", I have no idea who it is by but I think it was about 1000 pieces or maybe 1500 pieces. I have looked all the way through your sight but haven't had any luck. If you can shed any light on this for me I would be very grateful for any feedback.
Hope to hear from you soon,
"MP"
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[854]from "TAV"-27 December 2002:
do you know where i can get more of robert blair martins puzzles? i already have vertivalville II and the golf one and want more. my family will really appreciate it.

"TAV"
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from Jim McW--28 December 2002:
See no. 849, above.
Jim McW
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