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History of the Jigsaw Puzzle

Below is a list of 7 research & reference materials on the history of Jigsaw Puzzles for sale by Author and Historian Anne D. Williams. Please contact Anne directly if you are interested in purchasing these items. (Anne is a founding member of the AGCA! )

Anne D. Williams
Economics Dept., Bates College
Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone: 207-783-8732
Prices include book rate postage to US addresses. Foreign postage is extra. (For Priority mail add $2.00) Please send checks and money orders payable to: Anne D. Williams at the address above.
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Anne Williams is a Founding Member
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(Association for Games and Puzzles International)


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by Anne D. Williams.

Radnor, PA: Chilton/Wallace-Homestead, 1990. (now out of print) paperbound, 362+ pages, 64 color photos, 750 b&w photos. Contains history of jigsaw puzzles, details on history of 30 major manufacturers, collecting tips, valuation guide, price guide, 3 indexes. Can be autographed if desired.

Price: SOLD OUT - Nationwide! (Price was $45)


by Anne D. Williams. (Catalog for 1996 exhibition)

Lexington, MA: Museum of Our National Heritage, 1996.
Paperbound, 60 pages, color cover, 23 b&w photos. Includes:
--Exhibition checklist;
--List of current sources of hand-cut wood jigsaw puzzles;
--Essay "Jigsaw Puzzles: A Boston Area Tradition"
-Essay "Parker Brothers and Pastime Puzzles".
Can be autographed if desired.

Price: $18 postpaid



by Anne D. Williams. 1999 edition

This is an updated index to the above book, reflecting nine years ofadditional research. Lists over 3,700 puzzle brands and manufacturers,with locations, dates and type of product.Includes a guide to identifying Pastime Puzzle production dates.

Paperbound, 47 pages. Price: $8 postpaid. (Special: $5 with 1990 book)



**** BRITISH JIG-SAW PUZZLES OF THE 20TH CENTURY, by Tom Tyler. (published in England in 1997). Very informative, extremely well illustrated book that picks up where Linda Hannas left off. Good historical information on major English puzzle companies (Tuck, Chad Valley, Hayter/Spear, as well as contemporary manufacturers), almost 400 color pictures. 132 pages, hardbound. Price: $44 postpaid


Catalog Packet for 1988 exhibition at Bates College Museum of Art:
--Jigsaw puzzle postcard announcing the exhibition
--20 page booklet with essay on puzzle history and exhibition checklist
--illustrated article, "Unlocking the Puzzle's Puzzle"
--article on how to cut wood jigsaw puzzles.
Price $8 postpaid
Includes 19-page article, "Leisure in the Great Depression, The Many
Pieces of the Jigsaw Puzzle Story," by Anne D. Williams. (26 b&w
illustrations). Entire 128-page volume contains 8 other articles, mostly
on games, from a 1993 symposium. Price: $9 postpaid.
by Anne D. Williams and Robert Cole.
Video shown at the 1996 puzzle exhibition at the Museum of
Our National Heritage, Lexington, MA. Segments include:
--Puzzle-Making at Parker Brothers. Features Pastime Puzzles and
interviews with former employees. One cutter demonstrates how she
created her own patterns for figure pieces.
--Jig-Saw Craze Sweeps Country. newsreel footage of Depression-era puzzle mania.
--How Puzzles Are Made. Features contemporary puzzle makers,
including Stave Puzzles (hand-crafted wood puzzles) and
Hallmark (die-cut cardboard puzzles).
9 minutes total; VHS (American) format only.
Price: $18 postpaid

OTHER Books of Interest!

Neatly Dissected, for the Instruction of Young Ladies and Gentlemen in the Knowledge of Geography : John Spilsbury and Early Dissected Puzzles. Cotsen Occasional Press, 1999

Such Constant Affectionate Care : Lady Charlotte Finch, Royal Governess to the Children of George III. Cotsen Occasional Press, 2003

BOTH books are available at http://ccl.princeton.edu/research

The above items are all sold by Anne D. Williams personally. Please direct all orders and inquiries to her at the address or phone number above! Thank you.

WHEN ORDERING, please tell Anne that you saw her reference material listed on MGC's Wooden Puzzles web site. Thank you.

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