Book gives detailed, illustrated history of the jigsaw puzzle


December 16, 1990|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: I recently started to collect old jigsaw puzzles. Where can I find information on the various types and their values?

A: A terrific book that pictures, prices, describes and lists the manufacturers of countless jigsaw puzzles along with their histories, types, dates and sources is "Jigsaw Puzzles -- An Illustrated History and Price Guide," by Anne D. Williams, available for $27.45 postpaid from Wallace-Homestead Book Co., One Chilton Way, Radnor, Pa. 19089-0230; phone (800) 345-1214. An unusual 3-D wooden jigsaw puzzle, hand-crafted by Monkeypuzzle Inc. of England, picturing George Seurat's painting "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," is available in a limited edition of 500 for $250 each plus $9.50 shipping, or $32 plus $4.50 postage for a smaller unlimited version, from the Art Institute of Chicago's Museum Store, Michigan Avenue at Adams Street, Chicago, Ill. 60603; phone (312) 443-0849 or (800) 621-9337. The museum store sells a 32-page catalog of collectible and gift items for $1.

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