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Wanted: Leisure Hour Puzzle Company

... Texas fellow wants the scoop on a one-time Melrose concern.

E-mail from Ron Gumm

Subject: PUZZLE
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 98 08:41:58 Pacific Daylight Time
From: Ron "Ron" Gumm (Ron.Gumm@gte.net)
To: melrose@media.mit.edu

To Whom it May Concern,

I acquired two wooden puzzles in early 1980, and just recently got them out and started to put them together. They appear to be quite old and one puzzle has several pieces missing , but the other puzzle has 218 of the 219 pieces and it is titled " The Young Jam Hunters", and was made by the Leisure Hour Puzzle Co. of  Melrose, Mass.

I am trying to date the Puzzles but I can't find anything on the Leisure Hour Puzzle Co. and was hoping that you may have some information as to when it was in Melrose and possibly when it stopped making puzzles.Any information you might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance,
Sincerely, Ron Gumm


Subject: Re: Puzzling.
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 21:59:11 -0400
From: Don Norris of the Melrose Mirror (d-lnorris@worldnet.att.net)
To: Ron Ron Gumm (Ron.Gumm@gte.net)

Hello Ron: I need your explicit permission to run your message in the "Letters" section.

In the meantime, I've never heard of Leisure Hour Puzzle Company, but there are a lot of local citizens who dig history. They'll respond if we run your request in the Mirror.

Don Norris,
Editor #7 of 5.


Hello Don: Thanks for your fast response to my puzzling situation, You have my permission  to run my message in the "Letters" section of the Mirror. I suspect that these puzzles  are from the late 20's or early 30's and they are extremely unique as to the small pieces and how they were cut. You may use my e-mail address or my mailing address.

e-mail---  Ron.Gumm@GTE.net
Mailing address--P.O. Box 687
Harleton, Texas  75651

Thanks again for the quick response
Sincerely, Ron Gumm

EDITOR'S NOTE (Don Norris): Anyone out there know of the Leisure Hour Puzzle Company? If so, please write to Ron, with copy to the Melrose Mirror. Everybody is anxious for this one.

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