par picture puzzle

Par Picture Puzzle

par picture puzzle

The Par Picture Puzzle is among the most sought-after jigsaw puzzle brands ever made...and with good reason. The Par Company of Brooklyn, New York has been manufacturing these wood-backed jigsaw puzzles since the 1930's. The quality of craftsmanship in the intricately-cut wooden backed pieces is simply stunning, and the time and expertise it takes to assemble one is a challenge even to the most experienced puzzle solvers. However, its the figural silhouettes hidden in the squiggly biomorphic puzzle pieces that really make a Par Picture Puzzle different. Every Par Picture Puzzle has a number of highly-detailed figural pieces of people, animals and objects. Here are some examples of the figural pieces in our puzzle.par picture puzzle

These figural pieces differ in every puzzle they made. Some appear to match the general theme of the puzzle illustration, but for the most part, are completely random and adorable. The Par Company is actually still around to this very day, still making heirloom-quality puzzles with their copyrighted figural pieces. Par Picture Puzzle

The Par Picture Puzzle shown here is one of their earliest from the 1930's. The green label with the seahorse logo is from the first generation of Par Puzzles. By the late-1930s or early-1940s, they switched to a black and white label, which looks identical save for the subtraction of the green color. The title of the puzzle is Down Dunwich Way, a pretty impressionist painting of florists and shoppers.  par picture puzzleThe Par name is in reference to the golfing term, and each puzzle has a "par time" rating that puzzle enthusiasts try to match or beat. The "par" for this particular puzzle was five hours. I can't remember the last time either of us actually played with a jigsaw puzzle, and we had no illustration of what the finished puzzle was supposed to look like! Working blindly, we were about 10 hours in and still had no idea what the puzzle depicted and if we would ever be able to solve it. Five hours? more like 50 hours! And much of that time included both of us working on it simultaneously.

My wonderful mother-in-law found another Par Picture Puzzle for us at an estate sale. Scroll down to see pictures of it!

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PAR Wood Picture Puzzle “The Bitter End”, 500 Pieces, Early
PAR Wood Picture Puzzle “The Bitter End”, 500 Pieces, Early
$450.00
Time Remaining: 3d 17h 1m
VINTAGE PAR PICTURE PUZZLE THE ROCK PILE 800 PIECES WINDSOR CASTLE ENGLAND
VINTAGE PAR PICTURE PUZZLE THE ROCK PILE 800 PIECES WINDSOR CASTLE ENGLAND
$850.00
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PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 870 pcs 37 FIG Paris Roger Bezombes Flowers “FLORALIES”
PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 870 pcs 37 FIG Paris Roger Bezombes Flowers “FLORALIES”
$1,799.99
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PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 806 pcs 31 FIG Qantas Japan Rooster Harry Rogers
PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 806 pcs 31 FIG Qantas Japan Rooster Harry Rogers
$1,650.00
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PAR puzzle 826 pcs 30 FIG N Africa Tunisia Land of Traditions Hatem El Mekki
PAR puzzle 826 pcs 30 FIG N Africa Tunisia Land of Traditions Hatem El Mekki
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Perfect Collector item! PAR Pictures Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle - C Is for Cat ?
Perfect Collector item! PAR Pictures Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle - C Is for Cat ?
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PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 804 pcs 27 FIG Travel In Austria “Little Baggage”
PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 804 pcs 27 FIG Travel In Austria “Little Baggage”
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PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 796 pcs 26 FIG Air France EUROPE Nathan Arc de Triomphe
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PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 841 pcs 30 FIG Pan Am ROME Swiss Guard St Peter Basilica
PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 841 pcs 30 FIG Pan Am ROME Swiss Guard St Peter Basilica
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PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 857 pcs 33 FIG
PAR Puzzle Jigsaw Wood 857 pcs 33 FIG "Ratapan" ROME TWA David Klein
$1,799.99
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Vintage PAR Puzzle Wooden Jigsaw 750 Pcs In Bright Array Flowers 23 Figurals
Vintage PAR Puzzle Wooden Jigsaw 750 Pcs In Bright Array Flowers 23 Figurals
$1,200.00
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Par Wood puzzle - Men Missing - 500 piece- Japanese Garden scene
Par Wood puzzle - Men Missing - 500 piece- Japanese Garden scene
$425.00
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 45m
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BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE PAR PICTURE PUZZLE EAGLES FLY HIGH WOMAN MOUNTAIN POLISH FLAG?
BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE PAR PICTURE PUZZLE EAGLES FLY HIGH WOMAN MOUNTAIN POLISH FLAG?
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The Wizard Of Oz Monopoly Board Game - Collector’s Edition. Brand New, Sealed
The Wizard Of Oz Monopoly Board Game - Collector’s Edition. Brand New, Sealed
$135.54
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Antique Wooden PAR Jigsaw Puzzle
Antique Wooden PAR Jigsaw Puzzle "I Go My Way" 600+ Pieces, 20 Figurals!
$1,300.00
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par picture puzzle This Par Picture Puzzle is titled "Who's High" and contains approximately 400 wood-backed pieces, including 8 figural cutouts. It has vivid colors and unusual subject matter depicting a Middle Eastern persian rug auction.  The inner lid tells the history of the puzzle, which was originally purchased in New York on September 21, 1948, along with a date for each time the puzzle was successfully completed. The puzzle measures approximately 13 inches x 15 inches when assembled. Par time:  3 hours, 20 minutes. Actual time:  approximately 10-12 hours.

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