Online Collections

Search Tips

Quotation Marks—Enclosing a multiword phrase in quotation marks tells the search engine to list only sites that contain those words in that exact order.

The following must appear in ALL CAPS and with a space on each side.

AND—Indicates that the records found must contain all the words joined by the AND operator. For example, to find objects that contain the words wizard, oz, and movie, enter wizard AND oz AND movie.

OR—Records found must contain at least one of the words joined by OR. For example, to find objects that contain the word dog or the word puppy, enter dog OR puppy.

AND NOT—Indicates that the records found cannot contain the word that follows the term AND NOT. For example, to find objects that contain the word pets but not the word dogs, enter pets AND NOT dogs.

Compulsory Education

jigsaw puzzle

Philadelphian George W. Fiss and his nephew, G.W. Fiss Jr., both cut puzzles during the first wave of jigsaw puzzle popularity during the early years of the 20th century in America. The younger Fiss cut a puzzle from a large print issued by Pear's Soap in 1910. Both men's puzzles are difficult to assemble but this particular puzzle undoubtedly posed an extra problem. Fiss cut a spider web pattern in the upper left quadrant of the puzzle, easily visible in the dark brown color of that area. So many similar pieces to puzzle out! George W. Fiss's puzzle notebook (also in the Strong's collection) shows that they cut a total of 114 puzzles between 1909 and 1921 and loaned them to family and friends.

  • Manufacturer: G.W. Fiss Jr.
  • Material: printed paper | Plywood
  • Origin: Philadelphia, PA
  • Style: figural | color line
  • Object ID: 114.2463
Creative Commons License