Notes from Puzzle Palace

Friday, June 18, 2021

Small progress update

 Thus far we have recieved 251 boxes including the puzzle cabinets.  All of the cabinets have been placed where they belong and are now well on the way to being filled.  

Tuesday morning George and I took a drive south and picked up an additional 50 bookcase selves so I can finish placing the jigsaws and later so we can place the library books.  He managed to get them all installed the next day and now we are heading back to Sunrise for another 25 shelves and 18 glass shelves. This is the way our Ikea works. A few pieces at a time.  It's a good thing we have an electric car or we would be spending more on gas than the parts are worth. On Wednesday I decided I need a file cabinet.  As luck would have it, I found one on FaceBook marketplace that was a 20 minute drive north of here.  It's black and just the perfect size for the wall space I have for it in the garage.  Now I have a place I can store all of the extra sheets that have come along with the puzzles. These will take me years to sort out.   I've no system designed for it as of today and not even sure where to begin.  Thursday saw us driving back to Ikea for another 25 book shelves and 36 more glass shelves.  

As of Friday morning I've only 56 of the original 251 boxes left to unpack. I can't even begin to tell you what unpacking is like.  I flatten every piece of wrapping paper looking for extra pieces of puzzles, or wrapping papers that have been stuck in between.  It is torture for me.  I'm allergic to something in the boxes, or the paper and have a terrible rash on my forearms now.  I know it will go away when everything is unboxed, but for now it itches and hurts.  

The movers flaked out again.  We were to have all boxes delivered by Thursday but they texted and said it would be another week at least.  So much for pre-payment of delivery.  

George has been working on installing shelves and adding usable handles to some of the shelves we have. He doesn't unbox because he says he can't remember where he put things.  I have a very good memory for items and am much better suited to unpacking, but it makes for slow progress.

I wish I had a puzzle to feature today, but I've not played with any this week at all.  I have a few photos of some older moving piece puzzles to show for pure viewing pleasure. I spent many years searching for some of those puzzles only to open a box and find them here.  Some have only been prototyped, while others were (and some still are) commercially available in one color or another. 

As always, the HDM collection at the Puzzle Palace Museum is available for viewing by contacting George or myself.  I'll close here and go back to unboxing. If I'm lucky, I should be able to be finished before the next set of boxes arrives.


  1. Thanks for the update and photos. Those are some of my favorites. The two Nintendo Crossover puzzles are still quite coveted. I had red and green, but sold one last year.

  2. I have seen a few I have got in my collections, really great to see, love the photos more please