There were no computers. There were no televisions. But there were jigsaw puzzles. And assembling them was a favorite pastime of Jane Phillips, wife of Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company.

            Now, for just the second time in the history of the Frank Phillips Home, the rare collection of Jane’s assembled jigsaw puzzles will be on display to the public. On September 14, 15, 16 and 17 and October 12, 13, 14 and 15, the Frank Phillips Home docents and staff are giving guided tours of this exhibit rather than the historical tours of the interior of the home, according to Kim Goss of the Frank Phillips Home. Reservations are recommended.

            The collection consists of 27 puzzles, including 21 Pastime puzzles…all assembled in 2006 by staff and volunteers of the Frank Phillips Home. This marked the first time since the 1960s that this extensive collection of puzzles had been assembled, Goss explained.

            Large puzzles took approximately 150 to 200 hours to complete, while small puzzles took about 30 hours to assemble. And this was accomplished with no pictures to guide the assemblers.

            Themes of the collection are varied and include history, literature, fairytales, current events, pastoral scenery, international commerce, internationally geography and flower identification. The collection contains five pre-1932 puzzles possessing children’s themes.

            On September 14 and October 12, Frank Phillips Home Curator Jim Goss will present a special program in the Home’s library about the history of Pastime Puzzles and some of the fascinating facts about this special collection. Both presentations will begin at 12:10 p.m. and end at 1 p.m.

            For more information about this exhibit or the Frank Phillips Home, call 918.336.2491, ext. 103, or visit

The Frank Phillips Home is a member of Green Country Marketing Assn., one of 11 multi-county organizations working with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Travel Industry Assn. and the other multi-country associations to promote the state tourism industry.


Jeanette Swindell,

Public Relations Consultant

Green Country Marketing Assn.

2805 E. Skelly Drive, #805

Tulsa, OK 74105