Monthly Archives: April 2014

A BEAUTIFUL HAND…

…and I don’t mean a winning hand in the game of Mah Jongg. This time I am talking about creative handiwork that results in beautiful stitches on a wonderful needlepoint. Today’s photo comes to us from Joy H, a reader of this blog from Amherstburg (south of Windsor, Ontario) in Canada. 

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Thanks to Joy for sending this to us. If you have any Mah Jongg-related handiwork, please send pictures and they will be posted!

A BLIND CHARLESTON

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A faithful reader of this blog, DianeG, has sent in an explanation of what to do
when your 4th player doesn’t show up and you don’t want to play without a
Charleston. Please note: in this picture the book the middle dog is reading is “How to
Play Mah Jongg.” And it looks as if the little white doggie doesn’t really know how to play
because he is about to cheat!

“FAMILY PASTIMES FOR OLD AND YOUNG!”

With thanks to Tony Watson, “here is a rare advertising brochure for the British maker HP Gibson, describing their sets and pricing. From 1924-ish, very unusual to see this survivor.”

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MEMORIES OF PROJECT MAH JONGG

The Mah Jongg sets I collect are vintage sets, with some being perilously close to reaching 100 years old. However, there are a couple of new sets that I have not been able to resist, particularly the one that is a souvenir game from the  Project Mah Jongg exhibition. BTW, if you would like a smile to come to your lips, listen to this brief recording (it takes a moment to load – be patient) and then read this article about the exhibition from the New York Times written in March, 2010.

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REALLY?

I’m always interested in seeing or hearing about the designer or specialty Mah Jongg sets and recently I came across one by Cartier:

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Does anyone know anything about this set? Is it really by Cartier? Are there any pictures out there of the tiles and accessories?  Let me know if you have any information on this – or any other designer/specialty Mah Jongg sets that have not already been covered by this blog!