Our friend Boots (isn’t that the best name?!) has sent fabulous photos dating back to her early days with Mah Jongg.

Please enjoy – and much thanks to Boots for sharing these wonderful memories!

Boots wrote: In 1962, I was 31 years old and I had been playing MJ for about 10 years in Brackenridge, PA. This was the farewell game with my original group prior to my family moving to Southern California. Last Friday, at our semi-annual tournament (I won first place!) in Santa Maria, CA, we recreated the 1962 photo with “new friends”. I’m still playing at the age of almost 84 and the set is the same one that is shown in the original photo. Just imagine what tales those tiles could tell if they could only talk. Mine has been identified as a Royal Depth set. Yes, we played with the chips and settled up at the end…I think we played for $1.00 pi…still have the chips.

Here’s Boots at the farewell game in 1962:


And here’s is wonderful Boots just last Friday, playing with her “new friends” as they recreate the photo from 1962:


Please take a look at the beautiful Royal Depth Control Mah Jongg set…the very same one that Boots and her friends in 1962 were using for their game play.


Boots – thank you so much for sharing this wonderful set of memories. You are so beautiful!

Oh, and congratulations on winning FIRST PLACE at your tournament!!!



  1. Stuart Wilber

    Great photos – who’d have thought that Chinese men clicking tiles a hundred years ago would foster camaraderie in a small town in Pennsylvania in the 50’s. Congratulations, Boots.


    1. Donna

      I am so glad to say that Boots is my very good friend and that she recently celebrated her 65th Anniversary!! 😘


  2. Marjorie

    What a lovely picture you paint of your MaH Jong Playing history and how wonder ful it is to have you as a friend.


  3. Lynda Flynn

    Boots, I feel so fortunate to have met you and watch you beat the pants off me every other Friday!!


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