Our dear friend Boots in Central California sent me the following email and photos:
My friend who just learned to play and is a fab player just got this set from her brother. She figures it was her grandfather’s who passed away in 1946 in SF. We found a similar set on p. 21 in your book. We need 4 blanks to add to the extra 4 blanks that are with the set.”
Here’s today’s first shout out for help: If anyone has 4 orphans to match this set, these are the measurements (thanks to Donna and her husband!): the length of the tiles are approximately 1 and 3/16, the thickness is 7/16, and the width is 13/16.
Now enjoy looking at this lovely – and well-preserved – bone and bamboo set from the 1920s by the Mah Jongg Sales Co. of America…
And here is Maggi, the proud recipient of this wonderful gift from her brother (and I note that she happens to be reading Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game!!!):
And now, one more shout-out for help – a while ago I posted a call out for Mah Jongg teachers in the Virginia Beach area. Jane just now saw the posting and sent the following email so, if anyone is looking for lessons in the VB area, let me know and I will connect you with Jane.
Ann, you have a way of meshing people’s needs together. One story leads to another and to another. What a great roadway you have created for us!
I also have a set of that vintage that I bought on ebay and needed extra tiles. I was able to find many similar tiles sold on ebay and I bought some that matched and used stickers to complete my set. They were inexpensive.
Thanks, Lee. I will let Maggi know about this.