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Quite a while ago I posted a shout-out for help for Babs, a good friend of this blog. You can read the original post at the bottom of this message. Babs has now sent an update and we are appealing to you for help. Here is what she wrote:

Hi Ann! It’s me again! I am just checking in with your readers one more time. I have almost accumulated all the images of the NMJL cards. I am still missing 1946, and pre-1940 cards. I have managed through the generosity of fellow Mah Jongg players nationwide to find images of all the other years! Absolutely amazing! So, if you could post another plea for help I would be most appreciative. Someone must have a friend-of-a-friend with one tucked away somewhere! Feel free to share my email with anyone who can help! Thanks so much! Babs 

If you can help – and I hope you will! – please contact me and I will put you in touch with Babs. 

Here is the original posting: I received an email from Babs, a good friend of this blog. Babs is working on a very interesting and novel project. As she wrote,  “I am looking for older Mah Jongg cards. I am trying to make a complete image collection of all cards from the first year the NMJL made the card to the present. A big task, I know….do you or your “friends” have any  images of cards from the following years: 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1993,  1992, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1975, 1974, 1972, 1971, 1970, 1969, 1967, 1966, 1962, and all earlier years. Hope you can help or point me to a friend that can…

I am not aware of anyone else who has tried to put this together. I think it would be fascinating to see all the different hand combinations since the early days of Mah Jongg. Yes, I did get a number of images off eBay, but they are not complete. Most are missing the rules page which tell you the number of Flowers/Jokers for the years, or the images are too blurry to see all the hands. I have googled umpteen hundred searches for every year from 1938 and on (searching: NMJL, Mah Jongg card, Mah Jongg rule, Mah Jongg hands) so far to try and complete this, but there are not enough images online to make complete renderings of all the years. I have managed to buy a lot of cards when they are reasonable in price…but some people are charging $40.00 or more dollars for a single card…ridiculous! Considering I have 78 years to find, that’s quite expensive. Any help is appreciated. I don’t care if they have 6 separate images for each card’s panel or have 2 images , one for each side. I am stitching together what I can….and if anyone wants to donate their cards in the years I noted, I am happy to provide an address to send it to….:)  My oldest card, that I own is 1944.  Let me tell you, there have been some crazy hands……….Thanks! Babs

So, if anyone has cards from the years that Babs has cited, please let me know and I will put you in touch with her. It would be such fun to see the finished product so let’s try to help her, even if we are just loaning her cards to use for the images.



Recently I received a message from Valerie in upstate New York. I responded to her question by telling her that I didn’t think it would be a problem…but then I decided I would let all of you chime in. Please let me know your thoughts…

Hi Ann ~ I enjoy your blog and wonder how you keep up with it!  I have a question about marking my card.  When I first learned to play, I marked my card up a Lot.  Stars, highlights, underlines, notes… I still find those annotations useful.  When I play with my local friends we have a very relaxed atmosphere and no one cares what my card looks like, but I’m wondering if my card would raise eyebrows at tournament play.  What do you think?
Valerie, upstate NY


Wonderful Shirley  and her Thursday Mah Jongg group in Toronto had one last final fling with the 2014 card. Shirley wrote:

Because I only provided my Thursday group with their 2015 cards at our last game, we decided to play one last time with the 2014 card. Doubles gave me $6.00 on that hand. Wish I had picked it myself…

The person who gave me my mahj also foiled me in my quest to complete the 336 33669 336699 hand one final time.


Beautiful set and racks! 

Anybody else having a final fling with the old card before succumbing to the call of the new? Or is everyone now using the 2015 card exclusively?


Martina G sent me this photo of a NMJL card from 1947 – her birth year – with the following message:

This is the coolest thing. A Mah Jongg card the year I was born! I loved it so much I copied one side and had it all framed! Notice, only 50 cents for the card! We have come a long way!! Love your blogg!! 


I love that Martina has framed this and it got me to thinking…what a great birthday or hostess gift for our Mah Jongg-playing friends. Do any of you collect the NMJL cards from your birthdate or any other occasions? Let me know and send pictures! And much thanks to Martina for sending this fun photo!


Yesterday was my turn to host our weekly Mah Jongg game and I was happy to do so. I was really looking forward to serving this Mediterranean lunch since it does feel as if the sun is actually out again after the horrid winter. Recipes will be posted tomorrow but in the meantime, here are some pictures of our lunch and some hands played from the new NMJL 2014 card.


This was such a fun lunch to prepare. The homemade hummus (so much better than store-bought and so easy to make!) was yummy – right before everyone arrived I drizzled some Sriracha and some olive oil on it and a few toasted pignoli. The feta cheese had some olive oil and pepper on it and then some thyme leaves. And, at the last moment, I sprinkle some minced parsley on the homemade Tzatziki (again, a really easy recipe). The pita triangles were toasted for about 10 minutes until they were crispy and delicious.

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A few days ago I received a request from a reader to show the different kind of pouches and bags that we all use to hold our coins and our NMJL card.  So, I now ask all of you readers of this blog to send me photos of what you use. In the meantime, here are a few samples of the types of pouches and totes I have used or seen lately:

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This is the front and back of the pouch that I use for my money. I love this little pouch and it is the perfect size to hold lots and lots of quarters! And then it is usually just about empty when I bring it home…

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