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I received the following message below from Martha S last week. I thought it was fairly easy to date the set since there were Jokers but then I started to question what this set was all about. Was it really wood? Did the Jokers belong to this set? Was it the same Cardinal Company that we all know and love?

Hello Ann,

I have a mahjongg set made of wood tiles that I have been told is from the 1960’s.  It is from Cardinal Products, NY NY.  It includes brown plastic racks and is in the original box.  Only 4 joker tiles (which say Big Joker on them – and 12 flowers.  The suits and dragons are the same as new sets.  The tile total is 152.  
Do you know of any way I could confirm the date of the set?
Thanks very much
And then Martha sent me photos. Because sets like this do not bring in a large price, they are worth keeping for their sentimental value. Martha’s mother used this set for her game play and, for that alone, I would hang on to it and cherish the memories it evoked. If any of you have any information on this set, please let me know – it would be so wonderful if Martha had a better knowledge of the set so loved by her mother. And, by the way, Martha said she might even learn the game!
Here are the photos:


Yesterday was my turn to host our weekly Mah Jongg game. Even though it was freezing outside, everyone showed up. I had a great time preparing our cold weather lunch; pictures and recipes will be posted later.

We started out our day by playing with the wonderful Pung Chow set given to me by X for Christmas. This set had never been used before and it was an honor and a delight for us to be the first to play with it. Here are the representative tiles from this incredible set:


What beautiful carvings! And don’t you just love the panda Jokers?! Continue reading



Madame Mahj has done it again! How cute are these MIniature Wrap-Ups?!! The package contains 30 different vintage Mah Jongg tile designs plus a glue stick. All you have to do is provide the mini-chocolate bars (I used Hershey’s Assorted Miniatures), glide the glue stick across the edge, wrap the tile design tightly around the chocolate bar, and press the glued edge down lightly. As Madame Mahj explains, the wrapper designs are inspired by vintage Cardinal, Crisloid, Eastern, ES Lowe, Gimbles, Macy’s, Met, Pung Chow, Rottgames, Royal Games, and Ten Flowers Mah Jongg sets. Continue reading


I usually am attracted to Mah Jongg sets from the 1920s and 1930s but there is one set from 1950 that has been of great interest to me. It is a Cardinal Tri-Color 3-Tone set that I have been seeking for quite a while. And now I have it!  This set is in great shape for being almost 65 years old – very clean and looking as if no one ever played Mah Jongg with it.

I just love those green backs!

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