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A while ago I received an email from Diane G asking for help on identifying a box containing bone and bamboo tiles, which she bought at an estate sale a few years back. I looked at the only photo of the tiles that Diane sent and am fairly confident that these tiles were made by the Mah Jongg Sales Company of America.


But the Mah Jongg Sales Company of America almost always put their name on their boxes – nowhere does their name or logo appear on this particular box. Apparently made of rosewood, this box has been painted gold and, as Diane pointed out, was clearly made for the American market as you can see from the words written in English, “MADE IN CHINA,” displayed on the back.


The question Diane is asking is whether or not this is the original box for these tiles. What company used the little guy holding perhaps a drum or a gong or a lantern – (I really don’t know what he is holding)? Which one of you out there has seen this logo before? Or, as I suggested to Diane, did the person who painted this box also add this sweet little figure that looks like something from an A.A. Milne book after he or she painted over the rosewood?

Tony? Tom? Michael? Any thoughts? Diane would love to know and now, so would I! Please send me your thoughts and I will publish them in a  later post.


And Diane, thank you for the lovely message you sent along with these photos – it means the world to me.


Our dear friend Boots in Central California sent me the following email and photos:

“Hi Ann,
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…

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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!!!):image2

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 – Saw your post about someone wanting an American Mah Jongg teacher in Virginia Beach.  I didn’t see a date on the request and ….
1. I teach American Mah Jongg for the adult learning community where I live 
2. Will be part-time living in the VB area within the month.
Too funny – I googled mah jongg Virginia Beach hoping to connect with some people to play with while I am there – 
So if these people are still looking for a teacher, please connect us!