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I opened up my email yesterday morning and saw this sweet photo from my dear friend, the wonderful Toby Salk. And then I read Toby’s words below the photo…lesson learned – you never know unless you ask!

“Emily LOVES Mah Jongg!

By the way…this ROYAL set was my Aunt Rose’s 
Me: Aunt Rose, Are you still playing Mah Jongg?
Aunt Rose: No, just Scrabble.
Me: Can I have your set?
Aunt Rose: Oh, you don’t want it. It’s really old. 

Yes, Toby is definitely lucky to have this beautiful OLD set. How many of you have similar stories? Let me know and I will post those wonderful stories (and photos!) in a future blog.


Our dear friend, Toby Salk, reminded me that even the most famous people find time to play Mah Jongg! Scroll down to see Julia Roberts’ quote about our favorite game. BTW, my “sister” Johni Levene (the founder of Mah Jongg That’s It on Facebook) was Julia’s teacher so we know for sure that Julia is a top player!


The other day I posted a wonderful image that had come from Toby Salk‘s email – and a number of you wondered where she could have found such a fabulous picture. Well, the mystery is solved thanks to the marvelous Annelise Heinz, who is definitely an authority when it comes to American culture and Mah Jongg.

Annelise sent me an email with the following message: “…this image is actually from my article, “Performing Mahjong in the 1920s: White Women, Chinese Americans, and the Fear of Cultural Seduction,” which was published in 2016 in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. Isn’t it an amazing image?? I begin the article by talking about the meaning we can draw from it, in the context of the 1920s mahjong fad.”

If you are interested in reading this article, head on over to Annelise’s website where you will find a link to the article. From there, you can access the article at no cost if you are using a computer at a library that has a subscription to the database, or you can sign up for a 2-week trial and access it for free. If none of this works for you, Annelise is kind enough to let us contact her directly via the website and she will share a pdf.

And now, here is that amazing image once again:





Our very dear friend, Toby Salk, always finds the best Mah Jongg images. I know you are going to love this one – thanks, Toby!


                Our dear friend, the very wonderful Toby Salk, lets us know that even Barbie ❤ Mah Jongg!


My wonderful friend Toby Salk posted an interesting reproduction photo on her last Mah Jongg email message, taken from Judge Magazine.Wait a minute, Toby!…have you been peeking into my jewelry box?!!!