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Remember the posting that was up over these past few days? I was hoping for information regarding the Continental Federal Savings and Loan Association’s Mah Jongg card that my student found in her mother’s vintage set. Well, good news because our friend, the wonderful Katie A, knew all about it. Here is what she had to say:

This was a good marketing thing from them. This red looks like Wright-Patterson rules. This looks like Wright-Patterson. The blue one from Oklahoma City Federal Savings I have ends the date hands at 1963 (14th edition), so I guess that dates it. I also have one from Phoenix Federal First. Not the city in Arizona – “Phoenix Federal was founded in 1909 and is Muskogee’s largest savings and loan. This Association has enjoyed the confidence of the people of Oklahoma for more than 40 years.” This one doesn’t have year hands.

Here is the posting again, just to refresh your memory. And much thanks to Katie!

Sally, one of my newest students, found her mother’s bone and bamboo set and, along with the beautiful set, there was this booklet from Continental Federal Savings and Loan Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Based on the “date hands,” I am making an educated guess that this booklet is from 1975.

I don’t know if you can see the penciled notes on the front page but they are: Bams – Green; Craks – Red; Dots – White; and II = 2 ones.

It would seem to make sense that the Continental FSALA gave these booklets out to their valued customers, sort of like when gas stations or grocery stores gave out S&H Green Stamps. However, if anyone has any information on these booklets, please let me know. Here are the pages from the booklet for you to enjoy!



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The other day I received a very sweet note from Michele Frizzell, a Mah Jongg teacher in Atlanta. She told me about a great venue for a talk and book signing once our Mah Jongg book comes out. I so appreciate her thoughtfulness and I thought those of you in Georgia might want to know more about her. So, here is some information on a great Mah Jongg teacher in the South!


I love this picture of Michele and the “bling” on the sign behind her is fabulous! Read on for specific information on all that Michele has to offer…

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I am delighted to announce that my new book, MAH JONGG – The Art of the Game, is  now
available for pre-order at a special price on Amazon.com. This coffee table book is being
published by Tuttle Publishing and will be available on September 9, 2014. I wrote the book with
my dear friend and very talented writing partner Gregg Swain and we are fortunate enough to
have photographs by the incredibly gifted Michel Arnaud.
Before we introduce today’s teacher by the name of The Mahjong Lady, I want to thank my
wonderful friend K for clearing up the mystery of the Bams from yesterday. Here is
what she had to say:

Sweet set! Have a closer look, the all green painted bamboo tile has 6 pieces of bamboo, the bamboo pieces just are not separated. The bamboo tile with the red, blue and green has 9 pieces of bamboo, also no separation in the bamboo pieces. Just count the lines and you can tell the 6 bam from the 9 bam. In this case it is just a little bit harder to see, the different color in the paint sure helps.

Thanks, K!

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Today’s posting features a very talented and creative Mah Jongg teacher by the name of Ling
(Lin) Maris, aka The Mahjong Lady! She teaches American NMJL but will also teach you Wright
Patterson if you have an interest.
More about her creativity in a moment but first, a little history. Ling started out teaching the
Wright Patterson game of Mah Jongg. As she explains it,
“Any time you want to learn Wright Patterson,  I would be delighted to teach you. This is how I
originally started teaching.  It is an entirely different game of mahjong than League style.

There are no jokers, legal hands are listed in a book which generally does not change more than every 5-10 years.    It is not played with flowers in the hands, but the flowers give bonus’ and the scoring system is like the complex  Chinese scoring system.  I believe WP is the game imported to the US originally –   that first popularized mahjong in the USA – so it is probably  mahjong American style about 1914-15.

Now,  I believe it is quite popular with the various branches of armed forces because of its long length uniformity.  Wherever one is stationed, you will play mahjong the same with very few changes occurring. (No new card every year). The problem with this style-no matter how interesting,   is that few people realize it exists. No one really plays it unless you have some exposure to a base or are from the south.  I learned it from a southern  army brat because it was the game of the officers wives and she learned from her mother.

I began teaching WP, thinking it was a whole new undiscovered mahjong territory  – to discover I had more requests for League mah-jongg. Everyone wanted to play what their neighbor was playing – not this exotic “not real” mahjong. So I became a League style teacher and it blossomed.”

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