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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

The Billiard Room: 1908

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The Billiard Room: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "Billiard room, Fort William Henry Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Keeping Score

The beads on the wire are used to keep score in straight pool or 14.1 continuous pocket billiards, the standard game of the day and the most popular game in America up until about 40 years ago. My grandfather had the same such counters hung up in his basement over his pool table. You still see some straight pool played in serious billiard halls, but it has long yielded to nine ball in popularity.

The Mancave.

Today I suppose it'd have curtains with a Nascar theme and lights over the tables advertising some beer or another.

Hmmph!

Just as I say it takes judgement, brains and maturity to score in a Balke line game, I say that any boob can take and shove a ball in a pocket.

Billiards vs. Pool

Some people may not recognize the billiard table in the rear of the photo. It lacks the pockets of its cousin, the pool table.

In two delicious flavors!

With pockets, or without.

Not enough room.

A great shot of lovely tables. But this seems to be an afterthought by the hotel. The intrusive column on the right of the pool table would prevent any serious play. Otherwise well equipped, the adaption of a spare corridor was not well thought out.

Afterthought

It looks very tight. The space doesn't look like it was planned as a Billiard Room from the beginning. Awkward.

 
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