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Pool Game: 1924

Pool Game: 1924

June 20, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Warm weather Mah-Jongg at Wardman Park Hotel pool. Left to right: Jane Eynon, Betty Carey, Helen Plummer, Ruth Nebecker." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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An excuse to cool off

I suppose if you dropped a tile, it would be a good excuse to duck down into the water and cool off while you retrieved it.

Fun in the Sun

I just recently read (today, for that matter) that Mahjongg was a wildly popular game in the 1920s. Great to see picture evidence to back up my research! I love the swim caps, too. Thank you,, for these photos. I especially love the ones from the 20s.

Do the tiles float?

I've never seen a floating game of Mah Jong before! I wonder if the tiles float.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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