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Electrical Mah Jong

De la Rue & Co Ltd already produced conventional Mah-Jongg sets with bone and bamboo tiles, but this ‘Electrical Mah Jong’ card game was produced for The Western Electric Company Ltd in 1924 for the Wembley Exhibition, at which they had a stand, showing old radios, cables and telephones of the period from 1875 to 1924. At that time the Western Electric Company was a major player in the advancement of International Communications, producing over half the world’s telephones and a wide range of components, cables, wireless and receiving apparatus, some of which are illustrated on the cards below  more →

See: the boxthe score card.

Suits symbols are Phones (P), Radio Valves (R) and Cables (C). Winds are East, South, West, and North. Dragon Cards are Arial (Red), Earth (Green), and Ether (White). Red Honour Cards are Periods - 1875, 1898, 1918, and 1924. Green Honour Cards are Symbols - Western Electric Company Limited London, WEC, Quality First Cables and Telephones, and Western Electric Modern Domestic.

Cards from ‘Electrical Mah Jong’ produced by De La Rue for The Western Electric Company Ltd in 1924

Above: cards from ‘Electrical Mah Jong’ produced by De La Rue for The Western Electric Company Ltd in 1924. 148 gold edged cards plus 4 scoring cards. All images courtesy Rex Pitts.

Last Updated December 04, 2015 at 07:24pm

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