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Published November 20, 2022 Updated November 20, 2022

The Personalities and Books which shaped the game of Whist, 1860-1900

All the books described here are from Tony Hall's own collection, put together over years because of his fascination with how Whist evolved into Contract Bridge.

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By Tony Hall

Member since January 30, 2015

I started my interest in card games about 70 years ago, playing cribbage with my grandfather. Collecting card game materials started 50 years or so later, when time permitted. One cribbage board was a memory; two became the start of a collection currently exceeding 150!

Once interest in the social history of card games was sparked, I bought a wooden whist marker from the 1880s which was ingenious in design and unbelievably tactile. One lead to two and there was no stopping.

What happened thereafter is reflected in my articles and downloads on this site, for which I will be eternally grateful.


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