Billiards Back Then

Billiards Back Then Offering the finest billiards collectibles through the game's history. Billiards has a rich history spanning hundreds of years. This page will display some of the most interesting collectibles, books, and art, relating to cue sports.
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Masako Katsura honored today on google’s homepage!!
03/07/2021
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Masako Katsura honored today on google’s homepage!!

Johnston City Tournament Program from 1970. VERY rare. Let me know what you think.
02/11/2021

Johnston City Tournament Program from 1970. VERY rare. Let me know what you think.

Johnston City Tournament Program from 1970. VERY rare. Let me know what you think.

Incredible Roberto Rojas exhibition from 1995, found in the archive!
11/20/2020
Roberto Rojas Artistic Billiards Exhibition 1995

Incredible Roberto Rojas exhibition from 1995, found in the archive!

Romine's Billiards was the host of this excellent artistic billiards exhibition by Roberto Rojas from 1995. Player and promoter Deno Andrews organized a midw...

Loni Brandes was a top female 3-cushion player in the mid-to-late 20th century. She was well respected by her male peers...
11/02/2020

Loni Brandes was a top female 3-cushion player in the mid-to-late 20th century. She was well respected by her male peers in a male-dominated sport.

Anyone want to take a guess at the names of the players in this group shot from the mid 1900s?
11/02/2020

Anyone want to take a guess at the names of the players in this group shot from the mid 1900s?

Ruth McGinnis was a great pocket billiards player, paving the way and empowering other women to play in an era that was ...
11/02/2020

Ruth McGinnis was a great pocket billiards player, paving the way and empowering other women to play in an era that was unwelcoming to female players. Please share and pay tribute to this pioneer.

Hand colored print. Bragging rights if you can name the players and the tournament!
10/27/2020

Hand colored print. Bragging rights if you can name the players and the tournament!

George Pentaris and Masako Katsura.
10/27/2020

George Pentaris and Masako Katsura.

This is such a cool story!
10/27/2020

This is such a cool story!

I need help confirming the history of my 1906 Brunswick pool table, please. I was told that it came from the billiards hall in the basement of the second Zinzendorf Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. I can’t find any photos of it anywhere. I was also told that Willie Mosconi, Minnesota Fats, and other pool greats shot on my table. If anyone can confirm this, I would LOVE to know. TIA!

1953 World 3-Cushion Billiards Championship tournament program cover.
10/25/2020

1953 World 3-Cushion Billiards Championship tournament program cover.

1940 World Championship tournament program signed by all the players! One of the rarest collectibles in all of billiards...
10/25/2020

1940 World Championship tournament program signed by all the players! One of the rarest collectibles in all of billiards. Please share and "Like" this page for more great collectibles.

Found this today. It's a center-fold from an old magazine. Can you imagine being in this room?
10/25/2020

Found this today. It's a center-fold from an old magazine. Can you imagine being in this room?

Original Scrapbook of Norman Ross, a notable player from the midwest. 1940s-1960s vintage. Enjoy!
10/22/2020

Original Scrapbook of Norman Ross, a notable player from the midwest. 1940s-1960s vintage. Enjoy!

1941 World 3-Cushion Championship. What a scene. I would have loved to have been there.
10/22/2020

1941 World 3-Cushion Championship. What a scene. I would have loved to have been there.

Early 20th century match holder.
10/21/2020

Early 20th century match holder.

Check out this painting. Looks like a great place.
10/19/2020

Check out this painting. Looks like a great place.

Kentfield on Billiards 1st Edition from 1839. Very rare early book.
10/19/2020

Kentfield on Billiards 1st Edition from 1839. Very rare early book.

Has anyone ever seen the French "Hustler" movie poster? To get a sense of its large size, that's an adult hand in the lo...
10/19/2020

Has anyone ever seen the French "Hustler" movie poster? To get a sense of its large size, that's an adult hand in the lower left corner. This one is mint condition and linen backed to preserve the poster for posterity.

Early 20th century French poster by notable artist Raoul Vion. While the poster is really a bicycle ad, the billiard the...
10/19/2020

Early 20th century French poster by notable artist Raoul Vion. While the poster is really a bicycle ad, the billiard theme is strong!

03/11/2020
Willie Hoppe Entertaining Troops in WWII

Willie Hoppe was one of the greatest billiardists in history. Here he is shooting the final shot in what was an exhibition entertaining troops in WWII.

02/03/2020

Funny clip about using powder, from The Honeymooners.

Women were kicking ass at billiards for over 100 years. This is from 1916 in Billiards Magazine. This couple would trave...
02/01/2020

Women were kicking ass at billiards for over 100 years. This is from 1916 in Billiards Magazine. This couple would travel the country doing exhibitions and taking on challengers. I wish there was video. You'll have to use your imagination.

Who's your favorite character? Mine is the dude second from right who looks less than thrilled to be in this picture. I ...
02/01/2020

Who's your favorite character? Mine is the dude second from right who looks less than thrilled to be in this picture. I wonder what was going through his mind.

07/31/2019
Mr 600 John Schmidt

Mosconi's record has been broken by John Schmidt. Let's support him and like his page.

My husband has a new title. By besting his prior moniker of Mr400, and exceeding a 65 year record in 14.1 Continous (526 by the Great 'Willie Mosconi').
On May 27th 2019, at Easy Street Billiards, John set a new world record with 626 aka Mr.600 :-)

It reads Billiard Match A. Campbell V A.G. Piggot
06/20/2019

It reads Billiard Match A. Campbell V A.G. Piggot

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I need help confirming the history of my 1906 Brunswick pool table, please. I was told that it came from the billiards hall in the basement of the second Zinzendorf Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. I can’t find any photos of it anywhere. I was also told that Willie Mosconi, Minnesota Fats, and other pool greats shot on my table. If anyone can confirm this, I would LOVE to know. TIA!