Saturday, February 9, 2013


Here's some of the material I'm referencing (incomplete - this post will be updated).

Billiards and Saloons:

 Mel Adelman,
"Neglected Sports in American History: The Rise of Billiards in New York City, 1850-1871", Sport History Review, Volume 12, Issue 2, December 1981

R. A. Dyer, The Hustler & The Champ: Willie Mosconi, Minnesota Fats, and the Rivalry that Defined Pool (Guilford, CT, Lyons Press, 2008)

Michael Ian Shamos, The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Billiards (Lyons Press, 2002)

Madelon Powers, Faces along the Bar: Lore and Order in the Workingman's Saloon, 1870-1920  (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1998)

Ned Polsky, Hustlers, Beats, and Others (Chicago, Aldine Publishing Co., 1967)

Rick Kogan , Brunswick: The story of an American company, the first 150 years
(Lake Forest, IL, Brunswick Corporation, 1995)

Victor Stein and Paul Rubino, The Billiard Encyclopedia: An Illustrated History Of The Sport (Lunenburg, Vermont, Steinhour Press, 1994)

Raymond Calkins, Substitutes For The Saloon (New York, Houghton Mifflin, 1919)

The Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, Modern billiards: A complete text-book of the game, (New York, Trow, 1904)

Oliver L. Briggs, Rules for Billiards and Pool; and an Illustrated Catalogue of Briggs Billiard Tables and Billiard Furnishings (Boston, Oliver L. Briggs & Son, 1893)

W. H. Griffith & Co's Illustrated Price List of the American Standard Bevel Billiard Tables, (New York, A. J. Rowley, 1875)

Phelen and Collender, Standard American Billiard Tables and Combination Cushions (New York, 1866)

Michael Phelan, Billiards Without A Master (New York, D. D. Winant, 1850)

Business and General History:

Thomas J. Schlereth, Victorian America: Transformations in Everyday Life (New York, Harper Collins, 1991)

Carol Sheriff, The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862 (New York, Hill and Wang, 1996)

Alex Groner, The American Heritage History of American Business & Industry (New York, American Heritage Publishing Co., 1972)

Howard P. Chudacoff, The Age of the Bachelor: Creating an American Subculture (Princeton University Press, 1999)

Roy Rosenweig, Eight Hours For What We Will: Workers and Leisure in an Industrial City, 1870-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 1983)

Other recommendations welcome!

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