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Old Billiard Player [graphic arts] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Bellows, George 1882-1925  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1921
Topic:
Figure male  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Billiards  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0006847
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Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_6847

When Men Go Over the Top Many Must Be Carried Back $500,000 Ambulance Fund to Be Raised by the Billiard Players of America ... Billiard Players of America.

Creator:
Ambulance Fund  Search this
Billiard Players of America  Search this
Collection Creator:
Princeton University  Search this
Extent:
1 Poster (Full size; Multi-color, 102 x 70.5 cm)
Container:
Map-folder 354
Type:
Archival materials
Posters
Place:
United States
Image:
Main Image: American soldier coming out of a trench during a battle

Other Image(s): An Ambulance
Local numbers:
Princeton Poster# 2853
General:
Issued by: Billard Players of America

Issued for: Ambulance Fund

Artist(s): Anon
Printing Info:
Printer: Carey Print Litho., New York
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Copyright status of items varies. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Fund raising  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Genre/Form:
Posters
Collection Citation:
Princeton University Posters Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Princeton University Poster Collection
Princeton University Poster Collection / Series 2: World War One / United States
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0433-ref9255

Willie Mosconi Papers

Donor:
Mosconi, William  Search this
Mosconi, Gloria  Search this
Mosconi, Gloria  Search this
Mosconi, William  Search this
Creator:
Mosconi, Willie, 1913-1993  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet (3 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Affidavits
Videotapes
Date:
1924 - 2000
Summary:
Papers documenting the life and career of the 15-time world champion billiard player. Includes photographs, business papers, letters, videos of Mosconi in action, printed material, and signed affidavits attesting to his record-setting plays.
Scope and Contents:
This collection is divided into four series: Series I: Personal and Biographical Papers, including identification and business cards, notes, photographs, letters, and two scrapbooks.

Series 2: Papers Relating to Mosconi's Career, including business papers relating to his affiliation with Brunswick, legal records, papers relating to Mosconi's book, contracts and papers relating to television appearances, and affidavits attesting to records Mosconi set.

Series 3: Printed Materials, including magazines in which Mosconi contributed articles, posters advertising upcoming appearances, tournament programs, and miscellany.

Series 4: Videos, include testimonial dinners and appearances Mosconi made on the Ed Sullivan show.
Biographical / Historical:
Born in Philadelphia in 1913, Willie Mosconi learned his game at the pool hall owned by his father, Joseph Mosconi, a former prizefighter. Initially, Willie's father opposed his son's even coming into the pool hall above which the family lived. The father's preference was that Willie become a dancer and go into Vaudeville. However, after only a little practice accomplished behind his father's back, Willie was soon demonstrating amazing skill at the pool table. Joseph realized that the boy's talent could earn the growing family some money. Soon, Mosconi was considered a child prodigy, with advertisements posted challenging experienced players to try to beat him at billiards. Even as a child who had to stand on a box to reach the pool table, Mosconi beat experienced players. A match was arranged in 1919 between Willie and Ralph Greenleaf, then the World Champion. Though Greenleaf won the match, the hall was packed, and Willie played well enough to draw considerable attention, and launch his career in professional billiards.

After taking a few years hiatus from billiards in the 1930s, Mosconi returned to pool playing in an effort to earn some money. He entered one local tournament after another, and according to his autobiography, Willie's Game, "to be truthful, I don't remember losing any of them." He began making a living at billiards, and he claimed that he never hustled anyone: "I played everyone straight." In 1933, Mosconi participated in the world championship tournament of the Billiard Congress of America, having taken second place in the divisionals. He placed fifth in the world championship tournament, but his career and reputation were taking off. His performance in the tournament brought him to the attention of the president of Brunswick Corporation, and Mosconi joined the staff traveling around the country promoting Brunswick's products. He continued to compete in tournaments and after several near misses, in 1941 won the world championship, a feat that he would repeat fourteen more times. Shortly before that tournament, Mosconi had married his first wife, Ann Harrison, and shortly after it, the first of his three children was born, William Jr., followed soon after by a daughter, Candace. That marriage ended in divorce. After working in the defense industry for a few years, Willie enlisted in the Army in 1944, and after the end of World War II, resumed his affiliation with Brunswick and his successful tournament career. Mosconi remarried in 1953 to Flora Marchini. Their daughter Gloria was born in 1954. Mosconi continued his tournament work, and during the 1950s won several championships and set several records, including high run (most consecutive balls pocketed without a miss) of 526 in 1954. Mosconi slowed down his tournament appearances after recovering from a stroke in 1956. Additionally, he wrote a book on billiards in 1957, Willie Mosconi on Pocket Billiards. He was involved in the making of the 1961 movie The Hustler. It was he who suggested the casting of Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats, and he served as an instructor to Paul Newman, who had never played pool. The movie helped to resurrect the faded popularity of the game of billiards. He retired permanently from tournament play in 1966 and during his retirement, he consulted on and appeared in several movies dealing with billiards, made game show appearances, and wrote articles on billiards. Willie Mosconi died in 1993.
Separated Materials:
Related artifacts in the Division of Culture and the Arts, include cue stick, an ivory cue ball, and trophies.
Provenance:
The archival collection was donated to the Archives Center by Willie Mosconi's widow, Flora Mosconi, on August 23, 2000.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Billiards  Search this
Pool (Game)  Search this
Billiard players  Search this
Genre/Form:
Affidavits
Videotapes
Citation:
Willie Mosconi Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0744
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Willie Mosconi Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0744
Online Media:

Old Billiard Player (1921)

Collection Creator:
Fraad, Rita  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1971
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
The Rita and Daniel Fraad papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Rita and Daniel Fraad papers, 1926-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rita and Daniel Fraad papers
Rita and Daniel Fraad papers / Series 1: Artwork Documentation Files / Bellows, George
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-fraarita-ref43

Memoirs and Correspondence Sent to Family, numbered 1-31

Collection Author:
Boyd, Theodore E.  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 20
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1973-1974
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Theodore E. Boyd World War I Collection, Accession 2013-0016, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Theodore E. Boyd World War I Collection
Theodore E. Boyd World War I Collection / Series 2: Memoirs
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2013-0016-ref22
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Negative Log Book Number 16, (84-5412 to 85-7765)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services  Search this
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1984
1984-1985
Topic:
Photography--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB16]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367113
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Negative Log Book Number 19, (88-15271 to 89-23594)

Creator:
Smithsonian Institution Archives Smithsonian Photographic Services  Search this
Physical description:
Ink on paper
Type:
Logs (records)
Collection descriptions
Date:
1988
1988-1989
Topic:
Photography--History  Search this
Local number:
SIA Acc. 10-001 [SIA_10-001_NLB19]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_367116
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Billiard Cue used by Ruth McGinnis, Women's World Champion Pocket Billiard Champion

User:
McGinnus, Ruth  Search this
Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 57 in x 1 1/4 in; 144.78 cm x 3.175 cm
Object Name:
billiard cue
Date made:
1930 - 1940
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Billiards  Search this
Professional  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Marge Miller and Grace M. Van Deusen
ID Number:
1982.0267.01
Catalog number:
1982.0267.01
Accession number:
1982.0267
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-1752-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1065509

Billiard Cue Case used by Ruth McGinnis, Women's World Champion Pocket Billiard Champion

User:
McGinnus, Ruth  Search this
Physical Description:
leather (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
brown (overall color)
green (overall color)
Measurements:
overall: 5 in x 3 in x 31 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 78.74 cm
Object Name:
Case
billiard cue case
Subject:
Sports  Search this
Billiards  Search this
Professional  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Marge Miller and Grace M. Van Deusen
ID Number:
1982.0267.02
Catalog number:
1982.0267.02
Accession number:
1982.0267
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-6dfe-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1065510

Trophy awarded to Dorothy Wise as the U.S. Open Billiard Champion, 1969

Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 22 1/2 in x 12 in x 7 in; 57.15 cm x 30.48 cm x 17.78 cm
Object Name:
Trophy
trophy, billiards
Date made:
1969
Subject:
Billiards  Search this
Professional  Search this
Sports  Search this
Credit Line:
Dorothy Wise
ID Number:
1982.0266.01
Accession number:
1982.0266
Catalog number:
1982.0266.01
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Trophies
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-b3e6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_665840

Billiards Players

Medium:
Silver
Type:
containers
Decorative Arts
Matchsafe
Object Name:
Matchsafe
Manufactured in:
Birmingham, England
Date:
1907–08
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen W. Brener and Carol B. Brener
Accession Number:
1982-23-92
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq48a2e96e9-c242-4d18-a5cf-344944217ed4
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_1982-23-92

toy, mechanical

Object Name:
Toy, Figure, Billiard Player
toy, mechanical
Subject:
Toys  Search this
Billiards  Search this
Credit Line:
Sears, Roebuck and Co., Collection of American Toys
ID Number:
1971.295669.863
Accession number:
295669
Catalog number:
295669.863
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b4-7092-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_336287

Untitled (Billiard Players), (painting)

Painter:
Smith, David 1906-1965  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1936
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Recreation--Sport & Play--Billiards  Search this
Control number:
IAP 9F680021
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_472214

Willie's game : an autobiography / Willie Mosconi and Stanley Cohen

Author:
Mosconi, Willie  Search this
Cohen, Stanley 1934-  Search this
Subject:
Mosconi, Willie  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 256 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Billiard players--Biography  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_603621

Shooting pool / text by Mike Shamos ; photographs by George Bennett

Author:
Shamos, Michael Ian  Search this
Bennett, George 1945-  Search this
Physical description:
141 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1998
Topic:
Pool (Game)--Pictorial works  Search this
Billiard players--Pictorial works  Search this
Photography of sports  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_541144

Sporting reminiscences, by Lord Granville Gordon; edited by F. G. Aflalo, with twenty-three illustrations in half-tone, and four in photogravure from drawings by Harington Bird, J. G. Millais, and Archibald Thorburn

Author:
Gordon, Granville Lord 1856-1907  Search this
Alfalo, Frederick George 1870-1918  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 208, [1] p. incl. illus., pl., port. front. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1902
Call number:
GV191 .G66X
GV191.G66X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_120653

Jean Balukas's pocket billiards ; a young pool champion's story with instructions on how to play the game / Jean Balukas, with Joel Cohen

Author:
Balukas, Jean  Search this
Cohen, Joel H  Search this
Subject:
Balukas, Jean  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 197 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1980
Topic:
Billiard players--Biography  Search this
Pool (Game)  Search this
Call number:
GV891 .B27 1980X
GV891.B27 1980X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_125372

The Billiard Player, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Smith, David 1906-1965  Search this
Medium:
Steel
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
State University of New York at Purchase Neuberger Museum 735 Anderson Hill Road Purchase New York 10577
Date:
1945
Topic:
Figure  Search this
Occupation--Sport--Billiards  Search this
Control number:
IAS 76004240
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_8189

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