Comments on “Bridge Hints” . . .

I don’t know whether I actually consider Bridge Hints to be a “booklet.” Well, I guess I don’t.  It’s a cool item, though. It’s a strip of paper, folded into thirds, making a six-page leaflet, or . . . well, okay . . . booklet.

Mike Goodall shows one version in his Chas. Goodall & Son: The Family and the Firm 1820-1922, page 38, and the same item in his Goodall Card Game Booklets, page 19.

I was looking at my two copies tonight, and especially since they differ, one from the other, I thought it would be interesting to set forth some information about them here.

Shown below is one side of the sheet (for both copies). The other side has three pages of text.

As far as dating the items goes, we can say that the top item, showing London and Birmingham, was 1912 or before, since Mike Goodall points out (in his Chas. Goodall & Son: The Family and the Firm 1820-1922) that Goodall had a Birmingham operation during the period 1893-1912. It’s highly likely that it appeared in 1902 or later, since (to the best of my knowledge) Goodall basically stopped calling the game Bridge Whist in one of those years (to judge from the titles of Hoffmann booklets).

Since the bottom booklet drops the reference to Birmingham, it likely appeared in 1912 or later.

You can see that the two items are laid-out differently.  One uses a  long box divided by vertical lines. The other uses three separate boxes. The result is that the three-box version is printed on a longer strip of paper than is the top version.

The images below are both part of the same scan, so the relative sizes are shown accurately.

Bez sixth sixteenth 4 copy cropped bq.jpg

 

You can see from the following images that, when folded, the difference in width is not really significant.

Bez sixth sixteenth 3.jpeg

—Tom Sawyer

July 24, 2017

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