Cool Billiards Photos and Masako Katsura


There’s a cache of cool billiards photos available via google.  They were taken by Life photographer Carl Mydans at a billiards tournament in 1952, according to the info accompanying the images.  They’re very “atmospheric” to me, have a nice feel to them.  Unfortunately, quite a few are out of focus, but it’s still a cool collection.  Surprised to see women competing.  I would have thought that in 1952 it would be rare to see women involved in billiards.  After some googling, I have discovered that it was not so rare, and there was a quite famous woman involved in the game, Masako Katsura, “The First Lady of Billiards”.  Here’s a video of her showing her skills.  According to Wikipedia, she was the first woman to participate in a world billiards tournament.  She has an interesting story, someone should make a movie about her!

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