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!