Barry Hayward's Table Tennis Library

An Illustrated Bibliography of Table Tennis Books in the English Language

Category: 1900-1939

Bib No. 10 – TABLE TENNIS

Bib No. 10 – TABLE TENNIS

Author : Spalding Athletic Series
Comments : 27 pages of instruction PLUS 36 pages of advertisements for Spalding equipment, line drawings, illustrations and simple text. The advertising material is probably of more interest than the instructional section.

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Bib No. 11 – PING PONG PEOPLE

Author : Arnold Golsworthy
Comments : Illustrated by Hilda Cowham. This book is along the lines as the Louis Wain book of the same year., but the storyline is in the form of a diary, in prose.

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Bib No. 12 – HOW TO PLAY PING PONG

Author : Walter H. Bronson
Comments : The text and diagrams for this booklet appear to be identical to the ones published with the same title, written by ‘the Hon Sec Ping Pong Association’.(As below). Which came first? Who copied who? – surely not the Hon Sec. There were no copyright laws in place at this time. It seems to have been a bit of a ‘free for all’.

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Bib No. 13 – HOW TO PLAY PING PONG

Bib No. 13 – HOW TO PLAY PING PONG

Author : Hon Sec Ping Pong Association
Comments : Originally published and sold at 4d. The author has now been identified as Mr Washington Grey. Diagrams, rules, and hints on how to conduct tournaments, clubs, etc. The book was intended for inclusion with boxed sets. Mr Bronson appears to have copied the text for the US version as above.

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Bib No. 14 – A LITTLE BOOK OF PING PONG VERSE

Author : Anon
Comments : 150 Pages of verse from various sources, mostly of a dubious quality, but quite amusing.

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Bib No. 15 – Table Tennis

Author : W Harrison
Comments : Described on the Cover as ‘the best handbook on the game’.

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Bib No. 16 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 16 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : This is thought to be the first issue of the various editions and revisions, for both sides of the Atlantic. In most cases the advertisements at front end and rear end, differ from one edition to the next. Parker was a 24 year old Bank Clerk who suddenly found himself World Ping Pong Champion. This book and the other Parker variants on it, were by far and away the best selling books of the early years. It is estimated that there are at least 19 different variants on this books, and all are slightly different. I have chosen to include books by the 6 different publishers. These are Unwin (London), Fenno (NY), Ogilvie(NY), Abraham & Strauss(NY), Putnams(NY) and Jordan Marsh (Boston USA).The differences occur between similar printings, differing advertisements, between hard and soft covers,between minor inclusions or exclusions for Doubles play, scoring methods or minor alterations for instruction. For a detailed description of these differences please read the excellent articles by Steve Grant and Jorge Arango in issue 71 of TT Collector Magazine.

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Bib No. 17 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : The red cover shows a picture of Parker demonstrating a backhand.

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Bib No. 18 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 18 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : Intriguing book on the game by ‘Ping Pong Parker’ himself. Illustrations of all the strokes, ball picker-ups, gas lighting etc. All players in full evening dress of course. Also published as paperback in New York as well as hard back in London. See notes below.

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Bib No. 19 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Bib No. 19 – PING PONG, THE GAME AND HOW TO PLAY IT

Author : Arnold Parker
Comments : Intriguing book on the game by ‘Ping Pong Parker’ himself. Illustrations of all the strokes, ball picker-ups, gas lighting etc. All players in full evening dress of course. Also published as paperback in New York as well as hard back in London. See notes below.

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