The Table Tennis


The Table Tennis
The Table Tennis
Tennis de Salon, c. 1902
Spectacular boxed set, with 4 strung rackets, fine color lithograph,
very rare ball pick-up device, and unusual stripe balls.
Great find by one of our readers!
The Table Tennis
From the Editor
Dear Friends,
Welcome to issue 67 of the Table Tennis Collector, now 20 years
since first published in Feb. 1993. We’ve come a long way, from
16 B&W pages, to 50 pages in full color, free to all.
We begin with Great Shots of memorable stars, then Mystery
photos and some New Discoveries, Old Treasures to enjoy.
Steve Grant, Ping Pong Fever author, sends a story on the first
Table Tennis magazine, and Fabio Marcotulli (VEN) shares his
very early Barna racket, with cork tip on the end of the grip. Jorge
Arango (COL) sends a report about an early Ping Pong engraving.
Alan Duke (ENG) continues his series on early tournaments, this
time joined by John Ruderham (ENG), who contributes a
companion piece on the early English Championships. Alan also
sends an installment of his early pioneers series, on James Gibb.
Our Philatelic Update includes several surprises, red meters &
postmarks not previously published in TTC, dating back to 1960.
No. 67
Some good activity on eBay, with interesting rackets and
mementos that have survived over 110+ years. Quite a variety!
Also a page on missing World Championship scores - please help!
February 2013
Heavy Metal features two important medals from the 1933 and
1948 World Championships.
Hope you enjoy the new issue.
Editor and Publisher:
Chuck Hoey, Curator
ITTF Museum
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Isle of Man 2012 Olympics 1 Crown coin. Table Tennis
in foreground, Tennis in background.
In this issue …
Alan Duke:
James Gibb
18-23, 29
The First
TT journal
Barna Bat
Auction Action
Lucien Davis
Great Shots: Historic Photographs
Helen Elliot Hamilton (1927-2013) was the finest player Scottish player ever, winning many international Opens as well as 2 consecutive World Doubles titles, in 1949 with Gizi Farkas, & 1949 with
Dora Beregi (facing the formidable Farkas-Rozeanu pair in the final!) . She was inducted into the
Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
I had the pleasure to meet Helen at the World Championships in Zagreb in 2007. She kindly came in
to my museum exhibition, and posed for a photo, while pointing to her place in history at the
Illustrated Timeline exhibit.
For a video sample of her style, British Pathe offers this clip:
Dear Helen, your legend lives on …
The charismatic star from New York City, Marty Reisman, passed away in December 2012, 82
years young. Marty was the leading Ambassador for hardbat Table Tennis. He won 2 US
Championships, the 1949 English Open, reached the semifinals of the 1949 World Singles, &
was on the bronze medal Swaythling Cup team in 1948 & 1949. Marty authored The Money
Player, an autobiography of his controversial hustling days, in 1974. For a video clip of the 1949
English Open:
The ITTF Museum is fortunate to have a full length portrait in oils of Marty, by renowned
portrait artist David Beynon Pena (NYC), symbolically positioned en garde in the Classical Era
room. Dear Marty, your legend will live on …
Photo courtesy of Christian Heyerdahl (SWE)
More Great Shots:
Swedish World Champions
3 World Singles winners: Jan-Ove Waldner (1989, 1997), Stellan
Bengtssen (1972), Jörgen Persson (1991). Well-earned smiles, guys!
Peter Karlsson, 1991
World Doubles
Champion, with
Thomas von Scheele
Mikael Appelgren, looking like
a James Bond, 1985 World
Doubles Champion, with Ulf
Hans Alser & Kjell Johansson hoisting the Iran Cup.
They paired together to win consecutive World
Men’s Doubles titles in 1967 and 1969.
What an impressive portfolio of World Champions: 3 Singles titles,
5 Doubles titles, and 5 Men’s Team titles, 3 consecutive in 89. 91, 93.
In 1989 Sweden defeated China by a mind boggling score of 5-0 !
Here is a roster of Sweden’s Swaythling Cup World Team Champions:
1973 Men’s Team: Bengtsson, K.Johansson, B.Persson, I.Wikström
1989 Men’s Team: Waldner, J.Persson, Appelgren, Lindh, P.Karlsson
1991 Men’s Team: Waldner, J.Persson, Appelgren, Lindh, P.Karlsson
1993 Men’s Team: Waldner, J.Persson, Appelgren, Lindh, P.Karlsson
2000 Men’s Team: Waldner, J.Persson, Hakansson, P. Karlsson
Ulf ‘Tickan’ Carlsson, 1985 World
Doubles Champion.
Mystery Photos
The Mystery Photo in the previous issue was solved only by the
always astute Jorge Arango (COL). The photo is from the 1929
World Championship in Budapest, Fred Perry vs Adrian Haydon.
Jorge cites p.31 of Zdenko Uzorinac’s book, Od Londona 1926 do
Sarajeva 1973, showing a doubles match on the same table, from
the 1929 World Championships. Well done Jorge !
Two sports immortals grace our pages in this edition of Mystery Photos. Can you
identify them? Great to see them in a Table Tennis context.
New Discoveries
Old Treasures
Several fine early boxed
sets have surfaced in
recent months, including
our cover set, all truly old
Left: Rare Pim-Pam boxed
set, complete with ‘PimPam’ boxlid illustration, &
rules brochures in French
as well as English.
Right: Early boxed set
with a “superior” table!
Have not seen this before.
Below: Fine early Parlour
Tennis set, including rules.
This also was made in a
wood box, though with
less colorful boxlid
New Discoveries
Old Treasures
What a treasure this is, an original pen-and-ink drawing for Puck magazine,
by Louis M. Glackens (USA, 1866-1933). The comic scene is very well done,
showing a dapper portrayal of the game of Diabolo strutting by the “Old
Games Home”. This was published in Puck in 1907, by which time the
game of Ping Pong had faded from its widespread popularity. Diabolo, a
game played with two sticks with string attached to turn and toss a spool,
became all the rage, unseating King Ping Pong, who now sits in the Old
Games Home, along with other old games: Halma, Pit, Authors, Tiddledy
Winks, Donkey Game …
This is vivid evidence of the decline of Ping Pong/Table Tennis or whatever
the name. The facial expressions on the Diabolo figure and the Ping Pong
racket are precious. Glackens was a prolific illustrator for newspapers,
magazines and catalogs.
It is interesting to note that Diabolo was actually invented long before it
became a fad - the illustration (left) shows the game played in 1812.
According to Wikipedia the game evolved from 12�� century Chinese yo-yo.
The Early Table Tennis Inventors: No. 2
James Gibb
by Alan Duke
The Times (15 April 1930); Isle of Wight Mercury (18 and 25 April 1930)
So did James Gibb really invent ping-pong, as claimed
above in his obituary? This and other aspects of his life
will be explored in this article. But first, a few more
quotes to illustrate that this was by no means an
isolated example.
No less an authority than the founding President of the
ITTF, Ivor Montagu, writing about the ball in his book,
Table Tennis (1936), states:
memories can fade, and ‘facts’ can become distorted
over the years. So although there are many more
references to James Gibb in table tennis literature, the
remaining examples given below are all from the very
early days of the sport, and thus warrant serious
“The inventor of Ping-Pong has been discovered, it
was Mr. James Gibb, an old Cambridge athlete, now
living in Croydon. Mr. Gibb … is an engineer, and
started the game to amuse his leisure one evening
with champagne corks and the lids of cigar-boxes.
Thence he advanced to india-rubber balls, and finally
sent to America for the well-known celluloids. But is
Mr. Gibb responsible for the name? Since “Diddledaddle-jim-jams” there has been no such triumph of
linguistic lunacy. It beats Tiddlywink out of sight.”
Daily Chronicle, 2 May 1901.
From The Echo of 9 May 1901:
“Ping Pong is the invention of Mr. James Gibb, an
engineer who lives at Croydon. He started playing it
with champagne corks cut as nearly circular as
possible, using the lids of cigar boxes as battledores.
The name ‘Ping Pong’ is not new.”
The Sphere, 18 May 1901.
“The date at which [Gibb] originally devised Gossima is
uncertain, though 1899 is sometimes quoted. It began
as an impromptu wet-weather pastime played on the
Gibb family’s dining-room table with cigar-box lids for
bats and balls fashioned from champagne corks. The
latter were too irregular and Mr Gibb next tried using
small indiarubber balls covered with cigarette-paper to
make them white. These proved too heavy for fast play
and he decided to try hollow celluloid balls, sending to
America to have them specially made. Celluloid
answered admirably and Gibb felt ready to launch the
game commercially. The manufacturer he approached
first, Messrs Jeffries, turned it down, but Jaques were
enthusiastic.” The Shell Book of Firsts, Patrick
Robertson, 1983. I have included this extract because
of the intriguing claim (the only reference that I have
seen) to any games manufacturer other than Jaques!
Admittedly, these quotes are from at least thirty to forty
years after the event, and it is a fact of life that
“Most players … seem to agree that the game was first
started by Mr. James Gibb about eleven years ago,
and was published at his suggestion by Messrs. J.
Jaques and Son under the title ‘Gossima,’ and since
1900 called by the popular trade-mark name PingPong which has met with universal approval.”
Ping-Pong, Arnold Parker, 1902.
So perhaps now we should try to answer a few of the
questions that are prompted by these various extracts:
ΠGerald Gurney introduced the topic of James Gibb
(TTC 55, page 5), and went some way to answering
his own question of whether there was evidence that
James Gibb was not simply the figment of someone’s
The Early Table Tennis Inventors: No. 2
• Did he ‘invent’ the game? Did he first introduce the
celluloid ball?
Ž Did he make up the name ‘Ping Pong’?
• Was he really a neighbour of John Jaques?
ΠThis is an easy one to answer, and I have merely
taken Gerald’s starting point and added further details
of James Gibb’s life.
James Gibb was born in
1853 in Marholm, near
Scottish father, John, and
an English mother, Mary
(née Jackson). His father
was described variously as
James was living in
Kettering with his mother
(listed as a butler’s wife,
itself rather unusual), and
two elder brothers and two
elder sisters. Both his parents
may have died during the
mid-1860s, and by 1871 he
was lodging in Lambeth, working as an Office Boy.
In 1874, he began his short, but remarkable, athletics
career. He was a natural runner, and
never trained seriously, merely
indulging occasionally in a little
practice. At 5’6” [168 cms] and 8st.
10lbs [55 kg], called the “little ‘un” by
his friends, he could run any distance
from 880 yards to ten miles, but was most at home in
cross-country events, with the steeplechase his
favourite. During the next few years, he entered events
all over England, Scotland
and Ireland, always running
against the best men he
could find (often being the
scratch man in handicap
events). He was one of the
very best distance runners in
retirement in 1878. He joined
the South London Harriers in
1874, served as Secretary
from 1875-76, and through
his enthusiasm, popularity,
and athletic abilities was
responsible for attracting
many new members. In 1878 he donated the trophy
which carries his name,
Challenge Cup for the 5
Mile Race. He went on
VicePresident of the Club,
and was a founder
member of the Amateur
Athletic Association on
its formation in 1880.
Also in 1880, James (listed as an Engineer’s
Merchant) joined the firm of Baines & Tait (brass
founders, engineers and merchants), the firm
becoming initially Baines, Tait & Gibb, and by 1881
James Gibb & Co. In that year James was boarding in
Camberwell, and described as a Manufacturer’s Agent.
His company was listed in Kelly’s Directory in 1885 as:
He married Kate Lucia Clarke in Croydon in 1886, and
they set up home there for a number of years. In 1891,
James’ occupation was given as a Merchant and
Employer. The couple had moved to Reigate by 1911,
he retired from his company in 1912, and by 1915, he
and Kate had moved to the Isle of Wight.
James was actively interested in the Reedham
Orphanage, the Hospital for Consumption at Ventnor,
and was Vice Chairman of his local St Lawrence
Parish Council. He died at home in April 1930 after a
long illness, and is buried in the churchyard near his
home, “among the flowers he loved so well”.
At his memorial service, Gibb was described as “a
practical Christian”. “In everything he did…he gave his
very best… [He] was ever seeking useful constructive
work. He never shirked any duty. …[He] was an
outstanding personality, brave, loyal, strong and true.
He said what he meant; he meant what he said. His
honour was to be trusted.”
• This question is not quite so easy to answer, but it is
probably quite true to say that he did invent the game
- at the same time as many others independently
came up with similar ideas! This was an era renowned
for great inventions in all areas, and in the field of sport
followed closely on the development of lawn tennis
from the ancient game of real tennis. Those such as
Harry Gem and friends in Leamington in the early
1870s, and Walter Clopton Wingfield with his patent
(No. 685) in 1874 for a ‘Portable Court’ (marketed as
Sphairistikè), had both popularised and standardised
the new game of lawn tennis. Thus it was quite natural
that the many new devotees should want to look
elsewhere for their enjoyment when deprived of their
sport on wet days or dark evenings.
The Early Table Tennis Inventors: No. 2
Solving the problem by taking the game indoors at
such times, one approach was to utilise the dining
table, using makeshift nets, bats and balls. Many years
later, the Evening News reported that James Gibb had
played on his mahogany dining table using cigar-box
tops and champagne corks. As a successful engineer,
with a sporting background, he was obviously ideally
placed to develop these improvised implements.
As far as improving the ball, it is quite feasible that his
trade as a merchant could have taken him to America,
possibly on more than one occasion, where he is
reputed to have discovered the celluloid ball.
Passenger records list a 33year-old
Merchant, leaving Liverpool
on 5 November on the
Cunard Line RMS Aurania,
and arriving in New York on
13 or 14 November 1887. But another that could fit is a
James Gibb listed to sail on the White Star liner SS
Teutonic from Liverpool
to New York on 29
October 1890, arriving 5
November. So that part
of the story could also
be plausible.
Ž Did he make up the name Ping Pong? Who knows!
As The Sphere stated in 1901, “The name ‘Ping Pong’
is not new”, and Steve Grant in his book devotes a
chapter to its varied uses at that time. But even if he
did suggest it for the game, and passed it on to John
Jaques, how did Hamley Brothers come to register it
as a Trade Mark? This and other anomolies
surrounding the earliest written evidence for the game
(Devonshire’s patent, Gossima, Ping Pong, etc) are
the subject of a separate research topic.
11.12.1853 Born in Marholm(e), Northamptonshire
Living at Castle Hill, Kettering (Stanford Road)
Lodging at 9 Lambeth Square, Lambeth
Ran his first race, Olney; 1 mile - finished 1st
22.3.1875 Won 4 mile championship at Lillie Bridge
26.5.1877 Ireland v England match; won the mile and 4 mile races
3.11.1877 LAC meeting; ran record time for 5 mile challenge cup
17.11.1877 LAC meeting; ran record time for 10 mile challenge cup
SLH meeting; beat course records in 5 mile steeplechase
30.3.1878 LAC Challenge Cup; won the 10 mile event
10.8.1878 Ilkley Sports; finished 2nd in 6 mile event, his final race
Boarding at 10 Park Villas, Bromer Road, Camberwell
2nd Qtr.1886 Married Kate Lucia Clarke (Croydon)
1887-1895 Living at 18 Outram Road, Croydon (Colwood Lodge)
A founder member of the Amateur Athletic Association
Joined Baines & Tait, 86 Cannon Street, London, EC
Company now James Gibb & Co, 23 St Mary Axe, EC
Company now at 99 Fenchurch Street, London, EC
Living at The Quarries,59 Coombe Road, Croydon
James Gibb & Co Ltd (Brass Founders), Fenchurch St.
Living at Westfield, Raglan Road, Reigate
Retired from his company
Living at South View House, Blackgang, Chale, IoW
Living at Southwold, St Lawrence, Ventnor, IoW
Died at Southwold, aged 76
Buried at St Lawrence Church (Plot 199)
Kate died at The Copse, Burgh Heath, Banstead, Surrey
• Although James Gibb was not exactly a next-door
neighbour of John Jaques, they lived not too far from
each other in Croydon, and thus could well have been
James Gibb lived in
Croydon from 1887 to
1904, firstly at Outram
Road (until 1895), and then
at The Quarries. The
Jaques’ family home in
Croydon from 1874 to
1924 was at Hillside, 12
Duppas Hill. This was
home for John Jaques III
until 1897, when he moved
to Altyre Road, where he
remained until 1903. None
of these addresses are very far from each other. For
example, The Quarries is about a mile from Hillside,
along a more or less straight road, and is even closer
to Altyre Road, just across Watertower Hill.
And finally, to return to that one reference to James
Gibb first contacting ‘Messrs Jeffries’, this is also
possible, as there was a Jefferies & Company, wellknown ‘Racket, Lawn Tennis & Cricket Bat Makers’,
based in Woolwich!
With grateful thanks for all their help to Peter Lovesey,
Michael Thomson, and Richard Carter (SLH).
The First Table Tennis Magazine
[The entire known two months of The Table Tennis and Pastimes Pioneer (1902) may be read on the ITTF
Museum website, in Cultural Exhibits. The mystery has been, Who published it and Why did it end so
abruptly? Here are the answers, in the form of a memoir.---Steve Grant]
My name is Charles Schaefer Rutlidge and I was recently editor/publisher of The Table Tennis
and Pastimes Pioneer. It occurs to me that historians of the next century will want the story of this firstever table tennis journal, short-lived though it was. So I’m taking pen in hand.
Allow me to provide a bit of personal background. Born in 1867 London, I attended North
London College and, in Nice, Anglo-American College. Life then took me to Australia, where I became
expert in that great continent’s natural resources, while being active in organizations such as the
Y.M.C.A. and the Queensland Sunday School Union. In 1898 I undertook a lecture tour in Great Britain
for the Queensland government and in the following two years headed the Information Bureau, Mining
and Ores Division, Queensland. I am a member of the London Council of the Australasian Chamber of
Commerce, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a
Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute.
That is me on the left in an 1899 photograph, seated next
to famed Queensland geologist Robert Logan Jack. [You can see
and read about the full photo in Putting Queensland on the Map
(2008) by Felicity Jack.---S.G.]
Dawning of the new year 1902 found me under some
financial stress. My London-based Commonwealth Publishing and
Advertising Co., Ltd., had just published the 12th and last issue of
Commonwealth Pictorial, a monthly social and commercial review
of Australasian matters, which had met with less success than
hoped. What next? Ping Pong was the big new thing and a friend
suggested that the sport was much in need of its own publication.
Immediately I knew my course.
Within a fortnight Commonwealth had issued the first
Table Tennis and Pastimes Pioneer, four pages on 18th January.
Demand was strong and another four-pager followed on the 25th. I worked at expanding distribution
through newsagents and bookstalls throughout the United Kingdom. On the cover of the 1st February
issue (and every issue thereafter), we proclaimed “20,000 Readers!” [This probably assumed each copy
was shared among several readers. Surviving copies are today extremely rare.] With that issue, we
expanded to eight pages and included advertisements. The ninth issue, 15th March [the final one
known], found us still soliciting one-year subscriptions, still with hopes of long life. Certainly we were
fulfilling a real need by keeping readers informed of developments in the sport, providing
a platform for discussion, listing all clubs and playing venues, and reporting results of matches and
Unfortunately, financial difficulties finally caught up with us. In truth, when I formed
Commonwealth in September 1900, it had little capital or assets, and I have been the sole director. (At
right, you can see our advertisement in a souvenir
program we published in late 1900.) On 22nd April,
1902, a creditor petitioned for a winding up of the
company, and this was completed in due course.
I do believe that my journal had a significant
positive influence on the great young sport of table
tennis. We were recognized in newspapers as far
away as Queensland. And I was pleased to see the
following mention in A Londoner’s Log-Book by
George William Erskine Russell, published in The
Cornhill Magazine, April 1902:
“…In the small ‘third room’ on the drawing-room
floor…I occasionally cast my eye on the current
literature which my womankind affect. There I
find…The Table-Tennis and Pastimes Pioneer…This
journal announces as its aim ‘to advance the best
interests of a popular game, and to secure for it its
rightful place among those international sports
which have so great a bearing upon the building up
of Great Empires.’” [That is an accurate quotation
from my journal. But the next quotation was Mr.
Russell’s authorial imagination at work, though it
used names of real competitors.] “There I learn that
at the Second Ping-Pong Tournament at Queen’s
Hall ‘long rallies in a spirited encounter between Miss Florence Lacy and Mrs. Alfred drew loud applause
yesterday afternoon, while much enthusiasm was also evoked by Miss Violet Farr’s cruel smashes, Miss
Lily Weisberg’s demon deliveries and Miss Helena Maude Smith’s back-hand returns.’ Such is the
literature, ‘lambent yet innocuous,’ which delights my wife and her sister…”
Eight years ago in Brisbane, my Pine River Dairy Factory partnership built the first Australian
electric butter-making plant. [A sliding butter market forced early liquidation of the firm.] The press said
“great credit is due to Mr. Rutlidge for the energy he has displayed in this enterprise.” I daresay,
shedding modesty, that the same may be said of all my endeavours.---C.S.R., 1902
[Mr. Rutlidge later returned to natural resources analysis in such places as Poland, Cuba and Brazil.]
The Oldest
When I first knew about the existence of this
racket I immediately thought: it has to be in my
collection before superpowerful Chuck can get
it!!! I was very lucky and thanks to my good friend
and collector Mike Babuin, who without his help
I would never write this article, today I am the
owner of this amazing piece.
1933 Barna bat that she won the 1933 US National
Championship with. Naturally, after Briggs and
Barna got to an arrangement, Briggs fabricated a
bat which was almost a copy to the one he was
using, that is why her bat is very identical to this
old bat, except for the cork end and signatures at
the handle.
This bat appears to pre-date early Barna bats
produced by Briggs.
It seems very likely
that it would have
been either made
himself or someone
else made it for
him, around 1929.
Then he covered with the most suitable pimpled
rubbers available to him at that time. The bat has
a cork end piece on the handle and has Barna
name inscribed (by hand) on both sides. By that
time players had one racket and used to play with
it for years.
This Barna bat belonged to a collector in Europe
who got it from
a man that died
in September
2 0 1 1 ,
“Generarul de
R e s e r v a ,
Nicolae Dimitrescu.” He was 107 years old and at
that time he was the oldest living person in his
country (Romania). The story goes that the man
got the bat (or was given the bat) from Barna
himself in the 1950’s.
Something curious about this man is that in an
interview he made a year before his death, he said
the secret of his longevity was that he didn’t take
any medicine, he used to eat just a little, stopped
drinking at 40, left cigarettes at 28 and kept in
good shape practicing his favorite sport, table
This bat, compared to another early bat, property tennis, which he did until the age of 101 years old.
of Mike Babuin, such as Sally Green (Prouty’s) Also beside all this, he never got married.
Walter Briggs fabricated Barna rackets from 1932
but he probably was trying to come to terms with
Victor Barna from 1931, and before that time
Barna was already playing with the racket found.
The Barna name is inscribed by hand on both sides
I think this racket in question is one of those
early developments from Victor Barna, and
probably he used this bat in World
Championships from 1929. In an old picture
where he is shown with M. Szabados, when they
won a World Championship in doubles, it
appears like the cork end of this bat in his hand.
After all these considerations, wouldn’t you dare
to say that this is certainly a treasure that came
to light now for all table tennis lovers to enjoy
Master collector Fabio Marcotulli, who
recently placed second in the South
American Veterans Men’s Doubles event.
By Jorge Arango
Lucien Davis (1860 – 1851) was a British artist, known for detailed and evocative work; he exhibited at
the RA & the RI [Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour] to which he was elected in 1893.
He was principal social artist for the Illustrated London News for 20 years, and his work covered many
sport activities as archery, badminton, golf, and rowing. His table tennis drawing appeared as a double
page in the ILN on June 15, 1901, and reminiscent of a photograph, this work is sophisticated with
enormous detail having been paid to both the party goers and their clothes.
The illustration was first reproduced in the Walter Harrison article, October 1901, page 537, of the
Windsor Magazine (Ping-Pong in the Drawing Room).
Less known, the illustration was also presented, in The Woman Beautiful, page 39, first published
1901 (An Evening Amusement with the Game of Ping Pong), and in a German magazine, a copy of
which was hand colored.
Windsor Magazine Illustration
German magazine Illustration (colored)
The illustration was used for the lids of two boxed sets. In the French box, the handles of the
rackets were shortened, the dress of the woman player was modified, and there are many
changes in the spectators. There are two version of this image, the other showing more details
at both ends.
French boxed set, shorter
French boxed set, larger
The other boxed set was that of McLoughlin Bros. Three versions are presented in the ITTF
museum (Earlier sets 26, 27 and 29).
Detail of a McLoughlin boxed set, with changes in the
And now, in a telecard!:
Early Tournament Reports: No. 3
The Early Championships
by Alan Duke and John Ruderham
Parts 1 and 2 of this series presented reports from the biggest of the early tournaments, the first of the
many played at the Royal Aquarium and Queen’s Hall, London. We now move on to the second of the
Royal Aquarium events, which was billed variously as The All England Table Tennis Tournament or
the Table Tennis Championships of England. We then continue with this theme and present reports
which form what we believe to be the first four National Championships. We have also tried to present
a few details about those early finalists, not helped by the reporting tendency of the time to ignore first
names (and further complicated for married ladies by often referring to them by their husband’s
name!). Note that in settling on these competitions, we have ignored the claim made in the Daily Mail
of 3 January 1902, referring to Arnold Parker (the author of the article ‘How I Play Ping-Pong’, featured
in that edition) as The Champion of All England. This was presumably a reference to his win in the
recently-ended Queen’s Hall tournament, which was never advertised as such an event.
1) 8th to 14th January 1902 (Royal Aquarium)
Notice of this event first appeared in the Entertainments
section of The Times on 31st December 1901:
The next day, Lawn Tennis provided more information
about the tournament:
the boy whose play was so much admired at the
Queen’s Hall. Miss Bantock, the Lady Ping
Pong Champion, is also playing, and several
other well-known names are in the list of
entries. The management of the Royal
Aquarium have profited by their previous
experience and have greatly improved the
lighting arrangements over the tables. Also,
both galleries are given up to the tournament,
so that the spectators may not be crowded
together. The prizes, consisting of silver cups
and bowls, are of the value of upwards of £100.
The Finals were reported in detail in the 13th January
edition of the same paper:
A first report from the event was published in the Daily
Graphic of 9th January:
The innovation suggested by the DAILY GRAPHIC when the last
Table Tennis Tournament was in progress at the Royal
Aquarium has been provided at the second tournament, which
opened yesterday. One section of the tournament is reserved for
“Mixed” players – which is the technical way of saying players of
both sexes. Some good games will doubtless be seen, but this event
does not come off until next Monday and Tuesday. Yesterday the
ladies and the men played separately, and play will be resumed
every afternoon at three and evening at seven. The tournament is
being decided, as usual, on the American system: the players are
divided into sections, and each competitor plays all the others.
One hundred and ninety-two entries in the Men’s Section, fiftysix in the Ladies’ Section, and fifty-six in the Mixed Event make a
total of 304 – an advance on the previous entry.
Most of the players yesterday were using wooden racquets with
short handles, and the balls were slightly heavier than the
ordinary table tennis balls. It is said that the increased weight was
desired by most of the best players.
Two or three dozen clubs – from various parts of the country –
are represented at the tournament, the winners of which will be
entitled to the proud title of champions of England. Mr. Parker,
who won the Ping-Pong Championship at the Queen’s Hall, is
down to play, and he will meet once more Master Muir Stephens,
Attracted by the prospect of interesting play in the closing
games of the All England Table Tennis Championship
Tournament, a large crowd assembled in the galleries of the
Aquarium on Saturday afternoon and evening. Spectators were
certainly not disappointed, for in several cases the “tipsters” –
every self-constituted critic of the game is a “tipster” now – were
wrong in their forecasts, and surprises were numerous.
In the Ladies’ Section four games were left to be played. Mrs.
Garner beat her daughter in the first; Miss [Constance Sybil]
Bantock – the winner of the Ping Pong Tournament at the
Queen’s Hall – won the second; in the third Miss K. Good beat
Mrs. Marvin; and in the fourth game Miss [Maggie A] Theed
beat Mrs. Mansell. This left four players in the semi-finals, when,
much to everyone’s surprise, Mrs. Garner beat Miss Bantock.
Miss Theed was defeated by Miss [Kate] Good. It was generally
expected that there would be a close finish in the final between
Mrs. Garner and Miss Good. The match consisted of a best of
three games of 20 points up. The first game was won by Miss
Good by one point; in the second game Mrs. Garner was the
winner, also by one point. The deciding game, which everyone
expected would be well fought out, proved rather tame, Mrs.
Garner winning by nine points. Mrs. Garner thus won the
tournament. The champion belongs to the Crescent Club,
Brentford, and this was her first tournament. It cannot be said
that Mrs. Garner’s play was brilliant, but it had the
compensating advantage of “paying”. Her service was quite
simple, and for her returns she relied on the “stonewall” game.
One can only infer that fast play and judicious placing of the ball
are not so important as one had thought them to be, and that the
player who simply strives to get the ball over the net somehow is
likely to be the most successful.
Miss Bantock took the third prize, and Miss Theed the fourth.
Early Tournament Reports: No. 3
Four sections with six players in each had to be decided in the
Gentlemen’s Tournament, and the four winners were Mr. G.
Greville, Mr. B. Hillyard, Mr. A. Parker – the winner of the Ping
Pong Tournament at Queen’s Hall – and Mr. S. Fuller. Master M.
Stephens, who played so well at the the Queen’s Hall Ping Pong
Tournament, was in Mr. Fuller’s section, but although he played
brilliantly he was no match for Mr. Fuller, who, however, was
beaten in the semi-finals by Mr. G. Greville. Mr. Parker beat Mr.
Hillyard, and then met Mr. Greville in the final – the best of three
games of twenty points up. It was generally anticipated that there
would be a close finish between these two. The match was also
interesting for other reasons. Mr. Greville’s reputation as a lawntennis player has been well earned, while Mr. Parker’s fame as a
“ping-pongist” led one to expect that he would give a brilliant
display. Also, it was a match between racquets – wood v. vellum.
Mr. Parker used a vellum racquet, apparently somewhat smaller
than the regulation size. Mr. Greville’s racquet was wooden; as
far as one could see, it was made from a piece of plain deal. The
handle was stout and short. The first game provided a surprise
for everybody, Mr. Greville winning easily by eleven points. Mr.
Parker was evidently determined not to lose the next game so
easily, and some excellent play followed. The scores showed what
a near thing it was between the two, for from five all the scores
mounted up to 6 all, 7 all, 9 all, 10 all, 11 all, 13 all, and 17 all,
when Mr. Greville scored the next three points, and thus won the
game and the tournament. The result was received with much
cheering. During these two games one noticed that once more
“stone-wall” play pays the best. It is perhaps hardly fair to call
Mr. Greville’s play “stone-wall”, but he certainly played a more
patient game than his opponent, and contented himself with only
a few brilliant strokes. The most noticeable feature of Mr.
Greville’s play was the wonderful way in which he took every ball
that came to him. Some of Mr. Parker’s serves and returns were
given with lightning rapidity; indeed the ball went over the net so
fast that it was hardly visible; but Mr. Greville was always ready
for everything. As far as one could see, Mr. Parker would have
stood a better chance of winning if he had attempted fewer
brilliant strokes. He seemed to realise this himself in the second
game, when it was too late. It may interest less expert players to
know that Mr. Greville’s position was usually at the left-hand
corner of the table, and that he occasionally stood quite to the left
of the table. He therefore seldom had to reach far for a backhanded stroke.
Mr. [Brame] Hillyard did not wish to play for the third and
fourth prizes, and therefore Mr. [Edward Shepherd] Fuller took
the third and Mr. Hillyard the fourth.
The tournament in which ladies and gentlemen compete with
each other begins at the Aquarium at seven o’clock to-night.
Early Tournament Reports: No. 3
And finally from this first Championship, a report of the
keenly-awaited “Mixed” event (Daily Graphic, 14 Jan.):
2) 3rd to 6th December 1902 (Royal Aquarium)
An announcement of this event appeared on November
30th in The Observer, confirming its status as the Second
in this series of Championships:
Contrary to general expectation, the Ping Pong Tournament, in
which ladies and gentlemen were to compete together, was most
disappointing. At seven o’clock last night the galleries of the
Aquarium ought to have been crowded with Ping Pong experts,
but, for some reason or
other, the crowds were
absent. Perhaps the news
had leaked out that only
four ladies had dared to
come forward to battle with
the men, and when the time
came to play three of these
declined the contest. Miss
Bantock alone remained to
represent her sex, and she
was unfortunately beaten in
her section by two points by
Mr. E. W. Evans. Thus the
“Mixed” Tournament has
ceased to be mixed. Many of
the men who had entered
did not come to play; possibly they fought shy of being beaten by
the ladies. The winners of sections were Mr. E. Silward, Mr. H. G.
Bott, Mr. G. Smith, Mr. E. W. Evans, Mr. C. W. Vining, Mr. C.
E. Mortlock, Mr. M. Said and Master Muir Stephens, who played
brilliantly and scored maximum numbers of points. He
afterwards played several exhibition games. The finals of the
tournaments will be decided to-night at seven o’clock.
The Second Table Tennis Tournament for the All England
Championships, as well as handicaps for ladies and gentlemen
respectively, will take place from Wednesday to Saturday next
inclusive, play taking place daily for ladies from 3 to 5 p.m. and
for gentlemen from 7 to 10 p.m.
A report in Lawn Tennis and Croquet on February 3rd
1903 provided a summary of the event, together with a
link between the two (unofficial) Championships at the
Aquarium, and those that were to follow:
In the semi-finals, Charles Wilfred Vining beat Mr Silward
2-1, and Mr Said beat George Smith 2-0. Mr Vining then
went on to win 20-13, 20-12 in the Final.
As Mr G Greville was known to be an
accomplished lawn tennis player,
this is almost certainly George
Greville, winner of the Queen’s Club
tennis tournament in July 1903 (and
runner-up in 1901). His full name
was Turketil George Pearson
Greville (13.3.1868-9.3.1958), born
in Chingford, Essex, to parents Stapleton (b. India) and
Enrichetta (b. Zante). On 18 September, he married
Edith Lucy Austin, also a highly ranked lawn tennis
player, and in 1901, they were living in Chiswick, he
earning his living as a Banker’s Clerk.
Mrs Garner was probably Annie Elizabeth (née Stanley),
born around 1843 in Banbury, Oxfordshire. In late 1869,
she married solicitor William Garner
in King’s Norton, Birmingham. By
1881 the family had moved south to
Hillingdon, and by 1891 were living
in Uxbridge, Middlesex. They were
still at the same address in the High
Street at the time of the
tournament, later moving on to
Stanwell. Between 1871 and 1886
they had nine children, including
twins Alice May and Minnie Hilda in 1884. These two
daughters also participated in the early tournaments.
Reports in the Daily Mail of December 4th, 5th and 6th
kept readers updated with the previous day’s play, listing
the winners of the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Sections.
Early Tournament Reports: No. 3
The tournament winners were reported in the Daily Mail
of 8th December:
3) 25th to 28th February 1903 (Crystal Palace)
Regulations were published in December 1902:
Saturday was the concluding day of the Table Tennis
Tournament at the Royal Aquarium.
In the Ladies’ All-England Championship, Miss Wilson was
first and Mrs. Gore Reynolds second, the latter, with an
allowance of six strokes, also beat Mrs. Marvin (scratch) in the
final of the handicap.
The Gentlemen’s All-England Championship was won by Mr.
R. D. Ayling. Mr. R. Tarry was second.
Mr. H. Willford (receives 10) beat Mr. J. H. Jones (scratch) in
the gentlemen’s handicap final.
This was not only the last of the Royal Aquarium
tournaments, but also almost the end of the short and
varied life of the building itself, as it closed on January
10th to become the headquarters of Wesleyanism.
Although, as usual, there is never a hint of a first name in
any of these reports, it
seems very likely that R D
Ayling was Ralph Douglas
Ayling (1st Quarter 188116.1.1945), an Insurance
Clerk, born in Islington, and
in 1901 living with his
Charlotte in Hornsey. This
places him geographically in
the right area for the London
tournaments, and for his
membership of the North
London Ping Pong Club and
the Upper Clapton Table Tennis Club. It was reported
that he had attained his proficiency at the game in a
short space of time, being a “pretty constant player at the
various London and Suburban tournaments”; he was
described as a careful player, possessing a fast serve.
He married Hilda Maude Smith in Hackney in 1912.
We believe Miss Wilson to be
Constance Mary Wilson, county
hockey player in Blackheath, and
soon to become a highly-ranked
lawn tennis player. She was born on
2 September 1881 in Walton-onThames, Surrey, to parents John (a
wine merchant and magistrate) and
Ellen, and they were living in
Greenwich in 1891 and 1901. She
married fellow lawn tennis player
John Frank Luard in Steyning,
Sussex, on 21 September 1907, and
died at the age of 74 in Eastbourne
(17 December 1955).
It was announced on 4 February 1903 that the Table
Tennis Association and the Ping Pong Association had
agreed their amalgamation, with completion to take place
on 1 May, subject to this being accomplished to leave
the United Association (its title to include Table Tennis
and Ping Pong) free from trade influence. Perhaps this
stipulation proved a stumbling block, as we have found
no confirmation that the amalgamation was finalised.
From The Times of 24th February 1903:
Mrs Gore Reynolds was actually Ethel Alexandrine (née
Collins), born in Hammersmith (4th Qtr. 1876), to parents
Edward and Alexandrine. She married Dr Bernard Gore
Reynolds in Brentford in 1899, and in 1901 they were
living at Willesden with their daughter Violet Christine,
born that year. We believe Ethel died in Solihull in 1943.
Early Tournament Reports: No. 3
The next day, the Daily Chronicle previewed the event:
Judging by the fact that 150 entries have been received for the
open tournament, which the Table Tennis Association is holding
this week at the Crystal Palace, the popularity of the game is still
considerable. The competition for the championships of the
United Kingdom does not begin till this evening, but yesterday, by
way of introduction to this more serious business, an interesting
match was arranged between a North London team (Alexandra
Palace and North London Club) against the whole of the Rest of
London. The teams numbered ten a-side, each member playing
all the members of the opposing team, the team winning most
events to be counted victor. Many of the matches were of a most
animated description, but the most talented players appeared to
be numbered in the North London team. Among these were
Messrs. D. and P. Bromfield, Mr. M. Stephens, and Mr. R. D.
Ayling, while the opposing team counted among its players
Messrs. M. and L. Hamer, and Mr. Hawkey. There was a
considerable audience, which watched the game with great
The results of the finals, together with a sketch, were
published in the Daily Graphic on 2nd March:
A small but very interested crowd of ping-pong devotees
occupied the centre transept of the Crystal Palace on
Saturday to witness the last stage of the Table Tennis
Association’s open tournament, the preliminary matches of which
were played on the four previous days. Saturday was devoted to
the contest for ladies’ and gentlemen’s single championships of
the United Kingdom, handicaps and inter-club championships.
The ladies’ handicap was won by Miss Dora Boothby, of the
Crystal Palace Club, by forty points to thirty-five by her
opponent, Mrs. Woodhouse (Queen’s Gate Club). The
gentlemen’s handicap for the best of three games of forty points
each was won by Mr. E. Taylor, who easily defeated Mr. S. C.
Webb. Both players are members of the Imperial Club. For the
inter-club championships nearly forty teams, from thirty clubs,
competed, the prize being a silver challenge trophy, held for one
year. The Alexandra Palace Club were the winners in the men’s
teams and the Chiswick Club in the ladies’. In these contests the
following distinguished themselves by good play:–Mr. Hawkey
(Chiswick), Messrs. Broomfield (sic) and
Ayling (Alexandra Palace), Mr. Taylor
(Imperial Club); Miss Madden and Miss
Jeffs (Chiswick), and Miss Jansons
(Alexandra Palace).
The gentlemen’s (single) championship of
the United Kingdom, open to all players,
produced some exciting play. Mr. A. Parker
(Hendon Club) opposed Mr. [George J] Ross
(Imperial), and the two players were very
evenly matched.
The championship was decided by playing three games of thirty
points each. The first game Mr. Parker
won by a good margin, but the second
was an extremely keen struggle, the two
players during most of the game being
separated by only one point. At last they
reached the exciting stage when one
point only would decide the game. The
point was in favour of Mr. Parker, who
thus becomes the holder for a year of
the silver challenge trophy.
The ladies’ championship, between Miss
A. H. Madden (Chiswick) and Miss
Dora Boothby (Crystal Palace), was
even more exciting, for at the end of the
second game the players were even, with
one game each. At first Miss Boothby
held a considerable advantage in the
third and deciding game, but
determined play by Miss Madden at last
placed her ahead, and she won, after a
splendid struggle, by a margin of several
points. She therefore becomes the holder
of the silver challenge bowl presented by
the Crystal Palace Company.
Arnold Clifford Parker was born
in north London in late 1877 to
parents Clifford and Mary. In 1901,
living with his family in Hendon,
employed as a Bank Clerk (later
Bank Manager), whilst also writing
about Ping Pong. He was a
member of Hendon Ping Pong
Club (acting as Tournament
Secretary for their Ping Pong
Tournament in 1902). In 1906 in
Lewisham he married Gertrude
Clara Wolff, possibly in a double
ceremony with her sister, starting
their married life in Hampstead.
Early Tournament Reports: No. 3
After taking up badminton, football and cricket, he
returned to table tennis in the 1920s. He died in Bexhillon-sea, Sussex, on 1st December, 1954, aged 77.
It is virtually certain that Miss A H Madden was the lawn
tennis player Helen Agnes Madden, born in Shillong,
India about 1884, and living in Kensington in 1891. She
was married firstly to barrister Donald Robert ChalmersHunt in 1904, and then novelist Walter Lionel George in
1916 (both in Kensington). She died in about 1920.
The losing finalist was Penelope Dora
Harvey Boothby, born on 2nd August
1881 in Barnet. Around 1901, she was
living in Croydon with her mother,
Gertrude, and step-father, Harry Penn,
and was another lawn tennis convert to
table tennis. She married Arthur Cecil
Green in 1914 in London, and died on
22nd February 1970.
Mr. Percy Broomfield (sic), of the Alexandra Palace Club, won
the championship of the United Kingdom, and the cup (value
thirty guineas) was presented by Lord Rosmead. Mr. Broomfield
and his brother have now won sixty-two prizes between them. [He
defeated his brother Donald in the final, in his own words, as it was
“my turn to win the deciding game” (TTC 59).]
Speaking of the prospects of the game the champion waxed
enthusiastic. “It was in danger of being killed,” he said, “through
the ‘stone-wallers,’ but the discovery of the half-volley flick broke
the back of that sort of play, and made the game more open and
The “half-volley flick” consists of meeting the ball the moment
it has bounced with a sharp upward turn of the wrist. This
imparts tremendous speed to the celluloid.
Lawn Tennis and Croquet reported on 6th April:
4) 2nd to 5th March 1904 (Crystal Palace)
The Times of 2nd March 1904:
From the Daily Mail of 4th March:
Those who wrote “R.I.P.” over the tomb of table tennis are in
danger of laying themselves open to a charge of having
prematurely buried it.
No sport can be described as moribund when the Crystal Palace
Co. offer £100 worth of prizes at a championship tournament
such as the one now in progress at Sydenham.
Players in search of laurels have travelled to the Palace from
Newcastle, Ryde, and the Midlands, and the local club, the
Imperial, is also providing its quota of experts, who are
determined to retain the “championship of the United Kingdom,”
with its thirty guinea challenge trophy, in London. The finals will
be played to-morrow.
Mr. D. Davies, one of the competitors, who is only fifteen, is a
player of the highest promise. Miss Boothby, the lady champion
[handicaps], is also prepared to defend her title at the present
From the Croydon Guardian of 5th March:
And the final report from the Daily Mail (7 March):
No-one who witnessed the finals in the Ping-pong Tournament
at the Crystal Palace on Saturday can doubt that the game has a
future as well as a past.
John Percival Bromfield was born
in Birmingham in April 1883 to
parents John and Mary, followed in
1885 by his brother Donald Arthur.
By 1891 they had moved to
Chiswick, and then later to Hornsey,
when Percy was listed as an
‘Apprentice Mantle Manufacturer’,
later ‘Representative’ (in the clothing
trade). He married Lillian E Woodruff
at Barnet in 1911, and throughout his
illustrious career served as Chairman
of the TTA, Vice-President of the ETTA, and captained
England in the first international match. Although often
described as holding his 1904 trophy until the reintroduction of the event (1922), we now know this could
not have been the case! See John Ruderham’s research
into the ‘Forgotten Champion’ in this issue of the
Collector. But Percy did win the
event again, twenty years later,
in 1924! He died in Poplar in
1947 at the age of 64. Donald,
also working as a rep in 1911,
died in Edmonton in 1915.
Unfortunately, little is known of
the Ladies’ finalists, other than
the winner was ‘young’ and her
first name was Gladys, and the
loser was Mrs Ada Marvin.
With thanks to Gerald Gurney for the ‘Lawn Tennis’
copies, and to Chuck Hoey for the medal photograph.
by John Ruderham
It is not very often that a national champion in any sport is ever “forgotten”, but alarmingly and
despite the plethora of historical information that has been made available on our beloved game
of table tennis over the years this most definitely appears to be the case.
As we all know, a great deal has already been written on the “boom” era of 1902 to 1904, although it is only in
the last few months that with the invaluable assistance of Alan Duke we have pooled our resources to seek out
and provide further evidence on what we now believe to be the definitive champions of England between those
specific years (see our report and following Appendix). However, it has always seemed to have been just
passively accepted that the next national champion was not crowned until April 1922. This was the occasion
when Andrew Donaldson stonewalled Austin Carris to defeat in the final match at Selfridges in London in the
“resurrected” English Open championships staged by the
newly-combined Ping Pong Association and Table Tennis
Association. As regards the period 1904 until that date
there was supposedly only minor activity at this higher level
around the country and certainly very little, if anything,
seems to have been documented. The esteemed Ivor
Montagu mentions nothing relevant on the subject for this period in either of his two publications of 1924 (Table
Tennis Today) or 1936 (Table Tennis), although in the latter he remarks on the game that “It remained a passive
corpse (save for a pale repetition of the boom in miniature in Central Europe 1905-10) right up to after the 19141919 War”. Even Gerald Gurney in his benchmark book, “The Early Years”, concurs with this assumption when
he states that “It appears that sometime in 1904 the Table Tennis Association and the Ping Pong Association
ceased to exist. It is not known whether they were formally ‘wound up’ or just faded away. During the
interregnum, 1904-1922, there was, as already mentioned, very little activity in England.” Ron Crayden in his
“The Story of Table Tennis” wrote that “The last Championships were held in 1904 and the men's singles was
won by Percy Bromfield, and he remained 'champion unchallenged' for 18 years.” Conveniently, there have been
several “claims” on behalf of, and sometimes by, Percy Bromfield that he was the reigning English champion
during that time, for example, as reported in the Croydon Advertiser of 30 September 1922 (see above left) and
then hastily repeated in the Clapham Observer dated 10 November 1922, the latter newspaper of which just
seven days hence (see right) proudly stated that
“Bromfield was the six-times All-England champion” obviously Mr Bromfield’s local paper! Even his belated
obituary in the May 1954 “Table Tennis” magazine
quotes him as the All-England Men’s Singles champion
in 1920/1921.
This might have all been perfectly believable, but then I happened across the Foreword in the 1939 English
Open Souvenir programme (see excerpt below) penned by the ETTA General Secretary, Bill Pope, where it
displays P E Bromfield (though we now know his initials were definitely J P) as English Champion from 1904
until 1912 only. Of course, this is entirely due to the fact that there were no national championships held during
that time – as far as we know! However, not only does it show Mr Pope’s “slightly inaccurate” interpretation of
the champions 1902-1904, but it also names a Mr T Hollingsworth of Wednesbury as being champion from
1913-1920. I was already aware that the ETTA HQ when based at Featherstone House, 64 High Holborn in
London was bombed to the ground in September 1940 and all its archives were lost, so we have always been
reliant on the few snippets of information that do fortunately
remain along with individuals’ memories, where possible,
but nowhere had I encountered this person’s name ever
being mentioned before – let alone as an English champion!
Intrigued by just this one line reference to our Mr T
Hollingsworth, I therefore set about my investigations and
my mission was on!
I soon established that apart from the above entry in 1939, there was simply no
mention of him at all in any table tennis publications since, other than one earlier
1935 group photograph which was “repeated” in a later Programme - that was all.
My challenge was therefore almost Alexander Dubček­like, with everything but the
one remaining shoe seemingly “erased” from history - I simply had to re-discover the
truth. After devising a rough family tree and utilising the internet, I incredibly quickly
managed to track down a living relative who confirmed that his grand-father was
indeed a champion table tennis player of yesteryear and he was eventually able to
put me in touch with his uncle and Mr Hollingsworth’s youngest son, Peter - himself
now an octogenarian! These finds were a godsend. The photograph shown left is
one of the items Peter was able to pass to me and is of his father, Tom
Hollingsworth, taken in about 1915.
As a result of this contact, along with my own further intensive and many, many hours
of research, I can announce that there most definitely was an English Championship
that took place in 1913 and our Mr Hollingsworth was indeed victorious, as
corroborated with Tom’s winning medal engraved 7 February 1913 (see right). As
Tom was born on 6 November 1892, he would have been aged just twenty at that
time, which may even make him our youngest champion too. Having searched
through his local micro-filmed newspapers, I found two almost identical reports on the
final match in the Wednesbury Herald and the
Midland Advertiser, both dated 15 February
1913. The section left is from the former, in
which it would appear that there were earlier
locally-arranged competitions in order to
determine the area champions prior to the final, as the article states that
Mr Hollingsworth gained the Midland Counties’ Championship in the
previous year by defeating a Mr Evans of Walsall and that Andrew
Donaldson was the Northern Counties’ champion. Although I have not
looked for any evidence of Andrew Donaldson’s area win, I really have no
reason to doubt it as I had already observed in the Sunderland Daily Echo
& Shipping Gazette newspaper that he easily beat Robert Luke Rutter by
200 points to 130 points exactly one month later on 7 March 1913 to
become the North of England Champion and I was already aware that he
was the winner of the Sunderland & District TTA Individual Championships
every year from 1910 to 1917 inclusive anyway. Having played the game
longer, Andrew Donaldson was clearly the favourite to win the English title
on that Friday evening in 1913, but you will see that from leading 50-29 at
the half-way stage, in the end Tom Hollingsworth ran out an easy winner
by 100 to 69 points.
Obviously no national events took place during WWI, but we can
again see with Tom’s second English championship winner’s
medal (see right) dated 1919/1920, that another event did
indeed take place before the “officially-recorded” ones in all
ETTA literature that take effect from April 1922. I initially
discovered that the Sunderland Daily Echo on 17 March 1920
(see below left) declared the North of England championship
was due to be played for the right to play Tom Hollingsworth,
which again shows that preliminary “area” finals were played.
That actual match
resulted in a 200-187
points win for Andrew Donaldson over David Woodward. The English
Championship final was then fought at Sunderland on Saturday 27
March 1920, as shown in its eagerly anticipated announcement in the
Illustrated Chronicle dated 23 March 1920 (see right) where Tom
once again met Andrew Donaldson in the final. The Sunderland
Daily Echo published an absolutely superb account of the match
itself on 29 March 1920, and this is shown here in its entirety (see left).
Unlike the 1913 final, this match was played up to 200 points with
breaks when either player reached fifty points first, but it is clear that at
the half-way stage Tom was in danger of losing his title finding himself
100-81 points down. However, towards the end it states that
“Hollingsworth fairly amazed the crowd with some excellent full-length
drives and emerged winner by the narrow margin of 5 points.” I would
further mention that for over a year I was already in possession of a
newspaper photograph which I had been unable to either date or
determine from which tabloid it was gleaned. Amazingly, however, in
just the last few weeks I have been extremely fortunate to find the
original version which was published in the Illustrated Chronicle dated
29 March 1920 and this gem of a picture is shown below. By retaining
his title this would have made Tom the first of only two English-born
champions to have achieved this record to the current day – the other
double winner being Percy Bromfield in 1904 and 1924 as has been
frequently documented.
Anyway, returning to Bill Pope’s 1939
Foreword, as regards an event in the
1920/21 season he took the opportunity
to plead as follows “there appear to have
been no championships run in 1921 and
it is to the recollection of some of the
enthusiasts mentioned above that one
has to appeal for information about what
happened between then and 1926”.
Unfortunately, that is still the case for
some of our English archives from 1922
to 1926. Nevertheless, seventy three
years after Bill Pope posed the question,
I can announce that there was most
definitely an event staged in the 1920/21 season. By pure chance I found an article in the Newcastle Daily
Journal & Courant dated 21 February 1922 in which it stated that Andrew Donaldson had won the English
Individual Championship the previous April at Wednesbury and the same newspaper on 25 April 1922 (see left)
went on to confirm that he had “retained” the title with his April 1922 win.
Inspired by this discovery, I set about searching all the relevant local
newspapers for 1921 and noted in the Sunderland Daily Echo dated 2
April 1921 that in the English Championship Final, Tom was finally
defeated by Andrew Donaldson on his home patch by just four
points on Friday 1 April 1921. However, as regards a report on the
match, I would mention that I have meticulously searched all the
“possible” newspapers, but the reason nothing could be found was
because on 2 April
1921 the Birmingham
Mail (see left) revealed
reporter went to a hall
with the same name in
West Bromwich rather
than Wednesbury and
match (well it was April Fools’ Day!), but they did manage to print
the final score (200-196) and a “best guess” on how the match went
in their edition one week later (see right). One of the winner’s local
newspapers, the Illustrated Chronicle, did actually go slightly further
and additionally report on 9 April 1921 that Andrew Donaldson won
by “clever stratagem” (see left), but that is all we shall probably ever learn.
As regards the 1921/1922 English Championships, it would appear that for
some reason Tom chose not to enter and it can only be assumed that this
was because he was busy planning his marriage in 1922 to Gladys Porter in
the district of West Bromwich.
Of course, it is highly plausible that Tom would have encountered many other stalwarts of the
game around that time, however, his main protagonist continued to be Andrew Donaldson and
there was one particular account of an “interesting” match between the two that his son has
relayed to me. Peter recalls that his father told him that sometime just after the end of WWI,
Andrew placed an “all-comers challenge” advert in a national newspaper (possibly the Daily
Mail) and the likelihood is that this would have been back in 1919 when there was no official
English Championship. How many challenges were taken up, we may never know, but one
such match did take place – with Tom Hollingsworth! This involved two table tennis matches
(201-up both times) to be played “home” and “away” - Sunderland first (at the All Saints’ Parish Hall) and then
Wednesbury (at the Jolly Brewer Inn). The wager was a staggering £200 which is equivalent in today’s terms to
just over £7,500. As this was not long after the War money was still tight, but Tom’s family and friends were so
confident that they helped him stump up the full sum. This was a good move, as Tom was victorious both times!
Tom was also an entrant in
that inaugural nationwide
Daily Mirror competition
culminating on 2 May 1923
in which he was awarded a
gold medal as an area
champion (see Daily Mirror
extract left, dated 4 May
1923), though we shall never know how far he progressed from
being one of the last sixty-four men players left standing out of
the original forty thousand plus entrants, as that information
does not seem to exist. We can, however, be certain that he did
not make the last four, who were James Thompson (Bristol),
Herbert Anning Bennett (London), Percy Bromfield (London) and
Frank Lawes (Birmingham).
Unsurprisingly, Tom was also one of the players who
represented England in the very first International Match against
Wales on 23 May 1923. The group photograph (see right) appeared in the ETTA’s first “Table Tennis” magazine
of November 1935, but in the light of my research it is clearly evident that the names of Tom Hollingsworth and
Gilbert Belsten have been inadvertently swapped. Although this photograph was only ever published again in the
1952 English Open Souvenir Programme (with scores), you will see that this 1935 version actually mentions
both Percy Bromfield and Tom Hollingsworth as “ex-champions”, so even in that year it was still “remembered”
that Tom had been a champion. As regards the actual match, Tom won four games out of his eight played in
London that day, whereas Percy Bromfield won all eight. Perhaps it was on this occasion that Tom decided to
finally hang up his bat, as I can find no references since to any further events or championships in which Tom
However, Tom did continue to play now and then after the War, though not
competitively, and even up to the 1960s he enjoyed the odd game with fellow
local Adrian Haydon (the winning England team captain in 1953) and also
with Dorothy Round, the Wimbledon lawn
tennis winner (1934 and 1937), who lived
nearby too. I am also reliably informed that
on one particular occasion, when their father
was in his sixties, his sons enticed Ken
Jones, who was the Staffordshire lawn tennis and table tennis champion at that
time, along to their family food factory where they had always kept a
reasonably-good Jaques table and asked him if he wouldn’t mind just giving
their “aged father” a quick game. Ken duly arrived with all his sporting gear and
was somewhat surprised to find he had been brought along to play “an old man in his braces”. He was even
more stunned when he got beaten! Even though Tom had always played with a “penholder grip", he was
apparently able to impart a great deal of spin, which would have been quite difficult with the old style bats, but
nevertheless still good enough to beat many a “current” champion!
Tom continued to follow the sport throughout his life and in April 1953 he was
interviewed by the Daily Mirror sport correspondent, Sam Leitch, prior to the
newspaper’s annual tournament later that month (see left). Tom also went along to
the 1977 World Championships when they were held in Birmingham and a short
recording was made for the local radio station in which he was asked by television
sports commentator, Tony Francis, for his views on the current
ability of the leading players at that time to which he replied that
they were “absolutely marvellous”. On his own ability in
comparison, Tom said “I was reasonably good for the time”, which
clearly was an under-statement by an English champion! I have
listened to that short interview and although Tom went on to say that he started out using the
vellum bats, although he referred to them as “the old tambourine bats”, from where he
believed the name “ping-pong” originated due to the sound, he revealed that by 1913 he and
many other players were using and actually making their own wooden bats.
Tom was obviously a gifted sportsman, as he also became an accomplished golf player
winning the prestigious Olton Cup at the Olton Golf Club in Solihull twice in 1929 and 1935,
as well as the Food Manufacturers’ golf competition at Wentworth, along with many others.
From being a Private involved in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, during WWII he
experienced a remarkable promotion to become
Lieutenant Colonel of the Home Guard 36 th
Staffordshire (Wednesbury) Battalion where he
was supported by no less than seventy three
officers. In 1944 he was elected as the town’s Mayor too. He passed away on 21 July
1985 at the age of 92, with not even a mention in any table tennis literature whatsoever,
but at least with it now being February 2013 and exactly one century after his first English Ping Pong
Championship win in February 1913, he shall not be forgotten. Thank you.
John Ruderham ([email protected])
Early Tournament Reports: No. 3
The Early Championships: Appendix
by Alan Duke and John Ruderham
Whilst this series has concentrated on the very early years (1901-04), we felt that an extra page was required in order
to summarise and combine the findings presented in two articles in this edition of the Collector i.e. Part 3 of this series,
and ‘The Forgotten Champion’. Together, these articles bridge the years from the first Championships to the
beginning of the officially-recognised events in 1921-22 (which later became known as The English Open). The results
have also been gathered for the first time into a table, shown at the bottom of this page.
It is well documented that Andrew Donaldson was the first English “Open” champion
beating Austin Carris in April 1922, but as we have now discovered, he was in fact
defending that title which he won at Wednesbury by finally defeating the former
double champion, Tom Hollingsworth (see left for extract from the Newcastle Daily
Journal & Courant, dated 11 April 1922). It can only be assumed that all references
to our earlier English Championships were lost during WWII, although it is also
curious that no mention was ever made by Ivor Montagu or Percy Bromfield at the
time of the PPA and TTA amalgamation. It is only thanks to Bill Pope’s 1939 article
in the English Open Souvenir Programme that we are now fortunate to be able to present our findings.
Andrew Donaldson was born in North Queensferry, Dunfermline, Scotland, in about 1886, to
English parents Joseph (a railway time-keeper) and Hannah (née Simpson). By 1890, he was living
in north-east England, firstly at Tynemouth and then Southwick, Sunderland. His father died very
young, whilst Andrew was aged about five. Andrew also lost his step-father (Charles Hubbard)
when he was about 14, by which time he had already embarked on his chosen career, staying on at
school as a Pupil Teacher. After attending Bede College, Durham, he taught at St Columba’s CE
School from 1908 until his retirement in 1946. In addition to ping-pong (which he had played from
around the turn of the century), and the rugby mentioned in the extract above, he was also keenly
interested in cricket. Andrew married Jane G Dixon at Chester-le-Street in 1927, but she sadly died
two years later at the age of only 29. Andrew was one of the founders of the Sunderland League in
1910, played for England in 1923-4 and 1926-7, and was appointed a Vice-President of the ETTA in 1960. He died
suddenly on 6th June 1962, at the age of 75, still in his adopted home town of Sunderland.
The ‘official' series of Championships commenced following
the formation of the Ping-Pong Association in November
1921. This body was subsequently dissolved by resolution in
1922-23, and immediately re-formed as the Table Tennis
Association, later to become the English Table Tennis
Association (1926).
It is the period between the Ping-Pong craze era of 1901-04
and the resurgence of interest in the game in 1921 that these
articles cover - from the first win by George Greville in 1902,
via names such as Arnold Parker, Percy Bromfield, and Tom
Hollingsworth, through to Andrew Donaldson’s win in 1921.
8-14 January
3-6 December
25-28 February
2-5 March
7 February
27 March
1 April
Men's Singles
R Tarry
Event not held
Event not held
20-9, 20-17
Not known
30-?, 30-29
Not known
Women's Singles
19-20, 20-19,
Not known
2 games to 1
Not known
Event not held
Event not held
Event not held
Event not held
Event not held
Gerald Gurney sends a photo from his recent exhibition at Framingham (ENG), along with
an unusual find, a Table Tennis set in an unusual case - a leather briefcase, complete with
closing clip and carrying handle. Gerald writes that it is a Palitoy Tournament Table Tennis
set, England 1930s. The rackets have sandpaper on one side of the blade, and rubber
(with very small pimples) on the other. Rather ordinary contents, but a fine carrying case!
Gerald will be delighted to hear from anyone having a similar set in such a neat package.
Gerald’s recent Tennis exhibition at Framingham, England, with some early Table Tennis items.
Philatelic Update
We begin this Philatelic Update with a few more issues commemorating
the London 2012 Olympic Games, followed by several issues celebrating
top players. Guinea-Bissau published two blocs on a history theme, with
one pirated photo, perhaps others. Winfried Engelbrecht found a
previously unknown red meter cancel from 1960, and Hans-Peter
Trautmann sends a 1999 postmark from Japan, both surprises!
London 2012 Olympic Games theme on a Table Tennis stamp from Paraguay
(left), and a multi-sport souvenir sheet from Republique du Tchad (below). And
2 new stamps from France for the upcoming World Championships, along with
a vignette of the venue in Bercy.
Special thanks to Hans-Peter Trautmann, Winfried Engelbrecht, Tang Ganxian, and Marc
Templereau for their helpful inputs.
Commemorative packet featuring
Japanese medallists from the
London 2012 Olympic Games. Set of
ten 50 Yen postage stamps,
including Ai Fukuhara, who earned a
Silver medal in the Team event (2ⁿ�
from right in the upper row). Two
Table Tennis scenes are shown in
the accompanying pages.
Malawi 2012 Top Ping Pong Players:, 8 stamps of 70K, including
Ma Long, Zhang Jike, Wang Hao, Xu Xin, Ding Ning, Guo Yan, Liu
Shiwen and Li Xiaoxia
Guinea Bissau, Historia co Ténis de Mesa. The Gossima photo was pirated ! Rong Guo Tuan, China’s
first World Champion in any sport, is shown twice, and the great Victor Barna. Also issued imperforate
Central Africa, Champions du Ping Pong. Bloc with 4 stamps
@900F, with Xu Xin, Zhang Jike, Ding Ning and Li Xiaoxia. Bloc
with single 3000F stamp, MA Long. Also issued imperforate.
Burundi souvenir bloc for the
London 2012 Olympic Games.
Table Tennis shown on lower left
stamp. At the 2012 World
Championships in Dortmund a
group of children from Burundi
were special guests. Also issued in
Two souvenir blocs issued by Guinea
Republic on 20.9.2012, Le Champions de
Tennis de Table, also “25e Congrès postal
universel, Doha 2012”. The smaller bloc
shows Zhang Jike on the right, and Wang
Hao on the 40000Fg stamp. The larger
block shows Jan-Ove Waldner on the
right, then 3 stamps (L-R): 20000Fg with
Zhang Jike, Wang Hao 5000Fg, and Wang
Hao, 15000Fg. Also issued with stamps
This edition of the Postmarks Update features several meter cancels, and many
surprises! Winfried Engelbrecht found a previously unknown red meter from 1960,
Hans-Peter Trautmann sends a 1999 Japanese cancel that has not appeared in this
journal before, and 3 Chinese postmarks from 2010 were found. Marc Templerau
confirms that the French TTA will soon use a blue meter cancel in connection with
the 2013 World Championships in Paris. Please keep these discoveries coming guys!
Previously unknown red meter cancel from 1960, discovered by Master collector Winfried
Engelbrecht (GER), who sends this report:
A few weeks ago I was lucky to find a more than 50 years old meter franking postmark which was
so far unknown to me and is also not listed in any postmark catalogue. The postmark is from 1960
and was used at that time by the office of the West German Table-Tennis Association (WTTV) in
Schwerte (Ruhr).
Only previously known by the office of WTTV was a Red Meter on the occasion of the 28th
National German Table Tennis Championships 1960 in Essen. This postmark is wanted worldwide
by a lot of collectors and to my knowledge only three copies of this Red Meter have been found.
Later, the office of the WTTV moved from Schwerte to Duisburg, where the Red Postmark was
changed accordingl to the new location. Later the postmark was changed from red to blue colour.
Winfried also sends this Blue meter for the 2013 German Championships in Bamberg
Two red meter cancels, China World Challenge
Guangzhou, China 2010.11.12-12.12
Three Chinese postmarks from 2010 to
report, in connection with the 16�� Asian
Games in Guangzhou (12-27 Nov.)
Left: 2010.08.04
Above: 2010.11.12 - 12.12
Below: 2010.11.12, opening day
Yamagata, Japan 1999 sport recreation. This
mark, not previously shown in the TTC, was
discovered by master collector Hans-Peter
Trautmann of Germany.
2012 Olympic Games opening, 2012.7.27
Xinjiang City. TT pictogram in lower right
Two red meter cancels from Shanghai, the Open tournament timed with the
Chinese New Year celebration.
Auction Action
This season has featured many fine antique items up
for bids, including several fine strung rackets, boxed
sets from France, Germany, England and the USA,
books, balls, programmes. And 3 different ball pick-up
devices surfaced, although at high costs. With only a
few exceptions the prices seemed reasonable, indeed
some were great bargains.
Rare Globe Metal Polish advertising trade
card. Some condition issues, but these
cards are very difficult to find, this example
selling for only £10. There are 12 cards in
the series from 1902. Globe Metal Polish
balls also exist, stamped in purple ink.
China 1961 World Championships
picture postcard US$ 15.50
Our cover story, a superb French Tennis de Salon set in
wood box, with color litho, ball retriever, 4 strung rackets,
& unusual striped balls. A great find at only 306 Euros.
JW Spear set, early boxlid illustration, pair
battledores, reasonably priced at £38 The
Spear company was located in Bavaria.
Program, England-Hungary 1935. £27 English Open 1939 program. £22
1938 Wembley World Championship
programme. Sold for £23
C.1902 set by J.W.Spear (Bavaria), 1 drum racket. Elegant soiree. Only £35
Box of 6 VILLA Table Tennis balls, labeled for
the 1935-36 season. US$ 27
1930s Krazy TT, 4 rackets, £43
Battledore metal brooch, c.1900-02 $10
Superb gold brooch, rackets faced with Mother of Pearl. £160 The same
style brooch exists with curved base, both c.1902. The spiral decoration on
the handles represents the typical candycane style battledore wrap.
Ping Pong pipe, c.1902, sold for only $67
Clay pipe bowl, with PING PONG and pair
of battledores. In a lot of 12 different sport
motif pipe bowls that sold for £114
Canister of Ping Pong Brand Tea, did
not sell at $70
Postcard Page
Ping Pong in Fairyland V £22. These cards exist plain or with various
holiday greetings. Card VI seems to be the most difficult to find.
Tuck 623.IV art by L. Thackeray £24
Tuck 623.II, unusual side nets, art by L. Thackeray £24
Scarce Red Star Lines postcard, undivided back. $72
Beware, reproductions exist, but this is an original.
6 Euros for this colorful magazine cover
Ping Pong score card, a rare find, only $43
Spalding set in wood box, 1902, with
fine color lithograph & 4 elegant, wellpreserved bamboo rackets with single
sheet of vellum. Sold for $751
Pair of fine early wood rackets, $125
Two lots of early drum rackets with handles of various lengths. Sold for an average of £24 each
Rare Whiff-Waff nickle-plated extendable ball pick-up
device with Ox bone handle, prongs padded with felt.
Rare folding ball pick-up device, c. 1902
Whiff-Waff “The Queen’s” drum rackets with knob end &
large vertical groove on both sides of the handle.
Pair of pyrographic wood bats
Fine example of an early
pyrographic bat, with
American flag design and
date of 1902. Sold for $175.
Another example of an early
wood bat with pyrography
Fine early wood bat, the King
model, with cross-hatch
pattern, designed to enhance
spin. This racket attracted
much interest on ebay.
Fine example of a Stiga Ehrlich Expander
thick waffle sponge. 1156 SEK
1745 SEK for this thick waffle sponge racket,
a Stiga Ehrlich with typical slant cut,, 1950s
Well-preserved Stiga Hornet
hardbat 2550SEK
Boxed Flisan Expander thick sponge racket, waffle style, mint
condition. Sold for a strong 3775SEK, about US$ 562
Seldom seen Stiga
Grive Artist, 1600
SEK. A second
example sold for
World Championships: Missing Scores
Round of 16
Round of 16; QF: Vana 3-0
Round of 16
Round of 16; QF
Round of 16 (except Furstova win)
Round of 16: Rozeanu 3-0, Wertl 3-0, Zeller 3-1, Sagi 3-0
Round of 16
Round of 16; QF: Blattner/McClure 3-2; SF: Kolar/Petrisek 3-2
Round of 16
Round of 16; QF: ALL, except Leach/Carrington
Round of 16
Round of 16: Dolinar/Harangozo 3-2, Sido/Koczian 3-0,
Andreadis/Vana 3-1, duBuy/Van Zoelen 3-1 scores
Missing Scores
Round of 16
Round of 16: Kleinova/Holoubkova 3-0, Mednyanszky/Gal 3-0,
Votrubcova/Depterisova 3-1
SF: Kettnerova/Smidova 3-1
ALL, except Final
Round of 16
Round of 16: Farkas/Rozeanu, Fantusz/Sagi, Hruskova/Krejcova
Round of 16: except Simon/Neuberger, Haydon/Rowe, Eguchi/M
Round of 16: Liang Li-Chen/Li Ho-nan 3-0
Round of 16
Rd of 16; QF: Kolar/Smidova 3-2; SF: Kelen/Mednyanszky
ALL, except Final
Round of 16: Vana/Hruskova, Reisman/McLean, Sido/Farkas
Niedenmark/Stockenburg, Harangozo/Pauk
Verify Leach/Franks winning score in Round of 16
Round of 16: Except British player scores
Round of 16: Except wins by Simons/Elliot & Tanaka/Narahara
Help us complete the historical record of the World Championships! I seek the actual game
scores, e.g., 21-17, not the number of games (not 3-2). Contact the editor at: [email protected]
Please include a reference of the publication where you found any of the above missing scores.
MS = Men’s Singles WS = Women’s Singles MD = Men’s Doubles WD = Women’s Doubles
XD = Mixed Doubles QF = Quarterfinals SF = Semifinals
ITTF Museum
Chateau Renens
A Retrospective
Recently I found several postcards, all
over 100 years old, showing photos of
the ITTF chateau as it looked back then.
Compare with the painting above, from
1800, and below, a recent photo. The
structure looks the same as in 1800.
Check out an aerial view:
“Un havre de paix et de tranquillité”
Collector Directory
Günther Angenendt ebay thorin2001
Langacker 10a 44869 Bochum, Germany
+49-2327-77117 [email protected]
Pre-war World Ch Programs; all Ttitems
German boxed sets & bats; TT pins
Jorge Arango [email protected]
Cl. 10 No. 25-103 Ap.116 Medellin Columbia
Philatelic & general TT items Ebay: nofrah37
Michael L. Babuin, PhD USA
PO Box 3401 Cary N,c. 27519 ebay: sircules
[email protected]
Pre-1905 books, old film copies, programs
Oliver Born Germany
[email protected]
Old Butterfly rackets, especially Korpa
Keith Bowler
14 Ewell Street, Balmain, N.S.W.
2041 Australia (02) 98104128
Old magazines, publications up to 1961
Fabrice Chantriaux France
10 Rue des Chevrefeuilles F-45130 Saint-Ay
[email protected] Stamps, cancels,
Postcards, posters, old papers on TT
Colin Clemett [email protected]
7 Brookmead Way, Havant PO9 1RT UK
Historical documents
Fabio Colombo Italy
[email protected]
Table Tennis books, World Rankings. Author
Seeking STIGA Stipancic rackets
Ron Crayden (ENG) in Memoriam
Andre Demeure Belgium 02/770.55.29
Place de Mai 10 B-1200 Brussels
[email protected] Cancels, coins, red
meters, stationeries, color proofs, artist
sheets, stamps (perf+imperf), postcards
Jean Devys Residence La petite vigne,
20 rue Edgar Quinet, A16 F-59100 Roubaix
France 33.320828444 Fax: 33.320650849 TT
philately, cycling [email protected]
Axel Dickhaus Germany
Atzienbacherf Str. 88 D-51381 Leverkusen
Sergio Durazzano [email protected]
Via Girardini 8, 33100 Udine, Italy
0432.21105 Stamps & historical books
Winfried Engelbrecht Germany
Virgiliastr.21 D-45131 Essen
[email protected] Philately:
Stamps, FDCs, Sheets, Postmarks, books,
phonecards, tickets, stickers, W.C. Programs
Romualdas Franckaitis
[email protected]
Barry Hayward UK
19 Little Hardwick Road, Streetly
West Midlands WS9 0SD
[email protected]
Chuck Hoey Curator, ITTF Museum
Chemin de la Roche 11, RENENS 1020
Switzerland [email protected]
Art bats, unusual bats, historic photos,
Important medals, museum quality items
Gao Yi-bin [email protected]
2-202 Lakeside Apartment, Jiangning,
Nanjing, P.R.China 211100
+8625 5212 3334 TT stamps, FDC, postcards
phonecards, coins, medals, pins, cancels
Martin Holland [email protected]
44 Victoria Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
England BA14 5JU TT postcards & trade cards
Rolf Jaeger USA [email protected]
Tennis and Table Tennis items
Custom jewelry:
Roman Gelman [email protected]
24 Taverngreen Court, Baltimore, MD. USA
21209 410 602 0267 Pins,,badges,medals
Dean Johnson
3404 Holly Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 478 3605 [email protected]
David Good [email protected]
710 N.Waverly, Dearborn, MI 48128 USA
+1 313 278 5271 c.1900 sets, equipment,
ephemera, memorabilia
Jean-Francois Kahn France
49 rue Leonardo da Vinci, 77330 Ozoir la
Ferriere [email protected]
+33 1 40779762 TT philately: imperf stamps
Sheets, color proofs, minister/artist sheets,
errors, postmarks, meters, FDCs, specimens
Scott Gordon USA [email protected]
5340 Shelato Way, Carmichael, CA 95608
+1 916 978 0117 films
Historic films,classic era hardbats, old books
Gordon Gotal [email protected]
Meduliceva 23 Zagreb 10000 Croatia
+3851 4848 687 Exch: TT pins, medals, postcards Acquire: WC & EC official badges
(Guest, organizer, player, press, etc)
Steve Grant NY, NY USA author
[email protected] ebay: prompt101
Ping Pong Diplomacy, Early 1900s TT
Esko Heikkinen [email protected]
Vainamoisenkatu 9 B 17 Helsinki 00100
Finland +358 50 62532
TT history, Stiga bats
Gerald Gurney
Guildhall Orchard, Great Bromley Colchester
ESSEX CO7 7TU England. All racket games, All
equipment, ephemera. Historian, author.
Worldwide exhibitions. Swimming items.
Exch: boxed sets, postcards, books, rackets
+49 (0)2171 32108 Fax: 49 (0)2171.731478
Christian Klaus Möllersdorf, Austria
43.664.8546343 [email protected]
TT stamps, cancels, postcards, autograph
cards, FDCs, historic photos, magazines,
Newspapers, score-lists, books, posters …
Jan Kleeven [email protected]
Margrietstraat 63 6373 NN Landgraaf
Netherlands Pins, flags, pennants, stamps,
Phonecards, stickers
Matti Kolppanen Finland
Kollekannaksent 12E, FI-02720 Espco
[email protected]
TT history, TT postcards
Randy Koo
Torenwacht 37, 2353 DB Leiderkorp
+31 071 5417413 [email protected]
Stamps mint, postmarks, red meters, FDC
Hans Kreischer +34965698195
Avenue les Comargues 21, Busot-Allicante
03111 Spain [email protected]
[email protected] TT balls, phone cards
Alan Duke [email protected]
2 Shapwick Close, Swindon WILTS. England
SN3 3RQ UK +44 (0) 1793 531234
History, music & photo record of TT items
Rex Haggett [email protected]
27 Meadow Close, Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire, CV37 9PJ England
+44 (0) 1789 269352
Kevin Lau USA [email protected]
7544 N.Claremont Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
773-719-0860 Philatelic, pins, coins,
memorabilia, souvenir & decorative items
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Caron Leff [email protected] USA
9201 Lalique Lane #1602, Ft. Myers, FL
33919 Interest: pins
Jeong-Kye Park [email protected]
P.O.Box 555 BUSAN 600-605 KOREA SOUTH
016 242 2075 Stamps, cancellations, covers
Francis Leibenguth France
1 résidence des Hauts de Villebon 91140
Villebon-sur-Yvette +33951966614
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Vintage bats (esp hardbats), vintage sets
Robin Radford
[email protected]
16 St Edmund Cr TAWA, Wellington, NZ
+64 04 232 5672
TT cartoons, comic strips, clip art
Jorgen Lindh [email protected]
Egnahemsgatan 13D S-43242 Varberg
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Steve Luck, 12 Liskey Hill, Perranporth,
Cornwall TR6 0ET Phone: 07860 446209
[email protected] racket sports,
rowing, billiards, croquet, archery ...
Fabio Marcotulli
[email protected] ebay ID: zappiros
Barna rackets, TT items from all eras
Hubert Menand
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President, AFCTT (French TT Collectors)
Eldon Mohler [email protected]
1820 E.Warm springs Rd.
Suite 112 Las Vegas. NV 89119 USA
Fax: +1-702-453-8472
Erik Kenneth Muhr England UK
2 Highgate Hill, Hawkhurst KENT TN18 4LB
01580 752676 History of Table Tennis
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Rudolf Mueller Germany
Bahnhofstr. 58 D-57250 Netphen 027381461 Stamps, cancels, letter, error, red
meters [email protected]
Jan Nusteleyn Netherlands
Weserstraat 21, 9406 VP Assen 0592356050 e-mail: [email protected]
Stamps, mint perforated FDCs red meters,
cancels WC, EC, EC-Youth, Top-12
Jose Ransome
”Conifers” Church Lane ORMESBY
Middleborough TS7 9AU ENGLAND
01642 322223 [email protected]
Geoff Reed
21 Beaulieu Park, St Helier.
Jersey JE24RN [email protected]
44.01534.730132 Table Tennis history
Helmut Reinhardt
Friedrich-Voss-Platz 19,
D-24768 Rendsburg, GERMANY
[email protected]
Ortwin Schiessl
Lascygasse 14-16, A-1170 WIEN
[email protected] table tennis
philately: Stamps, sheets, FDC, postmarks
Lutz Schoenfeld
selling Table Tennis items on ebay: pongiste
e-mail: [email protected]
Martin Senn
St. Gallen, Switzerland
e-mail: [email protected]
Seeks old Stiga blades & catalogues
Luigi Simeoni [email protected]
Via Ponte S.Pancrazio 2/a 37133 Verona
Italy 0039 045 532033 TT Balls, catalog
Harry Sintemaartensdijk Netherlands
Julianastraat 8,2651 DP Berkel en Rodenrijs
0031 105114621 [email protected]
Tischtennis Aufklebers/stickers
Tang Gan Xian P.R.China
[email protected]
Qing Hu 4-35-104, ChangShu 215500
Robert Op de Beeck +03/455.41.59
+86-512-52722359 TT stamps, FDC, pins
J.F.Willemstraat 66 2530 Boechout BELGIUM postmarks, postcards, phonecards,tickets,
Florian Pagel Germany [email protected]
Older bats: Banda, Stiga, Joola, Butterfly,
Gregory Pinkhusovich
Apt.10, h.2 Sheshet Ha-Yamim Str
Ariel 40700 ISRAEL +972-54-3394739
[email protected]
TTpins, badges, medals, coins
Michael Thomson
1 Kinnoull Terrace, PERTH
PH2 7DJ SCOTLAND UK 01738 622052
[email protected]
Jaques and history of Table Tennis
Solazzi Tonino [email protected]
Via Millefonti 6 / 5 10126 Torino, Italy
00393391870279 Table Tennis pins
Hans-Peter Trautmann Germany
Siegfriedstr. 17 64385 Reichelsheim
[email protected] ebay ID: hpt146
Stamps mint, perf + imperf, sheets, color
proofs, minister/artist sheets, postmarks,
errors, red/blue meters
Graham Trimming
Rosemount Juniper Lane
Wooburn Green, Bucks HP10 0DE England
44 (0) 1628 529609
[email protected] pre-1939 TT
items, esp c.1900s. Acquire: Gossima 1891;
early unusual items; early World Ch items.
Nikola Turk [email protected]
Ulica Pavla Hatza 26, Zagreb 10000 Croatia
Sport historian, Sport-recreation activist,
journalist Professor of Kinesiology. Philatelic
Damir Uzorinac Croatia
Prilaz Gjure Dezelica 20 10000 Zagreb
[email protected] 38598474982
Books, pins, stamps, cancellations
Russ Walker [email protected]
4316 Irving Ave N, MPLS MN 55412 USA
+1-612-522-7905 ebay ID: russw58
Early 1900s equipment & boxed sets
Yao Zhenxu
Room 401 Unit 1 Building 2
No. 4 Dongsikuaiyu South Street
Chongwen District, Beijing 100061, China
+86-13911990508 [email protected]
TT stamps, FDC, postcards, coins, pins,
phonecards, postal material, tickets etc
Jos Zinkstok Netherlands
Neckarstraat 8 NL9406 VN ASSEN
+31 592 350486 Fax: 0031 592 355861
[email protected]
TT cancellations, stamps, vignettes, on
real used, letters/covers/cards, FDC
Marc Templereau France [email protected]
16 Hameau des cerisiers 38150 Roussillon
Secretary, AFCTT (French TT Collectors
Collections : stamps, FDC, players postcards,
autographs, programs
Anton Zwiebel In Memoriam
Heavy Metal
This edition of Heavy Metal features two medals
from early World Championships, 1933 Baden,
and 1948 Wembley.
Left, Silver medal for the Swaythling Cup (HTII at
the bottom means Herren Team 2ⁿ� place) from
the 1933 World Championship. Sold for only
$105. The reverse side shows a scene of the city.
1948 World Championship, Gold medal for the
Corbillon Cup for Women’s Team. This medal,
in its original presentation box, was won by
English national star Elizabeth Steventon. This
was accompanied by the official pin for the
Championships, along with a competitor’s guide
booklet, and scorecard. However, this historic
lot attracted no bids Hope it finds a good home
in England, where it belongs. I can connect an
interested party to the seller on request.
The prestigious World Cup
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