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EXHIBIT 232HD
"BOUND MANUSCRIPT; 1868"
 SHOWN HERE IS A UNIQUE ITEM FROM THE COLLECTION OF INTERNATIONAL GRANDMASTER HUGH DEVLIN, OF IRELAND.
FROM MR. DEVLIN....

 " I once went into an old book shop in the old town area of Edinburgh to ask about draughts books. Sometimes they had an odd one in stock like from Wiswell or Ryan, or Belasco. I always bought whatever they had, sometimes already owning several copies already. I'd then try to swap them with someone else for something I didn't already have. Garret Owens and myself swapped several books this way.

  However on this day they told me that they had two draughts books in stock.  They told me that had come into possession (via a book auction) of an old players manuscript of his own games. They wanted 100 for it. They got it for me and I was truly amazed. However, on examination it was not a player's original games but a hand written (in several notebooks) copy of the games from Sturges, Anderson, Martins, Sinclair etc. It became apparent that someone else had also gone into the library or they had borrowed books from their friends, and had hand written each book into a copy book, much like photocopying a book today, only the hard way! In addition there was a note book containing "Critical positions" by Sturges, Wyllie, Anderson, and Martins.

  All the notebooks where hand cut (slightly different sizes) and they were bound together in hard back - with an original copy of Drummond's Scottish Draughts Play 2nd Ed, Wyllie Vs Martins 1864 Original Matchbook , all the Wyllie Vs Martins 1867 games handwritten.  All books and hand written notebooks were bound together and numbered in sequence amounting to 475 pages. Inside the fly leaf is a signature Wm. Brown, Lennoxtown. November 1868! My eyes nearly popped out! The second book was an original Anderson's Game of Draughts Simplified (revised by Mc Culloch) 1905 for which they wanted 50.

  I informed them that the "notebook" was not original games, but the hand written copy of games that were published elsewhere. He told me that I seemed to know my draughts, and he offered me both books for 60. I nearly took his hand off while shaking it! Hugh"

SUBMITTED BY H. DEVLIN












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EXHIBIT 208AV
"OLDBURY'S ENCYCLOPAEDIA VOL. 6; INSCRIBED"
  ON EXHIBIT HERE IS A SIGNED COPY OF VOLUME 6 OF DEREK OLDBURY'S COMPLETE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF DRAUGHTS.
  THE INSCRIPTION READS......"For Chris & Sally at Kudos  Best Regards from Derek Oldbury".
  THIS COPY, OWNED BY MR. ALLAN VAVROCH, WAS PURCHASED ON AMAZON.
  KEN LOVELL'S BOOK "DRAUGHTS BOOKS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY" CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT....OF ALL OF THE ENTRIES IN THIS BIBLIOGRAPHY MR. OLDBURY'S MAGNUM OPUS IS BY FAR THE MOST DIFFICULT TO SUMMARIZE, BUT THE PUBLISHER'S BLURB MAKES A FAIR ATTEMPT: "COMPLETE? HOW CAN IT BE? EXPLORING THE SUBJECT FROM EVERY CONCEIVABLE ANGLE: TECHNICAL, HISTORICAL, POLITICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, ANECDOTAL. IMPARTING A WEALTH OF ADVICE AND INFORMATION NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED, A MASTER PLAYER TAKES HIS CLASS-THE READERS-GIVING THEM A BREADTH OF VISION OF THE GAME FAR IN EXCESS OF ANYTHING PREVIOUSLY ATTEMPTED."
SUBMITTED BY A. VAVROCH
 
 
 
 
 
 

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EXHIBIT 200EVL
"H.D. LYMAN'S SELECTED PROBLEMS; INSCRIBED"
   SHOWN IS A REMARKABLE COPY OF H.D. LYMAN'S 1881 BOOK "SELECTED PROBLEMS".
   W.T. CALL'S "LITERATURE OF CHECKERS" STATES...
   "THIS MONUMENTAL WORK OF 421 LARGE PAGES CONTAINS 1022 PROBLEMS SELECTED WITH THE UTMOST CARE FROM ALL SOURCES, ARRANGED AND INDEXED IN A THOROUGHLY SYSTEMATIC WAY. LYMAN'S PROBLEM BOOK, AS IT IS POPULARLY CALLED, IS A KIND OF REPOSITORY FOR THE GEMS OF CHECKER GENIUSES IN THE PROBLEM ART."
   COPIES OF THIS BOOK ARE SCARCE, AND RARELY COME UP FOR SALE ON THE OPEN MARKET. WHEN THEY DO APPEAR, THEY ALWAYS DEMAND A GREAT PREMIUM, EVEN IN POOR CONDITION.
  THIS PARTICULAR COPY IS VERY UNIQUE, IN THAT IT IS INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR.
  IT IS OWNED BY MR. ERIC VAN LAER, WHO WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND THIS COPY FOR SALE ON EBAY.
FROM ERIC....
   "This is a mint condition copy of H.D. Lyman’s SELECTED PROBLEMS (1881). It has been beautifully rebound in leather with gold leaf lettering, and has been inscribed by the author to his cousin."
SUBMITTED BY E. VAN LAER
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 188JY
"THE GAME OF DRAUGHTS; THE SWITCHER OPENING CUSTOM BOUND"
  SHOWN IS A COPY OF "THE GAME OF DRAUGHTS; THE SWITCHER OPENING", BY JAMES WYLLIE , PUBLISHED IN 1881.
  THE BOOK ITSELF CONTAINS JAMES WYLLIE'S ANALYSIS OF THE "SWITCHER" OPENING, WHICH, AS WYLLIE HIMSELF EXPLAINED IT...."WAS SO NAMED BY MY ESTEEMED AND DEAR OLD FRIEND, MR. GEORGE WALLACE OF GLASGOW, AND IT WAS NOT INAPPROPRIATELY NAMED, FOR, WITH THAT WEAK AND APPARENTLY SILLY OPENING, I HAVE "SWITCHED" AND PERPLEXED MANY AN EMINENT PLAYER "....
  THE BOOK ALSO CONTAINS THE GAMES OF THE 1880 "29-25 SWITCHER MATCH" PLAYED BETWEEN JAMES WYLLIE AND ROBERT MARTINS IN GLASGOW, WON BY WYLLIE 4-1-15 DRAWS. 
   CALL'S LITERATURE LISTS THIS AS A "PAMPHLET, POPULARLY KNOWN AS WYLLIE'S SWITCHER BOOK", WHICH WOULD MAKE THIS COPY EXHIBITED, OWNED BY JASON YEO OF SINGAPORE, A CUSTOM BOUND COPY OF THIS RARE BOOK.
  THE BOOK WAS PURCHASED FROM CROMWELL BOOKS OF LOS ANGELES, CA. 
SUBMITTED BY J. YEO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 171JY
"SCOTTISH TOURNAMENT BOOK"
  IN 1893, THE FIRST TOURNAMENT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF SCOTLAND WAS HELD AT GLASGOW, WITH WILLIAM BRYDEN WINNING THE TITLE OF CHAMPION DRAUGHTS PLAYER OF SCOTLAND, A TITLE WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY DETERMINED BY MATCH PLAY.
  FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF CHECKERS AND/OR DRAUGHTS PLAYERS, THE TITLE OF SCOTTISH TOURNAMENT CHAMPION WAS SECOND ONLY TO THE TITLE OF "WORLD CHAMPION" IN PRESTIGE AND RECOGNITION.        
  THE WINNERS OF THE FIRST SEVEN TOURNAMENTS ;
(1893) WILLIAM BRYDEN,
(1894-95) ROBERT STEWART,
(1896) RICHARD JORDAN,
(1897) JAMES FERRIE,
(1898-99) HARRY FREEDMAN.
  THE GAMES FROM THESE TOURNAMENTS WERE PRESERVED AND PUBLISHED IN BOOK FORM.
  SHOWN IN THIS EXHIBIT IS A UNIQUE, VERY HANDSOMELY CUSTOM BOUND BOOK WHICH CONTAINS THE GAMES BOOKLETS OF THE FIRST SEVEN SCOTTISH TOURNAMENTS.
  THE BINDER IS UNKNOWN. THE BOOK WAS SOLD ON AN EBAY AUCTION IN 2009 ALONG WITH SEVERAL OTHER RARE BOOKS FROM THE SAME COLLECTION.
  THIS REMARKABLE BOOK WAS PURCHASED BY JASON YEO, SINGAPORE, AND REMAINS IN HIS PRIVATE COLLECTION, WHERE HE CONSIDERS IT AS ONE OF HIS PRIZED POSSESSIONS. INDEED, THIS BOOK WOULD CERTAINLY ENHANCE ANY LIBRARY IN WHICH IT WOULD BE A PART OF.
SUBMITTED BY J. YEO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 157KL
"PAYNE'S INTRODUCTION TO THE GAME OF DRAUGHTS"

  SHOWN IS A UNIQUE COPY OF THE FIRST BOOK PRINTED IN ENGLISH ON THE GAME OF DRAUGHTS/CHECKERS.

  THIS COPY IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF OMOCH EDITOR KEN LOVELL, WHO ALSO GIVES THE FOLLOWING....  

 "I bought the book in an antiquarian bookshop in London in 1984, and it was described in their catalogue as an original 1756 edition. It corresponds to Abel Parlow’s issue “B”, which contrary to W.T. Call’s claims has come to be generally regarded as the original. I was able to chat to Donald Eddy of Cornell University, a visiting expert on Dr. Johnson. He confirmed this view and gave me a photocopy of a section from Allen T. Hazen's 1937 book, "Samuel Johnson's Prefaces and Dedications", which explains the reasons. Parlow had come to the same conclusion many years ago, and his article from the British Draughts Journal appears under Exhibit 001LS on this website. I referred to Hazen in my book, "Draughts Books of the Twentieth Century".

  Apparently Payne died between 1773 and 1779. My book is signed "The gift of the author to Robert Fellowes", and if this is genuine it means that this couldn't be the later edition, which has been dated nearer to 1800. My copy came from the library at Shotesham Park, Norfolk, which was the home of an old country family with royal connections. The current Robert Fellowes (Baron Fellowes) is the brother-in-law of Princess Diana.

  I’ve recently contacted the bookshop and was told of a newer work: “A Bibliography of the Works of Samuel Johnson: Volume I: 1731-1759”, published at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, in 2000. Composed by the distinguished Johnson scholar, the late J. D. Fleeman of Oxford University, it has been described as “the work of a lifetime” and is regarded as the definitive work on the subject. I was sent a photocopy of the relevant pages, where it is explained that the “B” edition is printed on traditional “laid” paper, whereas the “A” edition is partly printed on “wove” paper, which was not used in England until about 1780. Fleeman has evidence to date the later edition to 1788/9.

(Fleeman’s Volume 1 is available at 272 or about $450.)

  From the above, it seems clear that the “B” edition is indeed the 1756 original."

SUBMITTED BY K. LOVELL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT 136JH
"THIRD AMERICAN TOURNAMENT BOOK SIGNED"
  THE THIRD AMERICAN TOURNAMENT FOR THE CHECKERS PLAYING CHAMPIONSHIP OF AMERICA WAS PLAYED IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ON  JANUARY 11-15, 1915 AND WAS WON BY THE DEFENDING AMERICAN TOURNAMENT CHAMPION HUGH HENDERSON. HENDERSON BECAME THE FIRST TO ACCOMPLISH THE RARE FEAT OF WINNING TWO SUCCESSIVE AMERICAN TOURNAMENTS.
  THE GAMES OF THIS TOURNEY WERE PUBLISHED IN BOOK FORM BY E.H. GREENE AND ANNOTATED BY HARRY LIEBERMAN AND LOUIS GINSBERG, WITH AN ASSIST FROM NEWELL BANKS.
  THE COPY SHOWN WAS PURCHASED ON EBAY FROM A SELLER WHO WROTE ....
  "As for where I obtained it, etc., there really isn't much to say, other than I acquired it with some other books at an auction in the Ocean City, MD area in late July (2010)."
   WHAT MAKES THIS COPY UNIQUE IS THAT THE BOOK CONTAINS THE SIGNATURE OF MR. IRVING CHERNEV.
  CHERNEV WAS A NATIONAL MASTER STRENGTH PLAYER OF THE GAME OF CHESS, BUT IS PROBABLY BETTER KNOWN AS A PROLIFIC AUTHOR OF CHESS BOOKS.
  WHAT MAY NOT BE AS WELL KNOWN IS THAT HE HAD A SHORT CAREER AS CHECKERS PLAYER IN THE 1920'S. IT HAS BEEN WRITTEN THAT HE QUIT THE GAME, AS HE WAS FRUSTRATED WITH HIS INABILITY TO COMPETE WITH THE MASTER PLAYERS IN THE NEW YORK CLUBS (GONOTSKY, GINSBERG, HOPPER, ETC.) DURING THE TIME PERIOD. HE THEN FOCUSED SOLELY ON CHESS, WITH MUCH GREATER SUCCESS.
   MANY YEARS LATER (1981), CHERNEV WOULD WRITE A BOOK ON CHECKERS,"THE COMPLEAT DRAUGHTS PLAYER" OF WHICH AN ORIGINAL COPY IS, IN AND OF ITSELF, SOMEWHAT RARE AND DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN. 
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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EXHIBIT 134MD
"SIGNED CHAMPIONSHIP CHECKERS SIMPLIFIED"
  SHOWN IS THE INSCRIPTION ON A COPY OF CHAMPIONSHIP CHECKERS SIMPLIFIED.
  WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK UNIQUE IS THE FACT THAT IT WAS SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, WILLIAM RYAN, TO MICHAEL (CAROL) DEAN.
  MICHAEL IS THE SON OF MR. STANLEY DEAN, M.D., WHO IS MOST FAMOUS IN CHECKER CIRCLES AS THE AUTHOR OF AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE AMERICAN CHECKERIST, VOL.6, NO.4, APRIL 1950, AND CONCLUDED IN THE FOLLOWING ISSUE.
    FROM MICHAEL...
"My father, Stanley R. Dean was a student of Willie Ryan's. He also wrote an article as a psychiatrist for The American Checkerist. Willie Ryan penned the enclosed inscription in a copy of Championship Checkers Simplified (Kenmore Publishing, 1951) which he gave to me when I was about 10 years old."
SUBMITTED BY M. DEAN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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EXHIBIT 117JH
"WYLLIE-ANDERSON 1847 MATCH MANUSCRIPT"
  EXHIBITED IS A HANDWRITTEN COPY OF THE GAMES FROM THE FINAL MATCH BETWEEN ANDREW ANDERSON, ACCREDITED AS THE FIRST DRAUGHTS/CHECKERS CHAMPION OF THE WORLD, AND JAMES WYLLIE.
 THIS MATCH WAS THE LAST MATCH PLAYED BY ANDERSON, AS HE RETIRED FROM ACTIVE CROSSBOARD PLAY AFTER THIS MATCH, ALTHOUGH HE WOULD CONTINUE HIS INVOLVEMENT IN THE GAME IN OTHER WAYS.
  THE BOOK ITSELF MEASURES 7 1/2 INCHES X 6 INCHES. IT IS A NOTEBOOK WITH STIFF MARBLED BOARD COVERS. IT CONTAINS SEVERAL OTHER MATCHES, ALL SEEMINGLY WRITTEN BY THE SAME PERSON.
  IT APPEARS AS THE BOOK MAY HAVE AT ONE TIME BEEN OWNED BY JULIAN JANVIER, AS THERE ARE SEVERAL CORRECTIONS WRITTEN THROUGHOUT THE BOOK IN PENCIL, WITH THE INITIALS J.D.J.
  FOR OTHER CONSIDERATIONS ON THE HISTORY OF THIS MATCH, AND THIS COPY, PLEASE VISIT THE OMOCH FORUM BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW.....
  IT WAS PURCHASED ON EBAY FROM A SELLER IN MARYSVILLE, PA.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 105AM
"INTRODUCTION TO THE GAME OF DRAUGHTS, B COPY"
   EXHIBITED HERE IS A VERY RARE COPY OF PAYNE'S "INTRODUCTION TO THE GAME OF DRAUGHTS", PUBLISHED IN 1756.
   THIS COPY HAS BEEN GIVEN THE DESIGNATION OF BEING A "B" COPY BY ITS OWNER, ACF PRESIDENT ALAN MILLHONE OF BELPRE, OHIO.
   THERE HAS BEEN MUCH DEBATE, AND MUCH WRITTEN ON THE VARIOUS VERSIONS OF THIS BOOK OVER THE YEARS. (SEE EXHIBIT 001LS "HAND TRACED PAYNE'S GUIDE WATERMARKS" ON PAGE # 1 OF CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS ARTIFACTS)
    THE COPY IN MILLHONE'S COLLECTION WAS PURCHASED FROM ROBERT SHUFFETT, A FELLOW AMERICAN CHECKERIST WHO HAS BEEN A GREAT PATRON TO THE GAME OVER A PERIOD OF MANY YEARS.
   HIS LETTER TO MILLHONE UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT IS INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBIT. IN IT, HE DETAILS SOME OF THE PARTICULARS OF THIS INDIVIDUAL COPY.
   THIS "HOLY GRAIL" OF CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS BOOKS IS BUT ONE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE ITEMS IN THE FABULOUS COLLECTION OF ALAN MILLHONE.
SUBMITTED BY A. MILLHONE
   
 
 
 
 
 
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"MAJOR TACTICS OF CHECKERS BY HOPPER;
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   DURING THE 1930'S, MILLARD HOPPER, AN AMERICAN PLAYER/PROMOTER , WOULD GIVE LESSONS ON PLAYING THE GAME OF CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS VIA BROADCAST OVER PUBLIC RADIO. THESE LESSONS WERE PRESERVED IN PRINT BY HOPPER IN A LIMITED EDITION BOOKLET ENTITLED "MAJOR TACTICS IN CHECKERS". (COVER SHOWN ABOVE)
  THE BOOK CONTAINS INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PLAY, AND ALSO MANY OF HOPPER'S EARLY CROSSBOARD GAMES  AGAINST THE LIKES OF LOUIS GINSBERG, ALF JORDAN AND HARRY LIEBERMAN, ALL GRANDMASTER PLAYERS DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.
  MR. ANDY LANSET, WNYC ARCHIVES DIRECTOR, FOUND THIS COPY AMONG THE ARCHIVES AND DID A FEATURE ON HOPPER IN HIS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER,DATED JULY 10 2009. (SEE THE ARTICLE ,FULLY PRESENTED ,IN THE OMOCH "ARTICLES" PAGE)
  AS A RESULT OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE OMOCH AND MR. LANSET, THE ENTIRE BOOK HAS BEEN PREPARED IN PDF FORMAT, BY CARA McCORMICK, AND IS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT THE LINK PROVIDED BELOW.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A LARGE FILE, IT WILL TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO DOWNLOAD.

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SUBMITTED BY A. LANSET AND C. McCORMICK
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 088BN
"MYSTERIES OF DAMA: SIGNED "
  EXHIBITED IS A COPY OF THE BOOK "MYSTERIES OF DAMA", SECOND EDITION, REVISED.
  THIS COPY IS UNIQUE IN THAT IT WAS SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, JULIUS D'ORIO, IN 1927.
  THE  BOOK IS OWNED BY BOB NEWELL , AND IS ONE THE PRIZED POSSESSIONS IN HIS PERSONAL LIBRARY.
FROM BOB NEWELL...
"The first one (image shown) is the book cover.
  The second one is on the flyleaf and bears the author's signature and greeting to an unknown checkerist of 1927, Ralph Stotsky . You may have some info on him, but I have none at all beyond a mention I found from the Southwestern Jewish Press noting that he was the best man at a Los Angeles wedding in July 1947.  This makes sense, as Julius D'Orio lived in  Southern California.
  The third one is the title page.
  The fourth one is the author's photo as contained in the book.
  The fifth one is the page immediately preceding the text of the book.
  The sixth one is from the very end of the book and is the author's fanciful farewell.  As a native Italian, Mr. D'Orio mastered English very well indeed, but employed it in some rather unusual ways.
  I got the book via Amazon, on-line, from a used book seller in Maine.
  There must be an interesting story about how this book made its way from the Los Angeles area all the way to a small town in Maine, but it's a story which unfortunately we will never hear told.
"
SUBMITTED BY B. NEWELL
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 077DK
"BOLAND'S FAMOUS POSITIONS:SIGNED"
  SHOWN IS A REMARKABLE COPY OF BEN BOLAND'S BOOK, "FAMOUS POSITIONS", 1965 EDITION.
  THIS COPY WAS SIGNED BY BOTH TEAMS OF THE GREAT BRITAIN VS. UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL MATCH, AND BY PATRICIA BREEN AND JOAN CAWS, WHO WERE COMPETING FOR THE WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE SAME TIME.  IT IS ALSO SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, BEN BOLAND.
  THIS VERY INTERESTING COPY OF THIS BOOK IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID KOTIN, CZECH REPUBLIC.
SUBMITTED BY D. KOTIN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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WILLIE RYAN INSCRIBED BOOK
   EXHIBITED HERE IS AN INSCRIBED COPY OF WILLIE RYAN'S "CHAMPIONSHIP CHECKERS SIMPLIFIED".
   THE BOOK  HAS A WRITTEN NOTE TO A WELL KNOWN AMERICAN CHECKERIST, NATE COHEN FROM THE STATE OF MAINE.
   WILLIE RYAN HIMSELF WROTE THIS NOTATION TO MR. COHEN.
    ALSO PRESENT ARE WRITTEN NOTES REGARDING FUTURE OWNERS, DISPLAYING AN  INTERESTING  HISTORY FOR THIS PARTICULAR COPY.
   THIS  BOOK IS FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF DAVID KOTIN, CZECH REPUBLIC.
SUBMITTED BY D. KOTIN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"BARKER'S ALPHABET, BY D.A. LETOURNEAU"

    D.A. LETOURNEAU WAS A VERY FREQUENT CONTRIBUTOR TO ELAM'S CHECKER BOARD AS A COLUMNIST.

    HIS ARTICLES ALWAYS HAD AN HISTORICAL CONTEXT, AND OFTEN A VERY HUMOUROUS FLARE.

   HERE IS HIS OWN, HAND WRITTEN COPY OF THE FAMOUS CHARLES BARKER ALPHABET PROBLEM COLLECTION.

    AS CAN BE SEEN WITH THE FIRST "A" PROBLEM, MR. LETOURNEAU WOULD STAMP A DIAGRAM ONTO A PAGE, DRAW IN THE PIECES, AND THEN WRITE OUT THE TERMS AND SOLUTIONS, ONE TO A PAGE.

   IN THIS MANNER, HE COPIED THE ENTIRE SET OF BARKER'S ALPHABET PROBLEMS.

   BOOK MEASURES 6 INCHES X 3 1/2 INCHES. 

   THIS BOOK WAS PURCHASED FROM THE ESTATE OF EARL HANGEN, IN A LOT WITH SEVERAL OTHER BOOKS. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS BOOK ONCE BELONGED TO PAUL OTTEY, WHO PURCHASED IT FROM ONE OF THE MANY BOOK DEALERS THAT HE DEALT WITH DURING THE 1960'S-70'S.

   THIS UNIQUE BOOK IS NOW IN THE COLLECTION OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA. US.

SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"JAMES J. EARLEY SCRAPBOOK"
   JAMES EARLEY WAS A NOTED PLAYER/PATRON OF THE GAME IN MASSACHUSETTS DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. HE COMPETED IN THE 5TH AMERICAN TOURNEY AT BOSTON IN 1922, WHERE HE IS LISTED AS THE SECRETARY OF THE NEW BEDFORD, MASS. CHECKER CLUB. (SEE TOURNAMENT PHOTO INCLUDED IN EXHIBIT.)
   HIS LIBRARY OF BOOKS HAS BEEN SOLD BOOK BY BOOK ON EBAY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS BY A BOOK DEALER. THESE ARE IDENTIFIABLE BY HIS HANDWRITTEN NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE INSIDE COVER OF ALL OF HIS BOOKS. HE WOULD ALSO METICULOUSLY HAND WRITE, IN PEN ,WITHOUT ERROR, CORRECTIONS WITHIN THE TEXT OF THE GAMES CONTAINED WITHIN HIS BOOKS.
    PURCHASED FROM ONE OF THESE EBAY SALES WAS A SCRAPBOOK OF CLIPPINGS FROM WHAT APPEARS TO BE SEVERAL DIFFERENT NEWSPAPER COLUMNS FROM THE REGION.
   THE BOOK ITSELF IS 14"X11", 60 PAGES BOUND INTO A HARDCOVER.
   THIS IS VOLUME # 2 OF EARLEY'S SCRAPBOOK  COLLECTION , COVERING THE TIME PERIOD OF 1915-1921, A PERIOD OF VERY SPARSE PUBLICATION FOR CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS PERIODICALS.
   THE CURRENT WHEREABOUTS OF THE OTHER VOLUMES OF EARLEY'S SCRAPBOOK COLLECTION ARE UNKNOWN.
   A NOTICE IN THE NOVEMBER 1955 ISSUE OF ELAM'S CHECKER BOARD STATED THAT JAMES EARLEY OF MASSUCHUSETTS PASSED AWAY, BUT GAVE NO DETAILS.
    FROM THE COLLECTION OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA. US
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"COMPLETE CHURCHILL'S COMPILATIONS"
  PICTURED IS FORMER ACF MAIL PLAY DIRECTOR EARL HANGEN'S COMPLETELY CORRECTED, CROSS INDEXED AND TRANSPOSED SET OF CHURCHILL'S COMPILATIONS.
   THIS SET IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST COMPLETE IN EXISTENCE, SINCE, WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF COMPUTERS AND PROGRAMS INTO THE GAME, MOST ABANDONED THEIR CC.
   EARL HANGEN , WHO NEVER OWNED A COMPUTER, CONTINUED UP UNTIL VERY RECENTLY TO ADD TO HIS SET OF CC.
   THIS SET IS CURRENTLY IN THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 027JH
"CUSTOM BOUND COMPLETE THE DRAUGHTS WORLD"
   PICTURED IS A COMPLETE SET OF THE DRAUGHTS WORLD VOLUMES 1-41.
    THIS SET WAS CUSTOM BOUND BY L. A. STEFFENS, (NAME EMBOSSED ON COVER OF EACH VOLUME) A CHECKERIST WHO CONTRIBUTED TO SEVERAL MAGAZINES AND WAS AN AVID MAIL PLAYER. HE PASSED AWAY ON APRIL 4, 1971. 
   THE SET WAS THEN PURCHASED FOR RESALE BY TOM WISWELL, AND WAS THEN SOLD IN 1980 TO EARL HANGEN.
  THE DRAUGHTS WORLD, WHICH MANY CONSIDER THE BEST PRODUCED DRAUGHTS PERIODICAL EVER, WAS FIRST RELEASED WITH THE SEPTEMBER 3RD, 1892 ISSUE. IT WAS INITIALLY PUBLISHED WEEKLY, AND LATER WENT TO A MONTHLY SCHEDULE. IT'S FINAL RELEASE WAS THE JUNE 1913 EDITION. PUBLISHED BY A. BRYSON & CO. AND EDITED BY WILLIAM CAMPBELL.
   INCREDIBLY, THIS PARTICULAR SET OF BOOKS WAS DISCARDED AS WORTHLESS BY THE AUCTIONEER WHO PREPARED THE ESTATE OF EARL HANGEN FOR PUBLIC SALE. CURRENTLY, THIS SET OF BOOKS RESIDES IN THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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EXHIBIT 028JH
"BOUND BRITISH DRAUGHTS JOURNAL, SIGNED"
  PICTURED IS A BOUND SET OF THE BRITISH DRAUGHTS JOURNAL. VOL.1 1952-53, VOL.2 1954-55, VOL.3 1956-58.
  WHAT MAKES THIS SET UNIQUE AND HISTORICAL IS THE FOUR PAGES OF SIGNATURES CONTAINED WITHIN THE  PAGES OF VOL 1.
AS SUGGESTED BY LIAM STEPHENS, THIS SET PROBABLY BELONGED TO N.T. BYARS, AS HE WAS THE FIRST TO SIGN IT.
  JUDGING BY THE POEM HE WROTE, AND THE NAMES OF THE OTHERS WHO SIGNED, THIS WAS PASSED AROUND AT THE ELEVENTH BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT WHICH STARTED ON JUNE 7TH , 1954 AT WHITLEY  BAY, AND WHICH WAS WON BY JAMES MARSHALL. 
  THIS SET OF BOOKS IS FROM THE LIBRARY OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA. USA
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 038LS
"THE LAST BATTLE BETWEEN WYLLIE AND MARTINS"
  THIS COPY OF "THE LAST BATTLE" WAS AWARDED TO A  WELL KNOWN PERSONALITY OF THE LATE 1890'S ERA, PETER THIRKELL , AS A THIRD PLACE PRIZE FOR ANALYSIS HE SUBMITTED TO THE DRAUGHTS WORLD IN 1898. NOTE THE STAMP AND REFERENCE TO THE DRAUGHTS WORLD AT THE TOP OF THE INSIDE FIRST PAGE.
  APPARENTLY, THE BOOK WAS LATER REBOUND WITH A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT COVER OF ANOTHER BOOK TITLED "LAYS OF FAITH AND LOVE" by T. TODD-POTTS.
A GOOGLE SEARCH REVEALED THAT THIS WAS A BOOK OF POEMS ISSUED AROUND 1910.  IT HAD NO CONNECTION WITH DRAUGHTS. 
   THIS UNIQUE BOOK IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 

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