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EXHIBIT 199AR
"1933 KANSAS FREE FAIR TOURNAMENT TROPHY"
   SHOWN IS THE TROPHY AWARDED TO JAMES KNIGHTON AT THE KANSAS FREE FAIR TOURNAMENT IN TOPEKA, KANSAS, IN 1933.
  THE INTITIAL KANSAS FREE FAIR TOURNAMENT WAS HELD IN 1925, WITH GRANDMASTER HARRY LIEBERMAN, WHO WAS LIVING IN PARSONS AT THAT TIME, THE WINNER. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE REGARDING LIEBERMAN'S ENTRY. (SEE AMERICAN CHECKER MONTHLY ARTICLE)
  THE KFFT WOULD GO ON TO BECOME ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL OF TOURNAMENTS DUE TO THE VERY GENEROUS PRIZE FUND, WHICH MATCHED THE PRIZE FUNDS OF THE REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS AT THAT TIME. IT RAN TO AT LEAST 1938.
  MANSON TEETZEL, WHO SERVED AS AN OFFICIAL IN THE FIRST FIVE TOURNAMENTS, GAVE EXTENSIVE PROMOTION AND COVERAGE IN HIS AMERICAN CHECKER MONTHLY MAGAZINE.   
  THIS TROPHY WAS AWARDED AT THE 1933 TOURNAMENT TO JAMES KNIGHTON. A SEARCH OF THE AVAILABLE LITERATURE OF THE DAY TURNS UP NO INFORMATION ON MR. KNIGHTON. 
  THE TROPHY ITSELF HAS A REMARKABLE STORY.
FROM MS. ANNE RUHR......

   "I graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia. I obtained this trophy the day I was walking down Orr Street in Columbia and saw a male friend going through a dumpster that a storage company typically used to throw out items from a non-paying tenant. My friend stood in the dumpster, spied me walking and said "Hey! Do you want this?" I said, "What do you have?" He held up the trophy and I said, "Absolutely." He threw it at me and I caught it and saved it for about 15 years."

  MS. RUHR HAS GRANTED PERMISSION TO DISPLAY THIS PIECE OF THE GAME'S HISTORY HERE ON THE OMOCH SITE.

SUBMITTED BY A. RUHR 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 137JH
"ACF MASTER POINT CERTIFICATE"
  EXHIBITED IS AN UNUSED "MASTER POINT CERTIFICATE", WHICH WERE AT ONE TIME ISSUED BY THE OFFICIALS AT AMERICAN CHECKER FEDERATION SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS.
  THIS PRACTICE, ALTHOUGH APPRECIATED BY THE TOURNAMENT PLAYERS, NEVER QUITE CAUGHT ON WITH ORGANIZERS AND PROMOTERS, AND WAS SOON ABANDONED.
  THE ACTUAL CARD MEASURES  THREE INCHES BY FIVE INCHES.
  THE EXAMPLE SHOWN WAS CONTAINED WITHIN A LOT OF CHECKERS RELATED ITEMS SOLD AT THE PUBLIC AUCTION OF THE ESTATE OF FORMER AMERICAN CHECKER FEDERATION MAIL PLAY DIRECTOR EARL HANGEN, WHERE IT WAS PURCHASED BY JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 132BC
"SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP CUP"
  SHOWN IS THE CHAMPIONSHIP CUP AWARDED TO THE WINNER OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT FOR THE COUNTRY OF SCOTLAND.
  THIS CUP WAS AT ONE TIME THE ABSOLUTE MOST COVETED TROPHY ONE COULD HOPE TO OBTAIN IN CROSSBOARD CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS WORLDWIDE.
   THE FIRST TO WIN THE TITLE OF SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPION WAS WILLIAM BRYDEN IN 1893, WHEN JAMES FERRIE AGREED TO RELINQUISH HIS TITLE OF SCOTTISH CHAMPION, WHICH HE WON IN MATCH PLAY, IN ORDER TO HELP PROMOTE THE TOURNAMENT. 
   SOME OF THE GREATEST NAMES TO EVER COMPETE IN CROSSBOARD PLAY HAVE WON THIS TOURNAMENT, AND ARE INSCRIBED ON THE TROPHY ITSELF.
   THE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY MR. BERNARD COLL.
    FROM BERNARD....
" I was over in Scotland last weekend playing in the John Napier (which I managed to win). While over I got some photographs of the Scottish cup.   Cup is actually quite small, so detail of names, etc. will be pretty obscure".
SUBMITTED BY B. COLL
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
  
  
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EXHIBIT 128MJE
"MONTREAL CHECKER CLUB TROPHY"
   SHOWN IS A SILVER PLATED TROPHY CUP, WHICH WAS PRESENTED TO THE MONTREAL CHECKER CLUB BY MR. H.C. McCALLUM IN 1899.
  THE TROPHY WAS PURCHASED AT THE ESTATE SALE OF A PROMINENT MONTREAL FAMILY BY MARY JANE ENROS, WHO HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF ANY FAMILY CONNECTION TO THE GAME.
   FROM MARY.....
"This trophy was made by Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co. and is quadruple plated. The piece measures 8 7/8" in height with a top diameter of 3 7/8" - it weighs 1 lb and 1 oz. It is in very good condition with no denting or wear - this has been very well preserved over the years."
  AFTER BEING CONTACTED BY THE OMOCH, MARY
HAS GRACIOUSLY GRANTED PERMISSION TO EXHIBIT THIS TROPHY.
 THIS REMARKABLE PIECE WAS SOLD ON EBAY TO AN UNDISCLOSED BIDDER IN 2010.
SUBMITTED BY M.J. ENROS
*EDITOR'S NOTE,
IF ANY VIEWERS HAVE ANY INFO ON THE MONTREAL CLUB, OR ON MR. McCALLUM, PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE WILL UPDATE THE EXHIBIT.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 121LS
"1949 ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEY FLYER"
  SHOWN IS AN INVITATION TO THE  ENGLISH DRAUGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT OF 1949, HELD IN LONDON, ENGLAND.
   THE TOURNAMENT, AND TITLE OF ENGLISH CHAMPION, 
WAS WON BY JACK THORPE, WHO DEFEATED PERCY CRABBE IN THE FINALS.
   THIS FLYER IS ONE OF MANY IN THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 116AM
"ACCESSORIES; BLAIR'S SINGLE DRAW 3-MOVE CARDS"
   SHOWN IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF BLAIR'S "SINGLE DRAW" 3-MOVE CARDS, COPYRIGHT 1939  BY L.G. BLAIR, CINCINNATI, OH.
  THIS VERY PRACTICAL SET INCLUDED CLASSIC PROBLEMS ON THE CARDS, AS CAN BE SEEN IN THE IMAGE.
  THE CARDS, ALONG WITH A LEATHER CARRYING CASE, WERE SOLD ON EBAY SEVERAL YEARS BACK , WHERE THEY WERE PURCHASED BY ACF PRESIDENT ALAN MILLHONE, BELPRE, OH.
SUBMITTED BY A. MILLHONE  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 098JH
"SAITEK POCKET CHECKERS"
  MANUFACTURED IN 1988, THE SAITEK POCKET CHECKERS IS ONE OF THE EARLIEST EXAMPLES OF A HAND HELD CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS ELECTRONIC COMPUTER GAME.
  IT MEASURED 6 1/2 INCHES BY 4 1/2 INCHES, AND WAS 3/8 INCHES THICK.
  IT OFFERED EIGHT LEVELS OF STRENGTH, THE STRONGEST OF WHICH WAS ABOUT EQUAL TO THE CHECKER CHALLENGER COMPUTER, A POPULAR ELECTRONIC CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS COMPUTER GAME (ALTHOUGH NOT A HAND HELD) PRODUCED TEN YEARS BEFORE.
  THE EXAMPLE SHOWN WAS PURCHASED FOR $39.99  ( A RATHER STEEP AMOUNT AT THE TIME) BY JAY HINNERSHITZ AT A RADIO SHACK STORE IN 1988, AND IS STILL IN EXCELLENT FUNCTIONING CONDITION.
SUBMITTIED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 087JH
"RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN CHAMPIONSHIP 
RESIGNATION LETTER"
 SHOWN IS A COPY OF THE LETTER OF RESIGNATION OF THE WORLD MAIL PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP, HELD BY RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN OF AUSTRALIA.
 HE WAS TO BE CHALLENGED BY JACK JOHNSON OF CANADA FOR MAIL PLAY'S HIGHEST HONOR, BUT DECIDED TO RESIGN FOR REASONS LISTED IN THE LETTER.
 THE COPY EXHIBITED, WHICH WAS SENT TO EARL HANGEN (WHO ORGANIZED THE WORLD MAIL PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNEYS) IS A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL, WHICH JOHNSON KEPT HIMSELF.
 ALSO INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBIT IS THE LETTER JOHNSON SENT TO HANGEN.
 AS A RESULT OF THIS RESIGNATION, JACK JOHNSON WAS AWARDED THE WORLD MAIL PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP, ALSO  KNOWN AS THE WORLD CORRESPONDENCE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP.
 THIS IMPORTANT ARTIFACT FROM THE GAMES HISTORY WAS SAVED FROM BEING DISCARDED BY THE AUCTIONEER OF THE EARL HANGEN ESTATE BY JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA., USA.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 084JH
"ACCESSORIES; DIAGRAM BOOKS"
  SHOWN ARE EXAMPLES OF AN ACCESSORY THAT WAS, IN THE PAST, A PART OF EVERY STUDENTS LIBRARY...."DIAGRAM BOOKS".
  THE ONES SHOWN HERE WERE SUPPLIED BY GORDON HESTER, WHO NOT ONLY SUPPLIED ACCESSORIES SUCH AS THESE, BUT WAS ALSO A BOOK PUBLISHER/AUTHOR ON THE GAME IN THE 1950-60'S ERA.
  THESE COULD BE USED TO KEEP DIAGRAMS OF CRITICAL POSITIONS FROM A PLAYERS OWN PERSONAL GAMES.
  THESE EXAMPLES MANAGED TO REMAIN UNUSED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS AFTER BEING PURCHASED FROM HESTER BY PAUL OTTEY, WHO THEN GAVE THEM TO EARL HANGEN. THEY WERE THEN PACKED AWAY UNTIL THEY WERE SOLD AT THE HANGEN ESTATE SALE, WHERE THEY WERE PURCHASED ALONG WITH A LOT THAT CONTAINED MANY OTHER ITEMS, BY JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA. USA.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 078LS
"HOME INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT SHIELD"
   SHOWN HERE IS A BEAUTIFUL AWARD GIVEN TO THE WINNING TEAM OF THE HOME INTERNATIONAL TEAM TOURNAMENT IN 1980 .
   THIS, THE INITIAL YEAR OF THIS TOURNAMENT, WAS WON BY THE TEAM FROM THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.
    THE SHIELD ITSELF MEASURES 11 INCHES IN DIAMETER.
    IT WAS PROVIDED COURTESY OF MR. FRANK MORAN, WHO HAD THEM SPECIALLY MANUFACTURED FOR THE WINNERS OF THE TOURNAMENT.
  THE NATIONAL EMBLEM OF EACH PARTICIPATING COUNTRY ENTERED IN THE TOURNEMANT IS SHOWN WITHIN THE PATTERNS ON THE SHIELD.
   THE EXAMPLE SHOWN IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF OMOCH EDITOR LIAM STEPHENS, WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE WINNING TEAM.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 001LS
"HAND TRACED PAYNE'S GUIDE WATERMARKS"
PICTURED ARE HAND TRACED PAPER WATERMARKS , TRACED DIRECTLY FROM  THE FIRST TWO PRINTINGS OF PAYNE'S GUIDE.
FROM LIAM STEPHENS "I have in my possession a letter, dated 29 Jan 1953, from W. G. Parker, the editor of the BDJ, to Mr. Parlow enclosing a typewritten draft of Parlow’s article with a number of suggested amendments to the text included.

This amended copy is almost identical to the final printed version of the article appearing in the BDJ.

From the contents of Mr. Parker’s letter it appears the hand traced copies of the watermarks were provided by him, for Mr Parlow’s use.

I wonder if modern day dating techniques could establish, conclusively, which of the two versions of the book was the original?"

THIS UNIQUE CHECKERS ARTIFACT IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.

SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT 002JH
"INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DRAUGHTS 2003 PAMPHLET"
   A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED PROMOTIONAL PAMPHLET 
FOR THE IFOD, OCTOBER 13-31, 2003,
HELD IN COOKSTOWN, NORTHERN IRELAND. 
  FEATURING TWO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES,
THE ALL- IRELAND INTER-COUNTIES TEAMS CHAMPIONSHIP,           AND THE ALL- IRELAND OPEN DRAUGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP.
  ALEX MOISEYEV DEFEATED RON "SUKI" KING IN THEIR MATCH 8-2-25 TO BECOME THE THREE MOVE WORLD  CHAMPION.
PATRICIA BREEN DEFEATED JAN MORTIMER 5-1-10, RETAINING HER WOMAN'S THREE MOVE WORLD TITLE. AND, IN THE IRISH OPEN,
   THE FIRST THREE FINISHERS WERE RON "SUKI" KING, JACK FRANCIS, AND MUSTAFA DURDYEV.
  A MOST REMARKABLE INTERNATIONAL EVENT. 
  THE EXAMPLE SHOWN IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA. US
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 003LS
"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD :JAMES WYLLIE PAMPHLET"
  ABOVE IS PICTURED ONE OF ABEL PARLOW'S FAMOUS CHRISTMAS CARDS AND IS DATED CHRISTMAS 1956. THIS ONE IS A PAMPHLET DETAILING THE EARLY EXPLOITS OF THE "HERD LADDIE",  JAMES WYLLIE.
  THERE IS A RECENT ARTICLE ABOUT WYLLIE , THAT MAY BE FOUND IN THE EDA JOURNAL FOR MARCH 2007, ISSUE 174,
OR ON THE LINK BELOW.
CLICK THE ARTICLES LINK
"FOUND AT LAST - WYLLIE'S BIRTHDAY "
by CHRIS REEKIE
THIS IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 004LS
"ORIGINAL LESLIE BOYD GRAPHICS"
LESLIE BOYD (1923 -1990)
  LESLIE WAS A GIFTED CARTOONIST AND ANIMATOR IN HIS PROFESSIONAL LIFE.
  HE BROUGHT AN ARTISTIC TOUCH BOTH TO HIS STYLE OF PLAY AND HIS WORK   AS EDITOR OF THE ENGLISH DRAUGHTS JOURNAL WHICH HE EDITED FROM 1980 TO 1984.
THIS IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 005LS
"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD :
MEN PLAYING DRAUGHTS"
  ABEL PARLOW WAS A MEMBER OF THE FAMED CLAPHAM COMMON DRAUGHTS CLUB AND A WELL KNOWN PATRON OF THE GAME IN LONDON.
   HE OWNED ONE OF THE MOST EXTENSIVE LIBRARIES OF DRAUGHTS LITERATURE EXISTING AT THE TIME (THE 1950'S) IN THE UK.
  HIS LIBRARY WAS LATER SOLD TO IRVING D. WINDT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH LATER BECAME A PART OF DON DEWEBER'S "CHECKER BOOK WORLD" COLLECTION .
   THE WOODEN BLOCKS FROM WHICH THESE CHRISTMAS CARDS WERE PRINTED ARE NOW PART OF DON DEWEBER'S "WORLD OF CHECKERS" MUSEUM .
THE PROBLEM SETTING IS BY
C.J. GREENSWORD

B - 3, 6, K: 17, 28 AND 32.

W - 8, 23, 27, K: 11, 12 AND 15.

WHITE TO MOVE AND WIN.

FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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EXHIBIT 006JH
"DRAUGHTS WORLD LEAFLET: THE DEATH OF ROBERT MARTINS"
    FROM THE AUGUST 1904 EDITION OF DRAUGHTS WORLD,(NOTE DATE STAMP AT TOP RIGHT) AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE DEATH OF THE LEGENDARY FORMER WORLD CHAMPION ,ROBERT MARTINS.
    AS HIS PASSING OCCURED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ISSUE WAS PRINTED, THE LEAFLET WAS INSERTED LOOSE, AS THE NEWS WAS JUST TOO IMPORTANT TO THE PLAYING FRATERNITY TO POSTPONE UNTIL THE NEXT MONTH. AS A RESULT OF THIS BEING LOOSELY INSERTED, THESE WERE VERY EASILY LOST.
   WITH THE PASSING OF MARTINS, ONLY A FEW YEARS AFTER THE PASSING OF HIS GREAT CONTEMPORARY WYLLIE, AN ERA IN CHECKERS HISTORY ENDED.
FROM THE COLLECTION OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING,PA. USA
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 007JH
"THE LAST MOVE PRINT"
  PICTURED IS THE NORMAN ROCKWELL PRINT "THE LAST MOVE" FROM THE OLD SPORTS SERIES. THE PRINT ITSELF MEASURES 16 INCHES BY TWELVE INCHES. THE  IMAGE ITSELF IS ACTUALLY EMBOSSED, WHICH CREATES SOMEWHAT OF A 3D EFFECT, VERY VISUALLY APPEALING.
  THIS FINE EXAMPLE WAS A GIFT FROM DON "MR. CHECKERS" DEWEBER TO JAY HINNERSHITZ.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 008JH
"WOOD'S LADDER RECORDS"
  WITHIN THE PAGES OF THESE BINDERS ARE THE RECORDS OF  WOOD'S LADDER FROM 1979 UNTIL 2005.
   WOOD'S LADDER WAS THE LONGEST RUNNING MAIL PLAY CHECKERS LADDER IN THE GAMES HISTORY. IT WAS STARTED BY, AND GOT ITS NAME FROM, REX B. WOOD, IN THE MID 1930'S. THE LADDER BECAME A PART OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT PERIODICALS BEFORE FINALLY SETTLING IN ON THE PAGES OF THE AMERICAN CHECKER FEDERATION BULLETIN.
  WHAT IS REPRESENTED HERE ARE THE RECORDS FROM EARL HANGEN'S TENURE AS THE DIRECTOR.
  FOR OVER TWENTY FIVE YEARS , EARL RAN THE LADDER VERY TIGHTLY, AND KEPT THE MOST DETAILED RECORDS POSSIBLE. AS OF 2002, EARL HAD CREATED OVER 2100 MATCHES ON THE LADDER.   
   ALL OF THE GAME SHEETS THEMSELVES WERE SENT TO WHOEVER WAS THE ACF GAMES EDITOR AT THE TIME, BUT THE REST OF THE LADDER RECORDS ARE PRESERVED HERE.  
   FROM JAY HINNERSHITZ "I know Earl considered his role as ACF Mail Play Director more important, .....but he was much prouder of his work on Wood's Ladder, and his "Wood's Ladder Report", which he would send to members."
  IN THE EARLY 1990'S, MANY OF THE MASTER MAIL PLAYERS BEGAN TO LOSE INTEREST IN MAIL PLAY, DUE TO THE BELIEF THAT THEY WERE PLAYING AGAINST COMPUTERS, WHICH HAD AT THAT POINT BECOME MUCH MORE AFFORDABLE TO THE AVERAGE PLAYER.
  SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE INTERNET BECAME ACCESSIBLE TO PLAYERS, AND GAMES COULD BE PLAYED ELECTRONICALLY, IN REAL TIME, OR VIA E-MAIL.
  FINALLY, WHEN EARL HANGEN'S HEALTH BEGAN TO FAIL AND HE COULD NO LONGER PROCEED AS DIRECTOR, THE LADDER ENDED ITS ALMOST SEVENTY YEAR HISTORY IN 2005.
  PERHAPS, IN THE FUTURE, THE LADDER WILL ONE DAY RISE AGAIN IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER, AND WOOD'S NUMBER ONE RUNG WILL ONCE AGAIN BECOME ONE OF THE MOST COVETED POSSESSIONS IN CHECKERS.
  HOWEVER, THE LONGER THE SILENCE, THE MORE THE CHANCE OF WOOD'S LADDER BECOMING A PART OF THE DISTANT PAST, EXISTING ONLY WITHIN THE MEMORIES OF THE PLAYERS WHO AT ONE TIME CLIMBED THE LADDER, AND, LATER ,AS JUST A FADED PART OF THE GAME'S ANCIENT HISTORY.
  THESE RECORDS ARE CURRENTLY IN THE POSSESION OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 009LS
"CAN YOU LOSE ? LESLIE BOYD CLUB SIGN"
  A GENUINE CHECKERS PROBLEM, PAINTED ONTO CARDBOARD BY LESLIE BOYD.
   THIS SIGN WAS STORED  WITH THE DRAUGHTS EQUIPTMENT (BOARDS AND PIECES) AT THE ST. BRIDE INSTITUTE IN LONDON, THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE LONDON DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION FOR MANY YEARS .
  WHENEVER THERE WAS A  MAJOR EVENT, IT WOULD BE PUT ON SHOW TO AMUSE THE SPECTATORS.
   THIS VERY UNIQUE PIECE OF DRAUGHTS HISTORY IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 

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