Thursday, November 29, 2007

Billiard players on stamps

Don't see too many stamps honoring billiard players but Belgium has issued an interesting minature sheet of nine stamps that feature their national billiard champions from the turn of the century through the 1930s.

Shown on the stamps are;

1905: J. Van Duppen

1907: A. Colette

1909: P. Sels

1923: Théo Moons

1930: V. Luypaerts

1930: Gustaaf Van Belle

1933: Gaston De Doncker

1935: René Gabriëls

1939: René Vingerhoedt

What's the difference between pool and billiards you ask?

According to Deadeye on the website, "Billiards is pool without pockets, usually the cloth on a billiards table is much faster. The object in billiards(3 cushion billiards)is to hit the object ball then go three rails and hit the other ball, or hit 3 rails and hit both object balls with the cue ball. These are called "caroms". A regulation pool table is 4 1/2 X 9 the same as a billiard table. so the difference isnt the size of the table, they're just 2 different games"
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM