A good game of dominoes was once as popular as our video games today [old photographs]

(Before we had television and video games to fill our time, domino games was a popular past time among men and boys of all ages, nationalities and economic situations throughout America as can be seen by the following photographs from the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.)

The earliest mention of the game of dominoes is from the Song Dynasty in China. It was found in the text Former Events in Wulin.1 The game made its way to Europe by the 18th century and is popular around the world today.

Playing dominoes or cards in front of drug store in center of town in Mississippi Delta, Mississippi Oct. 1939 photographer Marion Post Wolcott

Playing dominoes or cards in front of drug store in center of town in Mississippi Delta, Mississippi Oct. 1939 photographer Marion Post Wolcott

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Playing dominoes in the slum area known as “El Machuelitto” in Ponce, Puerto Rico photographer Jack Delano Dec. 1941Playing dominoes in the slum area known as El Machuelitto in Ponce, Puerto Rico - Delano Dec. 1941

 

Vaughn, New Mexico. Railroad men playing dominoes in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad yard reading room – photographer Jack Delano March 1943Vaughn, New Mexico. Railroad men playing dominoes in the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad yard reading room - Jack Dalano 1943

 

French village, a small settlement on Saint Thomas Island, Virgin Islands. Boys playing dominoes in one of the houses photographer Jack Delano, Dec. 1941French village, a small settlement on Saint Thomas Island, Virgin Islands. Boys playing dominoes in one of the houses Jack delano, Dec. 1941

 

Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas Island, Virgin Islands. Playing dominoes in a small candy store photographer Jack Delano Dec. 1941Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas Island, Virgin Islands. Playing dominoes in a small candy store Jack Delano Dec. 1941

San Augustine, Texas. Justice of the Peace, R.L. Armstrong and night marshall Jeff Davis playing dominoes in a courthouse office photographer John Vachon April 1943San Augustine, Texas. Justice of the Peace, R.L. Armstrong and night marshall Jeff Davis playing dominoes in a courthouse office John Vachon April 1943

San Augustine, Texas. Lud Behnholder, filling station operator, watching night marshall Jeff Davis and the Justice of the Peace H.L. Armstrong in a domino game John Vachon April 1943

Domino game on Saturday night. Community center. Robstown camp, Texas Arthur Rothstein Jan 1942Domino game on Saturday night. Community center. Robstown camp, Texas Arthur Rothstein Jan 1942

Domino players. Seminole oil field, Oklahoma Aug. 1939 photographer Russell LeeDomino players. Seminole oil field, Oklahoma Aug. 1939 Russell Lee

Domino players. Seminole oil field, Oklahoma2 Aug. 1939 Russell Lee

Tulare County, California. FSA (Farm Security Administration) farm workers’ camp. Girl Scout learning camp. Domino game Feb. 1942 Russell LeeTulare County, California. FSA (Farm Security Administration) farm workers' camp. Girl Scout learning camp. Domino game FEb. 1942 Russell Lee

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Tulare County, California. FSA (Farm Security Administration) farm workers’ camp. Domino game Feb. 1942 Russell LeeTulare County, California. FSA (Farm Security Administration) farm workers' camp. Domino game Feb. 1942 Russell Lee

London, England. Lieutenant Samuel Levin, left, of New York City, and Lieutenant Fred O. Wickham, of Jefferson City Missouri, playing a game of dominoes ca. 1940’s

London, England. Lieutenant Samuel Levin, left, of New York City, and Lieutenant Fred O. Wickham, of Jefferson City Missouri, playing a game of dominos

A game of dominos in the workers’ quarter of Puerto De Tierra. San Juan, Puerto Rico – photographer Edwin Rosskarn January 1938A game of dominos in the workers' quarter of Puerto De Tierra. San Juan, Puerto Rico Edwin Rosskarn January 1938

Domino game in beer parlor, Sebastian, Texas Feb. 1939 – photographer Russell LeeDomino game in beer parlor. Sebastian, Texas3 Feb. 1939 - Russell Lee

Domino game in beer parlor. Sebastian, Texas2 Feb. 1939 - Russell Lee

Domino game in beer parlor. Sebastian, Texas Feb. 1939 - Russell Lee

As soon as the market closes members of the cotton exchange very often start a card or domino game. Memphis, Tennessee – photographer Marion Post Wolcott Nov. 1939As soon as the market closes members of the cotton exchange very often start a card or domino game. Memphis, Tennessee Marion Post Wolcott Nov. 1939

Dallas, Texas. Press operators on the Dallas Morning News playing dominos while waiting for the forms to come down from the composing room John Vachon April 1943Dallas, Texas. Press operators on the Dallas Morning News playing dominos while waiting for the forms to come down from the composing room2 John Vachon April 1943

Dallas, Texas. Press operators on the Dallas Morning News playing dominos while waiting for the forms to come down from the composing room John Vachon April 1943

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

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RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
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Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
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