September 1, 1922

On September 1, 1922, a new law went into effect in New York City. It required all ‘pool’ rooms to change their names to ‘billiard’ rooms or halls. Why? Because some now unknown alderman didn’t think the word pool was hoity-toity enough. They thought that if by changing the name to billiard, the undesirables playing pool would just stop gambling. This was 1922 ‘Murica. They were going to play pool and drink beer. Wow, sounds a lot like 2020 ‘Murica.

Does that mean that “pool boys” should now be referred to as “billiard boys”? Asking for a friend... and his wife. Go ahead and Share Twisted-History. My friend likes to watch.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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