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24 Jul 2017

The Development Of The Pool Table Through The Years


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Posted By Suzanne L.

The interesting history of the pool table as a recreational tool and a way to engage in no small amount of gambling activities is well-known through the years. Known more formally as a billiards table, it is a surface upon which many billiards-type games are played. These games are also known more formally as cue sports. Nowadays, they have flat surfaces and they're usually made of slate.

Most standard pool tables feature wooden rails and rubber cushions covered by that cloth, though it isn't actually felt as many might assume. Standard tables also feature a number of pockets in which billiards balls are struck on a billiards table by a cue ball and cue stick that strikes the cue ball. They first appeared in mid-15th century France. Back then, they were called billiards boards.

Back then, it was nothing more than a section of the lawn that had been placed onto any large available table. Over time, the table soon became bounded by rails and covered with cloth made specifically for a billiards table. As the table and the games played on it became more popular, wooden rails covered by layered felt also were developed.

By the'40s, most such tables at taken on their current form in one shape or another. They were now made of slate and the rails on the sides were cushioned, but the whole table covered in some sort of billiards cloths. The cushioning was not completely popular until'43 when rubber production techniques have improved to the point where the elasticity of the rubber could be guaranteed.

Since the mid-19th century pool tables have been manufactured on an ongoing and consistent basis around the country with the first pool table maker making its appearance in'45. By the late'00s, San Francisco had become a popular manufacturing hub for the area with a number of makers turning out product for use in all parts of the country.

Generally speaking, almost every pool table shares characteristics with every other pool table. They are always covered with some sort of cloth and their surfaces are generally made of something hard such as Slate. Additionally, they will have rubber cushions (also covered in the same billiards cloths) and all will also feature a number of pockets where billiards balls end up.

There is no standard size for a pool table and the size most often depends upon the dimensions of the area into which the table can be placed. There are classic sizes for different sorts of cue-type games played on these tables with the most common size being known as the "snooker table." It will have six pockets and be anywhere from 9 1/2 feet in length up to 12 feet in length.


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