This early variety of bouncy ball was developed to imitate the numbering and coloring of billiards balls used in the Pocket Billiards games, 8 Ball and 9 Ball. The numbering is typically achieved by glueing a circular number plate to a solid or stripped ball of the relevant color as dictated by the rules of billiards. Occasionally (as seen at left) the numbering will be printed or dyed in the cast when the ball is molded.
Photo Courtesy of Lenore M. Edman
by Henry J. Simonds
This specimen box was the first created in the series, Requiem for the Super Ball®.
Constructed from an old dresser, green felt, and vintage bouncy balls.
Photo Courtesy of Steve Smith