Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hypersphaera billiardus

Hypersphaera billiardus
Pocket Billiards Ball Superball

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

Hypersphaerae billiardus
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
© 2011

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