Originally Posted by RoadHustler
So I finally got a reasonably priced copy of Billiards As it should be Played by Willie Hoppe printed in 1941. I payed 30 bucks on ebay and it was totally worth it. What immediately struck me was his cue it is slightly different than any of the Brunswick Titlist Hoppe cues I have seen. I figured you folks would enjoy the photos.
Another reason this cue doesn't look like a "Titlist Hoppe" is that there may have been no such thing as a Titlist at the time. Brunswick's 4 point 4 veneer cue may have still been known as the Carom King at the time this picture was taken.
The model 26.5 changed names to the Carom King in '39 and lasted for only a couple of years. I don't know the exact year the Titlist was introduced, but I believe it was '41 or '42. In either event, it looks like that cue Willie Hoppe is holding in the photo doesn't have veneers, so it's a different model cue all together.
BTW, I have a pristine copy of this book that I bought off of e-bay for a whopping $8!