Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Vintage 1938 AUTOBRIDGE JUNIOR Perfect Bridge Teacher!

Vintage 1938 AUTOBRIDGE JUNIOR Perfect Bridge Teacher! - eBay (item 310016991964 end time Jan-29-08 20:37:54 PST)

This vintage box contains a masonite board with metal sliders that hide or reveal numbers, symbols and moves for playing bridge. Inside the lid is the envelope the playing sheets came in. It says there are two classes, a series for beginners and one for advanced players. This set is marked ©1938 by Autobridge, Inc.

One of the creators of this system, Ely Culbertson, says:
If I were learning to play Contract Bridge all over again, I would use AUTOBRIDGE and save both time and temper. AUTOBRIDGE not only teaches (in no time) the fundamental principles of good bidding and play, but, through actual practice, makes a real expert out of any player.

For a thrilling Bridge game in which every hand is packed with drama, the AUTOBRIDGE Advanced Deals cannot be beat. They will put you on your mettle and teach you the fine points of advanced play.

And don't forget--the Instruction Series in not only for beginners and average players but is indispensable for all. The lack of knowledge of fundamentals is the one barrier standing between an advanced and a masterly game.
There are eight sheets included with a different game on each side. A four-page leaflet explains the sample games. A twelve-page booklet accompanies this set of deal sheets which is Group 5. It urges you to order Group 6 to finish the course. There are two order forms, but don't try to order. The address is so old there's no zip code.

Group 5 focuses on:
  • Rebids. (Note: This is probably the most important phase of bidding.)
  • How to rebid after a rebid after a Raise: after a Takeout.
  • Rebidding first suit.
  • Bidding a new suit.
  • Bidding Notrump.
  • Raising partner's suit.
  • Rebids when partner's response is 2 Notrump.
  • When partner has made Forcing Takeout.
  • Rebidding strong hands.
  • General Principles.
The leaflet seems to refer to 12 games and 4 sample plays, so the 8 sheets here with games front and back must be the complete set.

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