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By Tom Sloper
September 12, 2010

Column #466

Heard from an old friend from Back East, from long before my mah jongg days, and was surprised to discover that he'd been doing mah jongg photography. His name is Al McLaughlin.

Amazing to think that with all the changes we've been through since being neighbors and friends, we've both come around to an appreciation of mah jongg tiles.

Prints of Al's mah jongg photos are available for sale. They'd be a perfect touch for the mah jongg room.

These are but a few samples from his mah jongg gallery. The website is

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