Art Deco Moderne 1930 – 1960

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The BBC Paramount c. 1933

Beginning in 1930, Brunswick-Balke-Collender Co.’s (BBC) Art Deco designs started taking on a very different look and construction. The Great Depression was taking a toll on American manufacturing, but billiard rooms and their suppliers were doing quite well.

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The BBC 20th Century c. 1939

BBC started enclosing the leather pockets with metal shields and using a wider apron between the pockets for a more streamlined effect. Construction materials like lumber core as well as veneer core plywoods began to be standard and masonite laminates also had their first showing in billiard tables.

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The BBC Centennial c. 1945

In 1945, BBC celebrated its one hundredth year in business and they introduced two new models–the Centennial and the Anniversary. These two models lasted a decade and a half without much change.

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The BBC Anniversary c. 1945

In 1961, the Gold Crown replaced the Centennial and Anniversary models and is still in production today.