|Nancy Roos and Gisela Gresser|
|Bisguier and Reshevsky|
For postal chess, Chess Review sold move mailing cards. You had to keep track of a lot of information besides the moves (and position!). You had to record the dates sent, received, reflection time and total time. It cost $0.04 to mail a post card.
|Mailing card front|
|Mailing card back|
Chess Review was located at 134 West 72nd Street in New York City. Today it houses a hair design shop. Chess Review sold the famous "Postal Chess Album" which consisted of six cardboard chess sets (5 x 5 inch playing field) bound with flexible plastic that permitted them to be opened flat. Score cards for six games were included. The pieces were printed in color on bits of cardboard, which were then inserted into a tight, single-slot on the correct squares. The price was $3.50 per album. That was a little pricey, about the same as the cost of a chess book...$28.50 today. On the downside the slots become loose with use and the pieces had a tendency to fall out.
Recording errors were not unusual. I once defeated a player rated in the top ten in correspondence chess when he made a recording error. But, because it cost him 100 rating points and he could only average a couple of points a win because he was rated so high, I did the decent thing and offered him a draw. The 50 points he lost still knocked him off the top ten list.
Eventually the Postal Chess Albums met a competitor...the Post-A-Log invented by Joe Viggiano who died on May 21, 1997. They were made of plastic with vinyl pieces that peeled and stuck to the board. Eventually the pieces lost their adhesiveness and the boards got gummy so they had to be replaced.