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Galveston Island of Chance Hardcover – July 22, 1997

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"In his book, Frank E. Chalfant has gathered more Galveston gaming history between two covers than any of us have ever seen before. Galveston Island of Chance is beautifully produced, with hard covers and clay-coated paper, and the quality of the photographs is excellent."

"It's clear that the author spent a substantial amount of time researching and gathering information."

"The information and photographs of memorabilia which most of us have never seen makes the book a valuable addition to the gaming collecting literature." -- Michael Knapp, Book Reviewer, Casino Chip and Token News

About the Author

I am 57 years old. I retired, as a supervisor, from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company at age 49. I am currently an antique dealer specializing in depression glass.

I am currently president of the Greater Houston Casino Chip and Gaming Token Collectors. I was past president and show chairman of the Houston Glass Club. I am a current member of The Houston Gun Collectors and past secretary / treasurer, for twelve years, of the Texas Cartridge Collectors.

I have the largest known collection of gambling memorabilia for the Galveston county area.

I have given numerous talks to civic associations and club about Galveston gambling, my collection, and my book.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Treasures of Nostalgia (July 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965956601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965956604
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those of us enchanted by, but too young to remember, Galveston's gaming era, for whom months-on-end in the Rosenberg Library is not an option, this book is a jackpot. The pictures alone illustrate the depth of Mr. Chalfant's extensive research, providing his readers a multi-dimensional glimpse into a bygone dynasty never again to be repeated. Even if gaming is eventually legalized in Texas, it will likely never have the same flair and life as that pioneered by the Maceos and chronicled by Mr. Chalfant. This observation alone makes the book a piece of history as priceless as the facts and artifacts therein.
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