early 1900's( Permission
from http://www.sihirlitur.com )
The card game got its name from the Galata Bridge,
a bridge spanning the Golden Horn and linking the old and new parts
of European Istanbul, where they apparently crossed every day to go to a
coffeehouse to play cards.
[United States Bridge Federation
(Reprinted after ACBL)
Galata Bridge early 2000's
Known bridge playing goes as
far back as
late 1800's. The word "bridge"
comes from the Galata Bridge, where bridge players crossed every day
to go to play cards.
(B7's note: I don't agree with the
people who say that the word is derived from a word similar to bridge--
britich, biritch, britch, beach, etc. Because the bridge players at
that time were highly educated I believe that they surely could properly
spell a word that they pronounced.. )
The bridge in the picture is Galata
Bridge. The people crossing the bridge can be the first bridge players in
Galata Tower can be seen at the top of the hill. It is located in the new part of European Istanbul.
Bridge was a very popular game in Istanbul then..
Later, the so-called "kings of bridge" replaced the sultans of bridge.
The first king was a very rich man in US: Mr. Cornelius Vanderbilt. Mr. Vanderbilt brought
rules and a method of scoring to the bridge game. Later in 1930's Mr. Ely Culbertson published
the laws of contract bridge. In 1950's Mr. Charles Goren added some methods
which helped to popularize the bridge game. Goren was known as "King of Aces".
Some of his methods are still used. In 1958 World Bridge Federation was
founded. Today, bridge is the most popular card game in the World.
Not: The song below - is called "Katibim" which was listened to and enjoyed by the first bridge players in Istanbul..
You can listen to this famous song in midi format at:
You will like it..