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Carom billiards balls are larger than pool balls, having a diameter of 61.5 mm (​ in) are smaller than the American-style; they are used principally in Britain, Ireland, and some Commonwealth countries, though not exclusively, since they are unsuited for playing nine-ball.

Snooker balls are smaller than American-style pool balls with a diameter of 52.5 mm (​", and a cue ball).

In the United States pool and billiards had died out for a bit, but between 18 pool and billiards became very popular.

Now the game is generally a well-known game and has many players of all different skill levels.

There are few more cheerful sights, when the evenings are long, and the weather dull, than a handsome, well-lighted billiard room, with the smooth, green surface of the billiard table; the ivory balls flying noiselessly here and there, or clicking musically together.

The demand for tables and other equipment was initially met in Europe by John Thurston and other furniture makers of the era.

The early balls were made from wood and clay, but the rich preferred to use ivory.

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