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RUBBER DUCKS
Duckpin bowling developed in the United States in the late 1800s. In 1905, a Pennsylvania man added thick rubber bands to the base of the squat pins, officially starting rubber band duckpin bowling. T ...
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THE BETTER FOR ROLLING
This ball weighed in at 18 pounds, large by any standards. Upon a closer look you’ll notice the ball lacks finger holes, meaning the owner held it in his palm. Those massive hands must have had quite ...
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CASE TO MATCH THE LUGGAGE
A bowling bag that matched one’s luggage was quite a luxury for the traveling bowler. Frank A. Stallman was a Columbus, Ohio, luggage manufacturer and was particularly well known for his dresser trunk ...
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PONY PIN
Pony pin was a bowling variation popular in the early 1900s, particularly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Major bowling manufacturer Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company produced the special pony pins, which re ...
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RIP VAN WINKLE MUTOSCOPE
Washington Irving’s 1819 short story “Rip Van Winkle,” the tale of a Dutch-American bewitched into slumber for 20 years during a ghostly game of ninepin bowling, was one of the first mentions of the g ...
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TEDDY ROOSEVELT SETS UP THE NEXT STRIKE
Given bowling’s growing popularity in the early twentieth century, it is no surprise that political satirists would choose it as settings for their cartoons. In 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt was ...
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ADAM HAHN FOR VP
Like all the best sports, bowling can be full of political intrigue. Elections of ABC officers generally took place right after the annual tournament (referred to as the “National tournament” in 1907) ...
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TOURNAMENT IN CINCINNATI
Cincinnati hosted the 8th annual American Bowling Congress tournament in the “fireproof” armory on Freeman Avenue in 1908. In preparation for the event, the armory constructed 18 bowling alleys, set u ...
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GEOGRAPHIC ROOTS OF BOWLING
Bowling was growing fast in the industrial Northeast and the Midwest in the early 1900s as legions of workers turned to bowling as an after-work activity. Bowlers represented 32 cities at the 1904 Ame ...
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TOURNAMENT IN PITTSBURGH
The 1909 American Bowling Congress tournament in Pittsburgh saw more than 2,000 people on opening night at Duquesne Garden, but unfortunately the crowds tapered off during the multi-week tournament an ...
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