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A BOWLING EMPIRE
The Oesterreichischer Kegler Verband was a governing body for bowling sports in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This pin, likely given to members, oversaw a tumultuous time in the region.
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ABC IN BUFFALO
The American Bowling Congress met in Buffalo, New York, in March 1914, putting on a tournament featuring five-man teams, two-man teams, and individual events. Teams hailed from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio ...
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AN ARTISTIC APPROACH TO SKITTLE
German painter Eugen Urban used a realism approach in this political painting that featured bowling. A nude Lady Liberty stood on top of a bowling ball and towered over nine skittle pins representing ...
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ANYONE FOR TIDDLEDY WINKS?
In an early version of a mash-up, Parker Brothers combined the British parlor game of tiddledy winks with bowling. The 1910s game directed players to use pieces called “winks” to knock over bowling pi ...
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BANNING BEER?
The 1918 American Bowling Congress tournament in Cincinnati was the site of protest when temperance supporters objected to Hamilton County issuing a temporary saloon license to the ABC for the distrib ...
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BOWLERS AND A BASEBALL PLAYER IN TOLEDO
The 13th annual American Bowling Congress tournament in Toledo, Ohio, was held in February and March 1913. Hundreds of bowlers made their way to the Toledo Terminal Auditorium, including Fred Merkle, ...
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BOWLING BALL THAT WENT ‘ROUND THE WORLD
In 1914, Brunswick expanded the reach of its brand by sending one of its Mineralite bowling balls on a world tour. Over the course of 12 months, the ball made various stops around the world, including ...
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BOWLING MAD IN ST. LOUIS
St. Louis hosted the 11th annual American Bowling Congress tournament in 1911, and reports claimed the town “had gone bowling mad.” The normally baseball-crazy St. Louisans “have ceased conjectures as ...
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CHRISTMAS DAY BOWL
Bowlers had a good Christmas at the Capitol Bowling Alley! Participants in a holiday tournament in 1916 might have received medals like these. There were a number of bowling alleys by that name in the ...
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COMMITTED TO A CLEAN SPORT
The American Bowling Congress worked hard in the early 1900s to make bowling respectable, fair and popular. Bowlers who sported membership tokens, such as this one from 1910, were part of a group who ...
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