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HISTORY OF TENPIN TOYS
In the twentieth century, kids of all ages could enjoy the fun of bowling at home with these games. Learn more about this item.
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DRESS FOR BOWLING
Esther Ryan and the Kornitz Pure Oils dominated the women’s bowling circuit in the 1930s. The Milwaukee-based team was a well-oiled machine, so it only made sense they dressed to their success. The Ko ...
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KEEPING UP WITH KRUMSKE
Paul Krumske was one of his era’s greatest bowlers. The Chicago-native was named Chicago’s “Bowler of the Half-Century” in 1951 and was inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 1968 ...
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ANOTHER ROUND
Bowling’s beer leagues were enormously popular during the early-to mid-twentieth century. These leagues often drew in local sponsors, as was the case with the Monarch Beer team in Chicago. This partic ...
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FASHIONABLE FOUL
At a time when tenpin bowling was about to enter its golden age, duckpin bowling was also finding new audiences. A variant on contemporary bowling that uses shorter, squatter pins and softball-sized b ...
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HAND SPLIT HANDLE COMPANY
Everyone knew the major names in bowling pin manufacturing, but smaller companies also got in on the tenpin bowling boom. Hand Split Handle Company was a lumber company in Lyndonville, Vermont. What b ...
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GERALITE BALL
Gerald Finkelstein was not content with existing bowling equipment. Through his company, the Chicago-based National Billiard Supply, he manufactured a new laminated wooden ball known as the Geralite b ...
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WOODEN LAMINATE
Rubber balls supplanted wooden ones, but that didn’t mean all bowlers traded in their tried and trues. A wood laminate ball may look sturdy and would likely last for years of rolling. But rubber and p ...
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THE FINE ART OF BOWLING
St. Louis, Missouri, folk artist Victor Joseph Kunz painted what he knew, from local landscapes to bowling alleys. This painting of three bowlers presents a familiar sight in St. Louis given the immen ...
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DUCKPINS IN THE PHILIPPINES
In the early twentieth century, variations of bowling were played across the globe and bowlers found common ground in the sport. Mrs. Toneita Gibbon was a member of the winning teams who took home the ...
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