SPONSORED BY TRULY HARD SELTZER SAMUEL ADAMS DEX IMAGING
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PICTURESQUE COVINA BOWL
Ground broke on Covina Bowl in 1955, with plans for it to be the largest structure in the area. It would come to house 30 lanes and a 250-person restaurant. The cost? A whopping $1 million. The large ...
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FRENCH PRESS
The world developed an appetite for all things bowling in the years after World War II, and the French were no exception. The French had long enjoyed different forms of bowling, but American-style nin ...
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THE U.S. AMBASSADORS OF BOWLING
The Cold War intersected with bowling’s golden age, so it is no surprise that American servicemen and -women enjoyed the sport during personal time and while in active service. Wiesbaden, in what was ...
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EUROPEAN KEEPSAKES
The 2nd and 3rd Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) World Championships were held in Essen, Germany, and Helsingborg, Sweden, respectively. A top bowler could collect commemorative plaques f ...
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JAYNE MANSFIELD MEETS BILLY WELU
Jayne Mansfield brought her daughter Jayne Marie to the opening of Dallas’s Cotton Bowling Palace. The new alley was dressed to the nine pins, with AMF Magic Triangle technology and AMF Streamline Dec ...
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THE MAGIC OF AMF
If pinsetting could be automated and made simpler, why couldn’t ball return? The AMF Magic Circle, released a few years after the Pinspotter, addressed this very concern. The circular revolving tray h ...
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DICK CLARK FOR AMF
Already a household name, Dick Clark was a sought-after endorser during the 1950s. His shows, like American Bandstand, were huge hits, and AMF, one of the bowling industry’s top companies, hired him a ...
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A MOBILE WORKSHOP
The AMF Mobile Workshop allowed proprietors to become experts in Pinspotter repair. The cart included tools and gauges necessary for addressing issues with the Pinspotter. A diagnostic visit from an A ...
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A MASTER AT WORK
Marion Ladewig drew acclaim as the “greatest woman bowler of all time,” and was an ardent supporter of women’s bowling on an institutional level. At the 1957 World’s Invitational Match Game Tournament ...
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SETTING THE STANDARD
Though the bowling pin may look simple, it is anything but. Every bowling pin is built to exact specifications in an effort to ensure fair play. The American Bowling Congress (now part of the United S ...
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