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WATCH: BOWLING AROUND THE WORLD
Bowling forges human connections wherever it’s found, and never more so than in international tournaments. This silent newsreel features rollers from many different countries filing into a Federation ...
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A JUMBO-SIZED CENTER IN JAPAN
The opening of Korakuen Stadium Lanes in Tokyo, Japan, was not simply a ribbon-cutting; it was a massive ceremony with appearances from Japanese and American stars. Japanese actress Akemi Kita bowled ...
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BOWLING IN BRITAIN
Tenpin bowling was taking off internationally during the 1960s. The sport entered the United Kingdom with a bang around 1960, with American manufacturers like AMF assuming it was sure to be a hit. Bow ...
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GETTING THINGS ROLLING IN ROME
The Eternal City has bowling fever! Italy’s first commercial, American-style tenpin bowling center opened in the nation’s capital Rome in April 1961, complete with automatic pinsetters. American equip ...
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THE FIRST-EVER YOUTH GAMES
The International Youth Games festival was inaugurated in Moscow, Russia, in the summer of 1998. Bowling was an official event at the festival, held in the former Soviet Union not long after the fall ...
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A EUROPEAN TOUR
Joe Thum was known as the father of international bowling and was a leader of the sport in the United States. In 1929, Thum took 25 of the best American bowlers with him to Stockholm, Sweden, for the ...
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A BIG TOURNAMENT IN THE BIG APPLE
Before there was the FIQ, there was the IBA, the International Bowling Association (not to be confused with the earlier American group of the same name). The IBA’s 4th International Bowling Championsh ...
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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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A LITTLE FANFARE IN FRANKFURT
Much like in the United States, Germany had both national and local bowling organizations. A Frankfurt group had these pins made to commemorate their 25th anniversary. The image in the middle is the F ...
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A JOVIAL GROUP IN JAPAN
Twelve semifinalists at a Japanese bowling tournament give the photographer a thumbs up. The bowlers had had success on the automatic Brunswick lanes, and at least one of them was a member of the Japa ...
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