SPONSORED BY TRULY HARD SELTZER TRUE PREMIUM VODKA SAMUEL ADAMS
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SPOTTING A PROBLEM
Part of the beauty of the AMF Pinspotter was providing easy access should repairs be needed. Proprietors often recruited maintenance workers to learn the ins and outs of the machinery, but if a pin or ...
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ANTIQUE ALLEYS
Bowling technology may be more advanced than ever, but there are still plenty of opportunities to try out older equipment. The novelty of bowling on non-automated lanes is a draw for some bowling fana ...
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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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A PINSPOTTER PIONEER
American Machine and Foundry (AMF) was founded in 1900 and began manufacturing bowling equipment in the 1930s. After nearly a decade of experimentation, the company introduced the first automatic pin- ...
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A PRACTICAL PINWHEEL
The AMF Pinspotter used a carpet belt, known as the Magic Carpet, to retrieve balls and felled pins after a roll. The ball would be pushed off the belt to the ball return, while the pins would move in ...
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DOC’S DIAGRAM
Robert “Doc” Hinkley, a lifelong recreational bowler, saw an opening for a unique business involving custom fit bowling balls. Known as the Doctor of Bowling, Hinkley established Hinkley Bowling Suppl ...
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KEEPING SCORE WITH KRUMSKE
Brunswick introduced their Automatic Scorer at Village Lanes in Chicago, Illinois. Brunswick’s vice president for marketing described the event as “the dawn of a new era in bowling.” The premiere attr ...
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ADDING AUTOMATION
When the Brunswick Automatic Scorer debuted in 1967, it was touted as the first major innovation in bowling since the release of the automatic pinsetter some twenty years earlier. The machine used a c ...
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THE SCIENCE OF SCORING
Willingness to embrace new technologies has long been a strength of the bowling industry. From the early adoption of rubber balls to computerized lane maintenance, bowlers and proprietors have not shi ...
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OH OH IT’S MAGIC
Less than a decade after the first automatic scorer debuted, AMF released the MagicScore, a revolutionary new scoring system. A reviewer who attended the demonstration declared that the MagicScore “li ...
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