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UNDER THE HOOD OF THE PINSPOTTER
The AMF Pinspotter transformed the bowling industry. While the exterior of a lane equipped with the Pinspotter displayed the AMF logo or Magic Triangle Pindicator, the interior held a complicated maze ...
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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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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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