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No. 794 | Rainbow Ten Pin

floor game

Named variously bowling, nine-pins, jeu de quilles, or skittles, the game involving pins with a rolling ball has been a favorite past time for centuries. Egyptians indulged in a form of bowling by 3,200 B.C. King Henry VIII banned lawn bowling in 15th-century England because too many tradesmen neglected their vocations. Author Washington Irving immortalized nine pins in his 19th-century tale of Rip van Winkle. By 1900, Americans formed formal bowling associations and leagues to play the game competitively in bowling alleys across the country.

  • Manufacturer: L. D. Goodspeed, Inc.
  • Material: wood | paint | cardboard
  • Origin: Wilton, ME
  • Object ID: 109.12607
  • Credit Line: Gift of Doug & Randi Olin and Marc & Jill Olin in memory of Stephen Olin
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