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Hot Rivalries: 1942

Hot Rivalries: 1942

January 1942. Bantam, Connecticut. "In the basement of the town firehouse is the bowling alley, revenue from which helps to support the town's volunteer fire companies. Each night is alloted to a specific group, and there are several hot rivalries. Among the women shown here is Mrs. Winfield Peterson, whose husband is foreman of the Warren McArthur experimental shop." View full size. 5x7 nitrate negative by Howard R. Hollem for the Office of Emergency Management.


Re: Connecticut

Connecticut is a lingering stronghold of duckpin bowling. This appears to be that game.

Interesting sheen

on Mrs. Peterson's leading leg, perhaps indicating nylon rationing had not yet made its way to her neighborhood. Or, maybe, she had been saving a pair for special times: like this one!

[Or they might be cotton stockings, a nylon substitute that was the subject of about a dozen OWI photos. - Dave]

Bowling Dress

I thought it was interesting that every one of these women was bowling in a skirt or dress. How things have changed! Already by my childhood 25 years later, all these women would have been wearing pants.

Also five-pin

That's also the size of the ball in five-pin bowling, but that game is exclusively Canadian.

Duckpins or candlepins

From the size of the balls I'd guess they're engaging in duckpin or candlepin bowling. These types of bowling use relatively small balls without finger holes.

Ball size

The bowling balls pictured seem smaller than today's?

[Those are duckpin balls. No holes. - Dave]

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