1995 32¢ Bowling
Issue Date: May 20, 1995
City: Jupiter, FL
Printed By: Bank Note Corp. of America
Printing Method: Lithographed
Bowling is one of the oldest and most popular indoor sports. Although similar games were played as early as 5200 B.C., modern bowling dates back to the Middle Ages. In Germany the game was played at village dances, baptisms, and other celebrations. And in England bowling became so popular it was outlawed by Parliament, since it interfered with the archery practice so vital to the kingdom’s protection.
When Dutch settlers came to the New World, they brought their version of the game, which used nine pins, with them. A fashionable sport, the game spread throughout New England. By the mid-1800s, gambling on the sport became so rampant however, that bowling came to be considered a social evil, and in 1841 the Connecticut legislature outlawed “nine pins.” To evade the ban, a tenth pin was added.
By the early 19th century, bowling had become so popular that lanes were built throughout the U.S. In the 1950s machines were designed to set up the pins – a job which had been done by hand. This invention greatly speeded up the game, and soon as many as 24 lanes were being built under one roof. Today, millions of people visit bowling alleys; many enjoy the competition found in leagues, while others play merely for fun.