Duckpin Bowling in the 1940s

You’re probably not going to find too many alleys where you can go duckpin bowling. This is a shot of a pinsetter at Washington alley in 1943.

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April 1943. Washington, D.C. "Pin boy at a bowling alley." Nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.
April 1943. Washington, D.C. “Pin boy at a bowling alley.” Nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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  • There are still a couple of duckpin joints in Baltimore.

  • Billy

    I used to go to White oak for duckpin…just took my daughter to a birthday party there…getting old is crazy