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1943 - article about Miami bowling alley popularity with locations of the bowling alleys at the time (comments below)
DEC-1943 Courtesy of Alvin Lederer

1943 - article about Miami bowling alley popularity with locations of the bowling alleys at the time (comments below)

Miami, Florida


Thank you to Alvin Lederer for contributing this great article.

For Google search purposes I am repeating the names of the bowling alleys and addresses:

1. Bol-mor, 2490 NW 7th Avenue, Miami
2. Palace Bowling Center, 2101 N. Miami Avenue, Miami
3. Lucky Strike, 2975 SW 8th Street, Miami
4. Playdium Lanes, 3737 SW 8th Street, Miami
5. Brunswick Bowland, 220 NE 13th Street, Miami

The article mentions that the above bowling alleys had a total of 66 alleys (lanes) - that's only an average of 13 lanes per bowling alley, which is extremely limited compared to newer bowling alleys built in the decades to follow.


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Don Boyd20-Aug-2011 03:22
Thanks Charlene! No rush but I would love to add whatever you have.

Don
Guest 20-Aug-2011 02:38
Don, I will try to get my Hubby to hook the scanner up and send them..maybe next week. Thanks
Charlene
Don Boyd20-Aug-2011 00:18
Jim, thank you for the information you provided. Sorry about the delay in noticing your comment until now.

Charlene, thank you also for your comments and the information. I would love to add the photo that you described to this site. Can you scan it and send it to me as an e-mail attachment with the date, names, place the photo was taken, etc.? Thanks!

Don
Guest 19-Aug-2011 04:37
Hi, Thanks for remembering the duck pin alleys. My Dad Charles Watkins built and owned all the alleys back then. He layed those alleys by hand himself. It was booming and he loved it along with my mom Margaret Irene Watkins. I have a picture of them in front of the old Lucky Strike alley and a copy of the artical that he owned all the alleys at that time.
Charlene Watkins
Jim Christy 02-Aug-2009 22:04
There was also a duck pin alley on S.W. 8th between 28 and 29th Avenues. My family moved to Miami in 1945 and, the alley was closed shortly thereafter. My dad owned a bar and grill at 2945 S.W. 8th Street for 30 years. It was almost a landmark.
Don Boyd07-May-2009 02:54
Guest, thank you for posting that information about the Duck Pin alley.

Don
Guest 07-May-2009 02:39
There was a Duck Pin alley located on the corner of S.W. 1st Street and Beacon Blvd. The alleys were cement and there were no walls, only a roof. I recall the balls being smaller and without holes, I think.
It was an inexpensive family outing in the 40s.