Pinsetter Stan

In Muscatine on Tuesday, January 19, 1954, Dale’s diary says I got a job setting pins at the bowling alley.  This was prior to automatic pinsetters; I sat at the back of the “pit,” manually put balls in return chutes and hand-racked the pins.  It could be dangerous, since a pin would occasionally fly past your head.  Above is a video that shows a manual pinsetter (there’s an opening ad that’s pretty interesting, but you can skip it).

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