Minnesota's Greatest Generation

Pinsetters at work at Midway alleys

Before the days of automatic equipment to reset bowling pins, bowling alleys employed children to sit behind the pins to clear those knocked down, and reset them by hand. It was a perilous job; a pinsetter could be hit by flying pins or an errant bowling ball.

The first automatic pinsetters were introduced by the Brunswick Company in 1956.

The boys in this picture are working as pinsetters at Midway Alleys in St. Paul, 1937.

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society
Date: 1937
Identifer: location GV3.16 p5

Pinsetters at work at Midway alleys