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Creator Anonymous
Title game
Published Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver
Identifier 65802
Language English
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Contributor Museum of Vancouver
Description Throughout history, people from all over the world have played bowling games. In the days of Julius Caesar, the Romans amused themselves with a version known as Ninepins. The game spread to Northern Europe and Britain where it was called Skittles. Medieval manuscripts show boys playing it outdoors, but Elizabeth, wife of the English king Edward IV (1461-1483), played it in her chambers with her ladies-in-waiting. In 1653, diarist Samuel Pepys wrote of playing ninepins upon the quarterdeck of a ship. Around 1900, ninepin bowling was banned in the United States, on the grounds that it was causing men to neglect their work. The ban was circumvented by adding another pin to create ten pin bowling. These appear to be part of a homemade set of skittles. They were probably made in Vancouver around 1900.
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