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1960s Bowling Shirt with Patches

1960s Bowling Shirt with Patches

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Bowling as a national pastime began it's rise in the 1940s, with as many as 20,000 new lanes popping up around the country between 1947 and 1957. The rise of suburban culture and the automation of pin setting machines set the stage for the huge boom, and by 1958 the American Planning Association declared bowling allies "the poor man's country club".  Membership to the American Bowling Congress was steadily growing, with thousands of leagues forming around the country, many of which boasted a large number of female players. Some lanes even offered childcare so women could compete during the day. The demand for roomy shirts with short sleeves and longer tails marked the creation of the "bowling shirt". 

This shirt was sourced from the estate of a local women and has an assortment of patches dating from the 60s-70s. She was an accomplished bowler and was a league champion seven times!

Materials: Poly cotton blend

Condition: Overall good shape!

Estimated modern size: M-L

Measurements (all measured flat): 
Shoulder: 16.5 in 
Chest: 20.5 in
Length: 24.5 in

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