VIEW-13478 | Bowling alley, Y. M. C. A., Westmount, QC, 1913-14

Bowling alley, Y. M. C. A., Westmount, QC, 1913-14
Wm. Notman & Son
1913-1914, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

One big attraction of sports is the association with outdoor exercise and the benefits thereof, which is why the 19th century saw such growth in outdoor sports. Nonetheless, a whole range of indoor sports also came into being at this time, namely, boxing, fencing, billiards and bowling. The latter caught on rather slowly, and the few bowling leagues founded in the 1880s and 1890s were barely able to stay afloat. However, unlike other sports that require real athletic skill, bowling is essentially recreational, a fact that ultimately assured its survival.

  • What

    This bowling alley may seem a bit austere in comparison to those of today.

  • Where

    The first bowling alleys were in commercial establishments such as hotels.

  • When

    Bowling came to Canada relatively early, in the 1840s, but there were no bowling clubs until the 1880s.

  • Who

    Bowling was particularly popular among men who worked in offices and stores.