Vance Is Stumped! Where in Memphis Was This Miniature Bowling Alley?
I hope you've appreciated the old color slides that I've posted recently (here and in the magazine) showing the ruins of the Russwood Park fire.
Well, mixed in with that tray of slides was this intriguing image, and I need help — yes, I admit it — figuring out where this was, and what the game is, exactly.
I mean, I know it's some form of bowling. But look — the four alleys are very short, the wooden pins are quite small, and the eight pins are arranged in a straight line. I assume some kind of lever mechanism simply reset the pins after you attempted to knock them down. Depending on your skill, notice the three levels of prizes available to you for a dime, which seemed to be limited to large, medium, and small chalk figures, just like the prizes you'd win at old carnival arcade games.
Notice also the signs admonishing players "Please do not roll ball hard."
Does anyone remember playing at this establishment?
And — this would really be great — does anyone recognize the dapper gentleman who seems to be operating it?