THE VINTAGE ALLEYS PROJECT

PHOTOGRAPHS BY KEVIN HONG

Duckpins and candlepins are mostly confined to the East Coast, although a few centers and private clubs are scattered farther west.

In tenpin bowling, the pins are no match for the bowling balls; the average pin weighs a little over 3 pounds, while bowling balls can have a maximum weight of 16 pounds. Duckpin balls, by contrast, weigh about 3.75 pounds (candlepin balls are even lighter, and they weigh about the same as one of the tall, thin pins.) Scoring in these two games is therefore lower. The highest recorded duckpin game is 279, while the candlepin record is 245 (both out of a possible 300).  

 These photographs were made in New England in the summer of 2014. 

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