Scrapbook documenting the Invention of the Bowling Pin Setting Machine

Scrapbook documenting the Invention of the Bowling Pin Setting Machine

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Scrapbook documenting the invention of the bowling pin setting machine developed by the donor's grandfather, Fred Schmidt. In the late 1930s, Schmidt patented "a method for picking up and re-setting bowling pins through the use of mechanical suction cups." Schmidt first went to the Brunswick Corporation but was turned away. Without financial backing, Schmidt sold the rights to his invention and American Machine (AMF) bought the patents. It took them until 1951 to perfect the design and create the first pin setting machine based on Schmidt's patented design.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
scrapbook
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 1/2 in x 14 in x 1 in; 31.75 cm x 35.56 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
1997.0306.03
accession number
1997.0306
catalog number
1997.0306.03
Credit Line
Keith Schmidt
subject
Sports
Bowling
recreational
Invention
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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