Photo: Lewis Wickes Hine (1910) - larger pic at Library of Congress
Bowling is an ancient sport - archaeologists have discovered primitive bowling balls and pins in an Egyptian tomb dating to 5200 BC.
But before the mechanical pinsetter was invented by Gottfried Schmidt in 1936, how did bowling alleys reset the pins? Why, with pin boys, of course!
The photo above is from the Library of Congress, captioned: 1:00 A.M. Pin boys working in Subway Bowling Alleys, 65 South St., B'klyn, N.Y. every night. 3 smaller boys were kept out of the photo by Boss. And you think you got it tough when you were young!