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patmanqc

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When I was five or six years old I distinctly remember pushing what looked like a giant broom down the lanes all the way to the pin deck and clearing the pins. Since my family were really good friends with the owners I pretty much had carte blanche at the bowling center. They never charge my family and let me bowl for free which is where I learned.

I don't know what I was doing To the  lanes but just thought it was cool to be out there.

My question is, what the heck was I doing? Was I stripping the lanes? This is probably 1974 or 1975 if I had to guess..

This was also at regal lanes in East Moline Illinois just in case anybody local is reading. LOL

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Probably not a broom but before the advent of oiling machines centers had a large broom-like device that had a roll of towel/fabric material on it that was used to dust the lanes.  It was a kind of "reel-to reel" system with a ratcheting mechanism on it to move the roll a bit to get to a fresh surface. You'd push it down the lane to dust it, hit the lever once or twice to move to a fresh surface, then do the next lane.  
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Used to had to that after every league was done time permitting. Push the pins in and drag it from back to front. 

Looked like this:


Image result for bowling lane duster

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Used to had to that after every league was done time permitting. Push the pins in and drag it from back to front. 

Looked like this:


Image result for bowling lane duster



That was it exactly thanks
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For a lot of years I saw the lane guy push a red floor duster with fringe, just like you see in retail stores, down the lane and all the way to the back of the pin deck to clear the pins. After he had gone end to end in the house he brought out the lane oiler and went end to end.  That was back when they stripped the lanes and pin deck completely every day, not like now where they do it every so often on no particular schedule.


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Generally lanes were stripped much less often in the days prior to the modern high tech machines. Hand stripping was a laborious procees.
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