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"Bowling: A Timeless Game of Skill, Strategy, and Camaraderie" Step back in time to Britain in 1903, where the sport captivated both young and old alike

Background imageBowling Collection: A Game of Bowls, Britain, 1903

A Game of Bowls, Britain, 1903
Photograph showing an English gentleman about to deliver his bowl during a game of lawn bowling, 1903. Fellow players and spectators closely watch his technique

Background imageBowling Collection: An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson

An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). Artist: W Heath Robinson
An Aerial Cricket Match of the Future, c1918 (1919). From The Wonder Book of Aircraft for Boys and Girls, edited by Harry Golding. [Ward. Lock & Co. Limited, London, Melbourne and Toronto, 1919]

Background imageBowling Collection: Harold Larwood Bowling, 1933

Harold Larwood Bowling, 1933
Photograph of the English bowler, Harold Larwood, in action during the MCC tour of Australia, 1933. During that tour, D.R

Background imageBowling Collection: Men playing bowls on a lawn

Men playing bowls on a lawn
A group of men playing bowls on a lawn

Background imageBowling Collection: Girls Play Bowls / 1940S

Girls Play Bowls / 1940S
Faith Dorn, Alice Talton, Juanita Stark, Lucia Carroll and Jean Ames wearing various sunsuits show a bit of leg on the bowling green

Background imageBowling Collection: Victorian cricket match, 19th Century

Victorian cricket match, 19th Century
Vintage woodcut illustration of a Victorian cricket match, 19th Century

Background imageBowling Collection: A Game of Bowls, England, c. 1872

A Game of Bowls, England, c. 1872
Engraving showing a close game of bowls on a bowling lawn somewhere in England, c.1872. Four players appear to be vigorously contesting the result

Background imageBowling Collection: Bowling green at a holiday camp, Paignton, Devon

Bowling green at a holiday camp, Paignton, Devon
People relaxing on a bowling green at a holiday camp in Paignton, Devon, with chalets in the background. Date: 1950s

Background imageBowling Collection: Cricket Field, Campbell College, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Cricket Field, Campbell College, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Date: 1904

Background imageBowling Collection: Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK

Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imageBowling Collection: Africa, South Africa

Africa, South Africa, Gauteng, Pretoria, local lawn bowling club, equipment bag

Background imageBowling Collection: Larwood / Cricketer

Larwood / Cricketer
Harold Larwood, English cricketer, famous for his Bodyline bowling (1904-95)

Background imageBowling Collection: Charterhouse / 17C?

Charterhouse / 17C?
The Charterhouse, in the City of London

Background imageBowling Collection: Cricket at Gads Hill Place, Rochester, c1868

Cricket at Gads Hill Place, Rochester, c1868. Charles Dickens Bowling the first ball at a charity match at the back of Gads Hill Place near Rochester, September 16th 1868. From The Studio Volume 108

Background imageBowling Collection: Norton, Derbyshire, surveyed by Joseph Dickinson, 1737

Norton, Derbyshire, surveyed by Joseph Dickinson, 1737
Full title: A map of all the lands belonging to Robert Newton esquire at Norton in the County of Derby, surveyed by Joseph Dickinson

Background imageBowling Collection: Drake Plays Bowls 1588

Drake Plays Bowls 1588
Sir Francis Drake, learning that the Spanish Armada has been sighted near England, insists on finishing his game of bowls at Plymouth

Background imageBowling Collection: New York / Broadway 1895

New York / Broadway 1895
New York: Lower Broadway, looking north from Bowling Green

Background imageBowling Collection: Bowling in Chicago

Bowling in Chicago
Belles of the Bowling Alley - the Athletic Diversions of an Association of Dashing Damsels in their Club Rooms in Chicago

Background imageBowling Collection: Bobby Charlton and some of the Manchester United football team go ten pin bowling at

Bobby Charlton and some of the Manchester United football team go ten pin bowling at Cheetham Hill Bowling Alley, Manchester

Background imageBowling Collection: Gentleman bowling at a skittles alley in a German Beer Hall

Gentleman bowling at a skittles alley in a German Beer Hall Date: circa 1905

Background imageBowling Collection: Music Hall, Leominster, Massachusetts, USA

Music Hall, Leominster, Massachusetts, USA
Music Hall in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA, with shops on the ground floor. Date: circa 1911

Background imageBowling Collection: Daisy Nook The Village, Failsworth, Lancashire

Daisy Nook The Village, Failsworth, Lancashire
Daisy Nook The Village, Failsworth, Oldham, near Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England. Showing Bowling Pavilion Date: 1904

Background imageBowling Collection: Ten pin bowling

Ten pin bowling
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1940s: Bowling ball hitting pins for a strike. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Background imageBowling Collection: Cricket bowling poses (litho)

Cricket bowling poses (litho)
7201194 Cricket bowling poses (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cricket bowling poses)

Background imageBowling Collection: BOWLING TOURNAMENT, 1905. The International Bowling Tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

BOWLING TOURNAMENT, 1905. The International Bowling Tournament in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in February, 1905, sponsored by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company. Lithograph, 1905

Background imageBowling Collection: Steamboat Pier, Fleetwood, Wyre district, Lancashire

Steamboat Pier, Fleetwood, Wyre district, Lancashire
Steamboat Pier and Railway Station, Fleetwood, Wyre district, Lancashire Date: circa 1907

Background imageBowling Collection: DON CARTER (1926- ). American bowler. Photograph, 1963

DON CARTER (1926- ). American bowler. Photograph, 1963

Background imageBowling Collection: A Googlie by Lawson Wood

A Googlie by Lawson Wood
A bear batsman looks concerned as a determined monkey bowls a googlie at his batting partner. Date: 1930

Background imageBowling Collection: William Lillywhite

William Lillywhite
WILLIAM LILLYWHITE The Father of Modern Cricket A right-handed bowler, who played for Sussex in the 1820s. Date: early 19th century

Background imageBowling Collection: Gentlemen Bowling 1950S

Gentlemen Bowling 1950S
Older gentlemen (and one lady) enjoying a leisurely game of bowls on an English bowling green

Background imageBowling Collection: Ian Schuback

Ian Schuback Australia 23 February 1994 Date: 23 February 1994

Background imageBowling Collection: Mr C M Wells, Father, 10 July 1907, Vanity Fair cartoon (colour litho)

Mr C M Wells, Father, 10 July 1907, Vanity Fair cartoon (colour litho)
611670 Mr C M Wells, Father, 10 July 1907, Vanity Fair cartoon (colour litho) by Ward, Leslie Matthew (Spy) (1851-1922); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mr C M Wells, Father, 10 July 1907)

Background imageBowling Collection: Clerkenwell Prison

Clerkenwell Prison
Engaving depicting the old House of Detention, Clerkenwell. Clerkenwell (old) Prison, also known as the Clerkenwell House of Detention or Middlesex House of Detention, was a prison in Clerkenwell

Background imageBowling Collection: James Cobbett, c1830s. Creator: Unknown

James Cobbett, c1830s. Creator: Unknown
James Cobbett, c1830s. Portrait of English cricketer James Cobbett, (1804-1842), one of the best all round players of his time

Background imageBowling Collection: Group of young people at Silver Blades bowling alley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 1965

Group of young people at Silver Blades bowling alley, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 1965

Background imageBowling Collection: The Park and Bowling Green, Bangor

The Park and Bowling Green, Bangor - an elevated view looking down on people bowling with a lot of onlookers and people sitting in Ward Park. (Location: Northern Ireland; County Down; Bangor)

Background imageBowling Collection: Miss Muriel Malted, the girl cricketer of Ashford, Kent. 19 August 1922

Miss Muriel Malted, the girl cricketer of Ashford, Kent. 19 August 1922

Background imageBowling Collection: S Haigh - Cricketer

S Haigh - Cricketer
Schofield Haigh - Yorkshire cricketer

Background imageBowling Collection: New Zealand - Bowling Green at Te Aroha

New Zealand - Bowling Green at Te Aroha, opened in 1903 Date: circa 1908

Background imageBowling Collection: At the Oval / Ally Sloper

At the Oval / Ally Sloper
Ally Sloper bats at the Oval against Australia, dressed in medieval armour for protection

Background imageBowling Collection: Cruikshank / Bowling Alley

Cruikshank / Bowling Alley
The bowling alley at Worcester

Background imageBowling Collection: Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK

Old people playing bowls at Penzance in West Cornwall, UK
Ashley Cooper / SpecialistStock

Background imageBowling Collection: Sport / Bowls C16

Sport / Bowls C16
A bowling green in Tudor times

Background imageBowling Collection: Fittleworth Bowling Club, 1926

Fittleworth Bowling Club, 1926
7 members practising, all wearing jackets and hats George Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: Garland N340

Background imageBowling Collection: Grid

Grid
Rico Cavallo

Background imageBowling Collection: King Edward VII bowling, 1850 (engraving)

King Edward VII bowling, 1850 (engraving)
5307543 King Edward VII bowling, 1850 (engraving); (add.info.: Illustration depicting King Edward VII (1841-1910) bowling at Sandringham House. Dated 19th century

Background imageBowling Collection: Jay Gould's private bowling alley by Frederick Burr Opper Dated 18820101

Jay Gould's private bowling alley by Frederick Burr Opper Dated 18820101
2599347 Jay Gould's private bowling alley by Frederick Burr Opper Dated 18820101. Print showing Jay Gould bowling on Wall Street; (add.info)

Background imageBowling Collection: Women's cricket (b/w photo)

Women's cricket (b/w photo)
8664239 Women's cricket (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Will there soon be ladies at Lord's? Women's team playing cricket)



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"Bowling: A Timeless Game of Skill, Strategy, and Camaraderie" Step back in time to Britain in 1903, where the sport captivated both young and old alike. In this vintage photograph titled "A Game of Bowls, " we witness a group of gentlemen engrossed in a friendly match on a sunny afternoon. The meticulously maintained lawn serves as their battleground, each player aiming to outwit their opponents with precision and finesse. Fast forward three decades to 1933 when Harold Larwood's name became synonymous with bowling excellence. Renowned for his lightning-fast deliveries during cricket matches, Larwood's technique revolutionized the game. His powerful throws left batsmen trembling at the crease while spectators marveled at his skillful mastery. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ocean, Victorian-era cricket matches held sway over England's sporting landscape throughout the 19th century. Amidst sprawling green fields and enthusiastic crowds cheering from afar, bowlers showcased their artistry by expertly propelling balls towards wickets with unwavering accuracy. Bowling wasn't solely reserved for men; women too embraced its allure during the 1940s. As captured in an enchanting snapshot entitled "Girls Play Bowls, " ladies donned elegant attire while gracefully participating in this beloved pastime. Their laughter echoed through the air as they aimed for victory amidst friendship and spirited competition. From holiday camps like Paignton's Devon Bowling Green to historic venues such as Campbell College Cricket Field in Belfast or even South Africa's African landscapes – bowls knew no boundaries nor borders. It united people from all walks of life under one shared passion – an unyielding love for this timeless game that transcended cultures and continents. Even as time marched on into modernity, bowls retained its charm among generations who sought solace within its tranquil embrace.