1. Couple of snapshots from around New York Comic Con.

     
  2. Holler House - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Located in the Lincoln Village neighborhood of Milwaukee, Holler House is the oldest sanctioned bowling alley in the United States. It was first opened in 1908 by “Iron Mike” Skowronski as Skowronski’s then passed on to his son Gene and wife Marcy and renamed Gene and Marcy’s. It finally gained the name Holler House in the 1970s (because of all the noise emanating from within) and is now run by Marcy Skowronski. She is candid, hilarious and charming and regaled us with stories of local baseball celebrities getting hammered at the bar and how the interior became decorated with bras. When she was younger, she said her friends would have a few drinks and take their clothes off.

    The bowling alley has only two lanes and instead of traditional pin setters, relies on pin boys who manually reset the pins. We caught Marcy before a Milwaukee Brewers game and said she’ll sometimes lock the doors and watch it by herself in the bar - because then she can yell at the TV with impunity. 

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    Castle Lanes - Racine, Wisconsin

    Bowladrome - Grinnell, Iowa

    West Lanes- Omaha, Nebraska

    Strike and Spare Lanes- Lexington, Nebraska

     
  3. Castle Lanes - Racine, Wisconsin

    Picture someone turned the popular bar game Big Buck Hunter into reality, and then put a bowling alley in the game. Now, you’ve got an idea of what the interior looks like at the Castle Lanes in Racine, Wisconsin. The exterior still retains a castle façade, which makes it look like a perfect place for a kid’s birthday party, but the interior is more Vegas than Spongebob.

    The owner, Phil Ontko, says the inspiration for the woodsy themed bowling alley comes from the patrons: many of them fish and hunt, so he figured he’d make it something familiar. The walls are adorned with various animal heads, and stuffed birds hang above the lanes. Phil has taken the business plan of running a bowling alley and turned it upside down, relying mostly on league bowling to fill the lanes every day.

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    Bowladrome - Grinnell, Iowa

    West Lanes- Omaha, Nebraska.

    Strike and Spare Lanes- Lexington, Nebraska.

     
  4. Bowladrome - Grinnell, Iowa

    With a population just under 10,000, this city is home to Bowladrome, Grinnell University, and not much else. It’s fairly standard for small Midwestern bowling alleys to close for the summer, because it’s too hot and people tend to gravitate to outdoor activities. We happened to catch the owner, Jim Buffum, as he was coming back from his summer sabbatical. The process usually takes about 3 weeks to get the lanes up and running again. The bowling alley’s regulars comprise of students from the university, as well as townies. 

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    West Lanes- Omaha, Nebraska.

    Strike and Spare Lanes- Lexington, Nebraska.

     
  5. Some bros at the beach the other day.

     
  6. West Lanes - Omaha, Nebraska

    West Lanes are a family owned enterprise, and owner Mike Pirruccello is very proud of the alley and its history. His family purchased the building and converted the old bomb shelter in the 1950’s. The building was as tough as the people it housed, as it stared down a tornado and emerged unscathed. At one point West Lanes was the talk of the town, as a family photo album shows the Mayor of Omaha, with constituents dressed to the nines, beaming while cutting the ribbon. While times have changed, and bowling isn’t in it’s heyday, West Lanes remains popular in Omaha. 

    Previous Post: Strike and Spare Lanes- Lexington, Nebraska.

     
  7. Strike and Spare Lanes - Lexington, Nebraska

    The epitome of a wholesome, modest, Midwestern town is conveniently located across the street from the local high school. You can easily summon visions of generations of Lexington folks bowling in an alley that hasn’t changed much in the past 36 years. Strike and Spare Lanes depends not only on high schoolers dropping in on a Friday night, but also on league bowling. The scoring system is from 1984, the interior doesn’t look to have changed since then, but it’s all you need to have a cold beer and play a few games. It’s currently for sale, but according to owner Brad Larsen, there isn’t much interest from the corporate beasts. It seems to be fine with Brad; he’d probably miss it if he sold the place anyway.

    Lexington is the kind of town people like to refer to as Main Street and wear the title as a badge of honor. Most people don’t concern themselves with IPOs or IPAs, and they’d just as soon keep it that way. The Walmart is the town’s social hub and the Tyson chicken plant is the engine that drives the city. While Lexington was hit hard by the recession, the Strike and Spare survived while many alleys across the country did not. Jobs are slowly coming back and Brad is hoping the bowlers as well. 

     
  8. A few weeks ago I hit the road with my good friend Al to start work on a project photographing bowling alleys across America. The Midwest felt like a good place for us to start.

    Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing images and stories about the places we went, what we saw and who we met.

    Thanks for checking them out!

     
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  10. "IT’S NOT FOR SALE, FRANCIS!" 

    Lexington, NE 2014

     
  11. Rachel at the beach house in South Carolina last weekend.

     
  12. Kyle at my house last week.

     
  13. Howard Beach snapshots from yesterday.

     
  14. Here are the first four images from a new project I’ve been working on called “¡Amigos Picante!” Photographing my friends with their favorite hot sauce. Hoping to add a few more this month! Thanks!

    www.davidswilliamsphotography.com 

     
  15. World Cup 2014 in Brooklyn.