Buffalo in the 60’s: Big business in bowling shirts

By Steve Cichon

We Buffalonians don’t bowl anywhere near as much as we used to. Even though most of our blue-collar jobs have been gone for decades,  we still consider ourselves a blue-collar town, and we still sentimentally feel a link to the blue collar game our parents and grandparents played.

Bowling was a game that was as much about smoking and drinking and socializing as it was about rolling a ball down the lane.

As we watch bowling alleys regularly close around the region, it’s fun to look back to a time 55 years ago, when it wasn’t just bowling alleys that were plentiful: On August 28, 1960, the pages of The News had no fewer than five decent-sized ads for custom bowling shirts.

17 aug 1960 nat nast bowling shorts at Laux

23 aug 1960 Bowling shirt Buffalo rubber supply

23 aug 1960 bowling shorts dekdebruns

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.