June 12, 2019: Who’s Up for Bowling?

American Bowling Congress award certificate presented to Eberle Hardware for the 1956-1957 season.

I am always interested in finding items that seem random, but are nonetheless fascinating. Today I found an award certificate from the American Bowling Congress for Eberle Hardware in Bloomington. Eberle Hardware won the local league championship for the 1956-1957 season.

Since I collect baseball cards, I found similarities between the cards I collect and this certificate. In addition to my internship this summer, I have been writing a paper detailing the historical value of the information featured on sports cards. Similar to cards, this certificate chronicles a team achievement, in this case Eberle Hardware’s championship, and serves to document how people pass the time.

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