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Brownie’s Nine Pins Bowling Game. New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1890s.

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These bowling pins come from a set of nine issued by McLoughlin Brothers at the turn of the century.  The figures are based on small, fairy-like characters invented and drawn by Canadian artist and author Palmer Cox in 1879.  In 1881, the Brownies appeared with poems and stories that circulated in illustrated periodicals across the United States. The adventures of these mischievous little men of all nationalities quickly became an international phenomenon. 

Adopted by Justin G. Schiller

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