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  • #184517
    Tom
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    Without looking up on the internet…..What was the first real coin operated pinball game and where was it made?  Anyone know without looking?  If you know don’t give it away but my next wip is was built less than a year later!  and in my hometown!

    #184519
    CarnyPriest
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    According to IPDB

    https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1

    #184525
    Tom
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    Nope, and no cheating.  No Internet to find the answer.  Everyone on this site should know this answer.  Its like asking a car guy, who is the father of the modern day automobile or a gun guy, who was the father of the assault rifle.  If you love pinball, we should all know the history.

     

    If I remember right where you live, @jfr1, you should know this!

     

     

    #184526
    Onevox
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    My guess is BaffleBall, but only because that’s the oldest one I can name. I used to enjoy on MS pinball. And it would be Chicago for BB.

    Onevox

     

    #184532
    CarnyPriest
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    #184535
    Thalamus
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    To answer that question. You have to define better what pinball is. Randr alreeady made Humpty Dumpty. If I remember correctly, it is the first machine with flippers.

    #184552
    Tom
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    Yes you are correct thalamus, and “Real” is a very loose term.  Bagatelle pinball variants have been around fo hundreds of years.  I am assuming”they” mean the first coin operated game.

    This is where it gets tricky @rooster, Baffle ball is very close, same year, 1931, but now we have to narrow down to months or even weeks.  This is why I love pinball, and it has nothing to do with the flashing lights and pictures on the screens.  The history to me is so incredibly interesting

    #184553
    Tom
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    @jfr1, you from Cleveland?

    #184655
    Onevox
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    I took a swing and whiffed. Then cheated cause I wanted to read about it. :)

    Onevox

     

    #184675
    JR
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    So…Cleveland has something to do with the first COIN operated pin?  That’s intriguing.  Moloney was from Cleveland?  Or the guy that made the M1?  I do know, as my High School is named after Charles F Brush – – fighting Arcs!  that he invented the lights first used to electrically light streets.  First stop light was invented here as well.  And the lamp-glass division of GE which was sadly just sold off is headquartered here at Nela Park.   My dad worked for GE here in Cleveland for 50 years eventually heading their r&d and garnered countless patents including for the quartz tubing that made Lucalox/high pressure sodium bulbs viable to make – so Cleveland was the first place to have those amber street lights as well.       …what were we talking about??

    #184676
    Tom
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    about 80 miles southeast.  Nothing that good ever came out of Cleveland, except the Ravens when they left, lol.  That hurt.

    #184678
    Crakkers
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    @crakkers

    about 80 miles southeast

    Youngstown?

    #184679
    Tom
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    @armyaviation
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    Bam, Youngstown, OH.  Home of Al Bundy, the first coin operated pinball game, Jim Trafficant, The Youngstown Tune up and yours truly.  If you dont know what a Youngstown Tune Up is, oh boy your in for a treat of a story…

    #184695
    JR
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    First coin-op pin was from Youngstown?  That is weird!  Almost as weird as Trafficant’s wig was.  So you must be familiar with Nodays pizza and deli!  As long as we’re just chatting – I think Ozzie Newsome and what he did for the Ravens is a special thing that came out of Cleveland.  As is Halle Berry ;)    and Superman.

    #184697
    Tom
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    Double post

     

     

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by Tom.
    #184698
    Crakkers
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    Home of Al Bundy, the first coin operated pinball game, Jim Trafficant, The Youngstown Tune up and yours truly.

    I’ve learned something today. Sounds like a weird town……..I like it!

    Jimbo sounded like an interesting character….. and yeah, brilliant wig! As for the Youngstown Tune-up – I don’t think I’d want any of those ‘mechanics’ working on my cars, but it’s a great phrase.

    Still haven’t nailed which pinball game you’re taking about, but I’ve got a shortlist – breaking the rules of course by searching various websites.

    Edit: I need to learn to look before I leap…….or learn how to type faster!

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by Crakkers.
    #184699
    Tom
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    So the correct answer is Whiffle by Automatic Industries in early 1931.  Here is a pinside article of it.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/1931-automatic-industries-whiffle-the-1st-pinball-machine

     

    I bought a pin in Youngstown on Craigslist a couple years ago that I was able to identify and restore to excellent condition.  It’s a 1932  Bunnyboard by Marble Games Company.  They started making them in late 31 and changed the table slightly in 1932.  There was a write up in the pinball encyclopedia and I retyped it so it could be read easier.  Very interesting times In history and everyone should Be aware of where and how pinball tables cane to existence

    Bunnyboard wip is inprogress and almost done.  I will post the article in the release.

     

     

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    #184703
    Tom
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    Here is whiffle, very similar

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    #184705
    Tom
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    D37BCD0C-49BE-43F6-8A41-EF77D4C03E114F940F1A-6C03-4213-87DE-B6567776ABB5

    #184718
    JR
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    @jfr1
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    So Whiffle was the first coin op pin?!  And you’re working to bring a Bunnyboard to vpx life?  Cool!      as a sidebar note – you brought notice to Y-town, and had a new poster named Crakkers  suddenly chime in.  Hmmm…

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