Rainbo, Arc en Ciel, Spry Ball - pinballs

Show us what you found. Make us jealous!
Guest
Posts: 22
Joined: Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:05 pm

Rainbo, Arc en Ciel, Spry-Ball, Tura-Ball pinballs

Post by Guest »

Win-A-Gum & Arc en Ciel
Attachments
WRFG.jpg
arc-en-ciel.jpg
User avatar
badpenny
Forum Moderator
Posts: 6885
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 12:41 pm
Location: East Midlands

Rainbo, Arc en Ciel, Spry Ball - pinballs

Post by badpenny »

If my Spanish holds up arc en ciel means arch in the heaven/sky so I guess that's a rainbow? :???:
User avatar
JC
Posts: 987
Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2006 10:38 pm
Location: Kent
Contact:

Post by JC »

Hello Lee

I guess you're refering to two machines on ebay at the moment. The Arc en Ciel is an early example of what would evolve into what we now know as pinball. My knowledge of these machines is vague, so I'll leave that to someone else.

The Rowntree's Fruit Gum is an Oliver Whales allwin dating from sometime in the mid fifties, and this type of machine would have been popular in arcades right through the 1960s. The vendor dates it as c1940, which is incorrect. Caution is required with some descriptions of machines on ebay, which can range from slightly inaccurate to damn right wrong! In fairness, (with the exception of the date) the vendor has not misrepresented this particular machine, and has added a note that he believes it to be original. As for as I can see from the pictures, it would appear to be entirely original, and in quite good condition.

Hope this has helped

Jerry :D
User avatar
badpenny
Forum Moderator
Posts: 6885
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 12:41 pm
Location: East Midlands

Post by badpenny »

AH.......... French eh? I stand corrupted. My language teacher always said I was fluent in gibberish!
pennymachines
Site Admin
Posts: 5901
Joined: Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:12 am
Location: The Black Country

Post by pennymachines »

Arc en Ciel (arc in the sky) is a version of the 1932 Rainbo pintable by Keeney and Sons of Chicago, probably made the same year, possibly by (or under licence to) Keeney for the French market.

The bold, colourful playfield with it's simple layout and the absence of integral legs is typical of a "first generation" pinball. By 1933 legs were standard and playfield features were becoming more sophisticated.

It's much earlier than the Rowntree's Fruit Gum, arguably more interesting and rarer (although made in far greater numbers originally) but would normally sell for rather less. Collectors tend to prefer payout or prize-giving games that don't take so much floor space.
junior
Posts: 177
Joined: Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:33 pm

Spry-Ball pinball

Post by junior »

Topic merged - Site Admin.

Hi, I came across this Spry Ball today. I would be grateful for any information on this machine. It doesn't work. Can you tell me what's missing, age? It's on 1d, Midland Components, Ltd., Coventry, Patents Pending - that's all I've got. Help !PUZZLED!
widget2k4
Posts: 1385
Joined: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:32 am

Re: SPRY-BALL pin ball

Post by widget2k4 »

No picture?
junior
Posts: 177
Joined: Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:33 pm

Re: SPRY-BALL pin ball

Post by junior »

That would help,
Attachments
IMG_0427a.jpg
IMG_0426a.jpg
IMG_0425a.jpg
IMG_0424a.jpg
IMG_0423a.jpg
IMG_0422a.jpg
pennymachines
Site Admin
Posts: 5901
Joined: Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:12 am
Location: The Black Country

Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Post by pennymachines »

Here's the IPDB page:
Made 1933... 10 balls for 1 English penny. The game pictured here is missing its legs and a stick of wood was later attached to the cabinet bottom to provide playfield slant. The cabinet measures 32 inches long (not including the ball plunger assembly), 20 inches wide, and 14 inches high at the front end.
It appears to be a British clone of Keeney & Son's very popular Rainbo pinball of 1932, with exactly the same playfield layout. I used to have a different British clone of this game, which even imitated Rainbo's paintwork.
junior
Posts: 177
Joined: Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:33 pm

Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Post by junior »

Spry-Ball is now working. Only 6 balls not 10. Thanks for information.
Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest