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Pinball Machines

Pinball pre-history starts with stones rolled at troughs in the sand, but 15th century billiards and bagatelle tables, where the holes or cups were ascribed values and guarded by pins, are the real ancestors of the modern machine. As early as 1878 a British patent was granted for a coin-operated version, but it was Bally Manufacturing Co. of Chicago's Ballyhoo of 1931 that headed the craze that swept America at the start of the depression years and triggered the rapid evolution of the game through automatic scoring, anti-cheat devices, lighting and sound effects, solenoid bumpers and flippers. Post 1930s British pintables largely emulated American designs, but lack of production scale prevented them from competing on price and as the game became more complex, indigenous production ceased.

Skittle Alley

Mono Rail Skittle Alley

Magnificent early "pintable" with cabriolet legs. Insert penny to release the balls, lift a ball to the top of the tube and release it down the rail towards the skittles. Controls at the front adjust the position at the end of the track and reset the skittles.


Silver Cup

Silver Cup

Typical British Pintable of the early 1930s with automatic mechanical scoring, Silver Cup bonus holes and flip-down lids.