The first pinball machine ever


WORLD'S FIRST
PINBALL MACHINE

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What is the world's first pinball machine?

Pinball evolved from an game called bagatelle which was played on a billiards table.

In 1871 Montague Redgrave received a patent for a new and improved version of bagatelle played on a pinball-like device.

In 1931 Automatic Industries released 'Whiffle' which is widely recognized as the world's first pinball machine. It was the first to incorporate a coin acceptor.

In 1933 Pacific Amusements Co. released 'Contact', the first electric pinball machine and the first one with the electric bells that filled pool halls and arcades for years to come. Contact was designed by Harry E. Williams, whose company, Williams, went on to become perhaps the largest pinball designing and manufacturing company in the world.

In 1936 Bally introduced 'Bumper', the first pinball machine to keep score.

The final major transformation into the game we know and love today came in 1947 when Gottlieb released 'Humpty Dumpty' which became the first pinball machine to use flippers.

1931 Whiffle

1947 Humpty Dumpty

The first pinball machine ever

The first pinball machine ever

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