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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.
1947 Humpty Dumpty
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