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1947 Toledo vs 2015 CA Bay Area


By jonnyo

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    From an article in the Billboard Feb 22, 1947:

    In 1947 it cost $100 per year per machine for an operator to get a pinball license. Running that through an inflation calculator, that's $1,060.98 in today's dollars!

    Toledo had 1100 licensed pinball machines throughout the city (and likely quite a few more underground) with an approximate population of 290,000. That's about twice as many machines as in the entire greater CA Bay Area today, which includes over 60 cities and a population of over 6 million. That's about forty times more pinball games per person.

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    #2 4 years ago

    Yeah but those machines were more akin to slots than games for pure entertainment. They probably raked in a lot more dough.

    #3 4 years ago
    Quoted from SealClubber:

    Yeah but those machines were more akin to slots than games for pure entertainment. They probably raked in a lot more dough.

    Yes, all flipperless back then, and a huge chunk of them likely for gambling. It's no surprise even after flippers that lots of the big names continued to tempt the law with Bingos.

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