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70 years ago today..............

By DennisDodel

3 years ago


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    #1 3 years ago

    .........and nothing posted yet (that I can find) on the worlds largest pinball site.

    #2 3 years ago

    Pablo Picaso was born. His art might have given inspiration for Spanish Eyes backglass.

    LTG : )

    #3 3 years ago

    Invention of the flipper!

    First appeared on Humpty Dumpty.

    #5 3 years ago
    Quoted from bingopodcast:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/happy-70th-anniversary-to-the-flipper
    The 25th was the release date for Humpty Dumpty. Would love to play another one day.

    Well this could be your lucky day! There is one for sale Calgary Alberta. On Kijiji, and it looks like it has been restored.

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    #6 3 years ago

    Haha, I love the disclaimer Darcy. A bit far for me!

    #7 3 years ago

    And this topic has been pinned! Thanks robin !

    Happy (Production) Flipper Day,
    Ryan

    #8 3 years ago

    Was about to post this on the EM sub-forum, but just caught it here.
    http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=Humpty+Dumpty&search=Search+Database&searchtype=quick#1254
    The day pinball changed forever!

    #9 3 years ago

    Soon we will be able to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the pop (or as it was called thumper) bumper too.

    #10 3 years ago

    I wonder how many quarters that first flipper has been responsible for consuming? Staggering I bet. It's like the big bang* of our hobby?

    (*or Adam and Eve, whichever you subscribe to)

    #11 3 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Soon we will be able to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the pop (or as it was called thumper) bumper too.

    Cool. When was it?

    #12 3 years ago

    I thought it was October 22nd, 1947?? Was my party three days early?? unigroove posted these images a few days ago.

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    #13 3 years ago
    Quoted from SDTMinSTL:

    I wonder how many quarters that first flipper has been responsible for consuming? Staggering I bet. It's like the big bang* of our hobby?
    (*or Adam and Eve, whichever you subscribe to)

    Probably none. The coin slides used on pins back then generally took nickles.

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    #14 3 years ago

    This is my favorite piece of pinball paperwork that I own. It was part of the original Humpty Dumpty paperwork given to operators.

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    #15 3 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Soon we will be able to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the pop (or as it was called thumper) bumper too.

    And, as Williams called it, the Jet Bumper.

    #16 3 years ago
    Quoted from Shapeshifter:

    This is my favorite piece of pinball paperwork that I own. It was part of the original Humpty Dumpty paperwork given to operators.

    Where'd ya find this cool doc?

    #17 3 years ago

    Bought a box of paperwork ( paid too much as 95% I didn't want ) but it had this with a Humpty Dumpty Schematic.

    So, accidental find and don't think the seller even realized the significance so it was a nice surprise as I had already regretted buying the box until I opened it and found this!

    #18 3 years ago
    Quoted from Shapeshifter:

    This is my favorite piece of pinball paperwork that I own. It was part of the original Humpty Dumpty paperwork given to operators.

    I still see players to this day that could use the exact thing explained to them!

    Very cool piece!

    #19 3 years ago
    Quoted from jlm33:

    Cool. When was it?

    October 30, 1948

    I only mentioned it because where would pinball have gone without one or the other.

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    Quoted from SDTMinSTL:

    I wonder how many quarters that first flipper has been responsible for consuming?

    Nickels my friend, nickels.

    #20 3 years ago

    Having a bat on the playfield to hit the ball wasn't exactly a new concept when Humpty Dumpty came out.

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    #21 3 years ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    That must have been an exciting day at the arcade, LTG.

    #22 3 years ago

    Pop quiz - what is the pinball with the highest production numbers?

    #23 3 years ago
    Quoted from snakesnsparklers:

    Pop quiz - what is the pinball with the highest production numbers?

    Highest on record would be Ballyhoo, I believe, with 50,000 units made.

    #24 3 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Having a bat on the playfield to hit the ball wasn't exactly a new concept when Humpty Dumpty came out.

    Harry Mabs supposedly got the idea for the flipper from the bat on pitch and bat machines.

    #25 3 years ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Harry Mabs supposedly got the idea for the flipper from the bat on pitch and bat machines.

    Yep. It seems Harry had a bit to do with other great features that appeared on pinball games as well.

    #26 3 years ago
    Quoted from snakesnsparklers:

    Pop quiz - what is the pinball with the highest production numbers?

    Id go rockola world's series. Numbers are estimated to be in the 70k range

    --Jeff
    https://www.facebook.com/prewarpinball

    #27 3 years ago
    Quoted from way2wyrd:

    Id go rockola world's series. Numbers are estimated to be in the 70k range
    --Jeff
    https://www.facebook.com/prewarpinball

    I agree, it's a contender. It was so anticipated, that riots broke out at delaerships to get a look at it.

    At peak production, 1,200 were made a day. You read that right. 1,200 a day!

    #28 3 years ago

    I can fully understand the not needing to keep records of how many of a certain title were made or sold, but sometimes I get a little curious when I come across one of the rarer ones.

    #29 3 years ago
    Quoted from o-din:

    Having a bat on the playfield to hit the ball wasn't exactly a new concept when Humpty Dumpty came out.

    Correct, there were quite a lot of pitch n bat games prior, plus a few bagatelles / "pinballs" with bats/flippers on them prior to Humpty Dumpty, but the main difference is that all the previous ones were purely mechanical, they were not too popular as they were usually considered slow and sluggish to control. Humpty Dumpty introduced electro-mechanical flippers which were very sensitive and an instant reaction in comparison to anything previously made, this of course as we know became very popular very quickly and paved they way for modern pinball.

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