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Pinball articles in old magazines and newspapers


By DennisDodel

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    Someone in another thread was looking for a pinball article called "The Lure Of Pinball" that was published in the October 1957 issue of Harper's magazine. I happen to have that issue and posted a copy of the article there.
    I have some other old magazine and newspaper articles that are pinball related. Some go way back to 1935. Someone else posted that they have quite a treasure trove of this stuff. Others have said that they would enjoy looking at these. It's interesting to see how pinball has been perceived by the public over the years.
    I will post articles as I have time and look forward to any and all contributions. Good bathroom reading! Post away!

    Following is the Harper's article. "The Lure Of Pinball" by Julius Segal. October, 1957. Page 44.

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    #2 4 years ago

    "Watching The Marbles Roll" Readers Digest. June, 1935. Page 51. Originally published as "The Public Plunges Again" in Vanity Fair magazine. May, 1935. ( Sorry for the crappy images. I am pretty much computer illiterate.)

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    #3 4 years ago

    There was an article in Playboy back around 1975 which had a pinball story featuring a Williams Superstar.

    #4 4 years ago

    Guy playing pinball in that article looks like dude from despicable me!!gru.jpg

    #5 4 years ago

    A few of the oldies. I have most of these but none of the government ones at the bottom.
    And the *'d ones are not specific to pinball per se.

    >>> PLEASE MAKE REQUESTS IF ANY OF THESE ARE INTERESTING <<<

    * The Nation 77(1989) :August 1903 Chateau Bagatelle 132-133 About the history of Chateau Bagatelle. No mention of pinball, but this place is historically relevant to pinball (according to Pinball 1 by Bueschel)

    * Playground :March 1926 Rules for Pinball: As played by the public schools athletic association, Paterson, New Jersey 673-674 Not about pinball but rather about a playground game resembling basketball and bowling with the same name.

    Popular Mechanics LXVII(2) :February 1937 Trip'Em--A Home Pinball Game For Two Players 278-280 Make your own bagatelle game... Schematics to make this bagatelle.

    Public Management XXIV :April 1942 Pinball Machines Held Gambling Devices by Two Courts

    Reader's Digest 40(242) :June 1942 Pin-Money Plungers Githens, Perry 18-20 Condensed from the Baltimore Sunday Sun... Very propagandish article about pinball being a gambling game... an run by criminals...

    Saturday Evening Post CCXI(45) :May. 13, 1939 Ten Billion Nickels Lubell, Samuel 12-13, 38, 40, 43 About Legal Issues/mostly gambling... very intelligent. Great article... historical. Possibly biased but more than likely true to life at those times

    Time 29(4) :January 25, 1937 Nickel Games 58, 59 About a coin-op show in 1937 or 1936?

    New York Times :November 19, 1941 Test Case to Outlaw Pinball in the State Causes Conviction of 2 Persons in Queens p. 25:2

    New York Times :December 28, 1941 'Politician' Linked to Pinball Games p. 25:3

    New York Times :January 22, 1942 Police Open Raids on Pinball Games pp. 19:5, 23 About police confiscating pins the day after they were deemed illegal.

    New York Times :February 1, 1942 3261 Pinball Machines Siezed p. 32:8 Very brief blurb about the seizing of pinball machines after being declared illegal.

    New York Times :February 22, 1942 Pinballs to Go Into War Effort p. 30:2 About LaGuardia using pinball remains for war production

    New York Times :October 17, 1942 Mayor's Ire Turns On Pinball Games p. '17:2

    * New York Times :November 24, 1942 p. '8:5 About slot machine remains being used for WW2 War Effort (Lights used in a map to show location of troops).

    New York Times :March 7, 1943 Pinball Boards to Train Flyers p. 34 Army wants pinball machines for Technical Training!!!

    Kentucky Legislative Research Commision Pinball Machines :1958 58-62724

    New York (City) Dept. of Investigation Operation of Pinball Machines in the city of New York :1941 43-9817 or HV6721.N5 A5 1941

    Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs Texas Legislature Senate Texas Amusement Machine Commission and the Amusement Machine Industry, Final Report :1975 76-621367 r88

    United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. 86th Congress, first session :June 2-4, 8-11, 1959

    #6 4 years ago

    I would be interested in reading the June 1942 Readers Digest article. But anything really. Thanks for posting this.
    Not a lot of history buffs here I guess.
    Tomorrow morning I will post an article from 1942 that features photos taken of the assembly line inside the Bally plant.

    #7 4 years ago
    Quoted from tiesmasc:

    New York Times :March 7, 1943 Pinball Boards to Train Flyers p. 34 Army wants pinball machines for Technical Training!!!

    This sounds interesting...

    #9 4 years ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    I would be interested in reading the June 1942 Readers Digest article. But anything really. Thanks for posting this.

    Attached below.

    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Not a lot of history buffs here I guess.

    Or perhaps a silent majority Really, I'd guess it is a minority but still probably >30% of pinside who is interested in this. It actually would be really cool if you could see how many people "read" a posting rather than just who posts to it. (I think I'll put in a feature request for that.)

    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Tomorrow morning I will post an article from 1942 that features photos taken of the assembly line inside the Bally plant.

    Cool. I look forward to it!

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    #10 4 years ago
    Quoted from tiesmasc:

    New York Times :March 7, 1943 Pinball Boards to Train Flyers p. 34 Army wants pinball machines for Technical Training!!!

    Quoted from r6emperor:

    This sounds interesting...

    I have a photocopy. I'll try to upload tonight or tomorrow.

    #11 4 years ago

    '$25,000,000 NICKEL BUSINESS'

    FRIDAY magazine
    April 11, 1941. Page 24

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    #12 4 years ago

    "The public likes a new game a week and wears out a game in three months"

    Wow.

    Another thing I always wondered was why 1 1/16" balls? Maybe a bearing salesman was pressured into dumping an overstock of that peticular size onto (early pinball manufacturer) and that just became the standard?

    #13 4 years ago

    I remember reading that. Thanks for posting.

    #14 4 years ago

    I had one from Popular Science that was the ad for Fireball Home Edition. The next page was a 'computer' the size of a desk. I'll dig it up and scan it. So cool to look at that old stuff.

    #15 4 years ago
    Quoted from tiesmasc:

    Attached below.

    Or perhaps a silent majority Really, I'd guess it is a minority but still probably >30% of pinside who is interested in this. It actually would be really cool if you could see how many people "read" a posting rather than just who posts to it. (I think I'll put in a feature request for that.)

    Cool. I look forward to it!

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    Great article! Thanks for posting. Looking forward to more.

    Tomorrows reprint will be from Peek Magazine. Feb. 1942. 'Pin-Ball Mania'.

    #16 4 years ago
    Quoted from AZDbacker:

    I had one from Popular Science that was the ad for Fireball Home Edition. The next page was a 'computer' the size of a desk. I'll dig it up and scan it. So cool to look at that old stuff.

    I do not have that issue. Looking forward to seeing it. Thanks in advance for contributing.

    #17 4 years ago

    'PIN-BALL MANIA'

    Peek Magazine
    Feb. 1942. Page 4

    That woman is having WAY too much fun with that pinball leg!

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    #18 4 years ago

    'PINBALL, SUPER CREATION' By Ted Hodges

    El Burro Magazine
    April-May 1949 Page 22

    El Burro was the University of Texas student magazine. Here is a link to more info. on the magazine. http://transformations.utep.edu/?p=1592

    Anyone know what game is shown in the article?

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    #19 4 years ago

    I just noticed that the author mentions a game called 'Lulu' in the article. There is a game called 'Lulu', but it was released in 1954, five years after the article was published. Probably just a coincidence, but maybe Harry Williams read the article and picked up the name.

    #20 4 years ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Anyone know what game is shown in the article?

    I'd guess Williams El Paso.

    #21 4 years ago
    Quoted from DirtFlipper:

    I'd guess Williams El Paso.

    Hah! Too funny! The obvious choice, as El Paso is where the magazine and article both originated. Plus, the game had just come out a few months before the article was written. Somehow I missed this one after poring over the lists.
    Nice job Dirtflipper! Thanks!

    #22 4 years ago

    'PINBALL PETE' Fiction by Lee Eisenberg

    The American Legion Magazine
    March 1950 Page 11

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    #23 4 years ago
    Quoted from tiesmasc:

    I have a photocopy. I'll try to upload tonight or tomorrow.

    Sorry... running a bit late on the NYT article. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow now.

    Until then here's another one from Psychological Reports volume 71, 1992, pages 160-162 about Pinball Addiction!

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    #24 4 years ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Someone in another thread was looking for a pinball article called "The Lure Of Pinball" that was published in the October 1957 issue of Harper's magazine. I happen to have that issue and posted a copy of the article there.
    I have some other old magazine and newspaper articles that are pinball related. Some go way back to 1935. Someone else posted that they have quite a treasure trove of this stuff. Others have said that they would enjoy looking at these. It's interesting to see how pinball has been perceived by the public over the years.
    I will post articles as I have time and look forward to any and all contributions. Good bathroom reading! Post away!
    Following is the Harper's article. "The Lure Of Pinball" by Julius Segal. October, 1957. Page 44.

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    Cool drawings.
    Thanks for posting!

    #25 4 years ago

    'MADAM MAYOR SAYS NO TO GAMBLING'
    'Portland's Dorothy Lee is a thorough house cleaner'

    Pathfinder News Magazine
    October 3, 1951
    Page 44

    There is just a passing mention of pinball in this article. Mostly about slots and such, but I know there are a lot of pinball guys in Portland so I thought I would include this article. I would be interested in hearing if the mayor actually kept her promise to "Pledge war against Portland's prostitutes, pinball machines and dog races". Sounds like an old Country-Western song title.

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    #26 4 years ago

    I love reading this stuff. In fact, I'd happily buy a book that was compendium of such articles.

    #27 4 years ago

    I have an old high school yearbook someplace from 1949, where each of the students is supposed to say their favorite pastime among other things, and there were many students that said playing pinball or pin-games. Both male and females. Ill see if I can find that and post some pics

    #28 4 years ago

    New York Times :March 7, 1943 Pinball Boards to Train Flyers p. 34 Army wants pinball machines for Technical Training!!!

    Very short and basically says Army wants pinball machines (to convert into trainers for pilots)
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    #29 4 years ago

    'UNGUNCHABLE HARRY, KING OF THE PINS' by J.P. Cahn

    True Magazine
    August, 1960
    Page 54

    I've seen this article re-printed many times, but it's one of my favorites.

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    #30 4 years ago

    And here's one for fun... cross-posted to rare pinball items thread also.

    In case you ever wondered about the history of Deathball 2000
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    #31 4 years ago
    Quoted from tiesmasc:

    And here's one for fun... cross-posted to rare pinball items thread also.
    In case you ever wondered about the history of Deathball 2000
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    Thanks for posting that. I have a copy of a copy, etc. that is missing the bottom half. I always wondered what "magazine" it came from. Too funny!

    #32 4 years ago

    Something a bit more modern and local to where I live.

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    #33 4 years ago

    'The Inside Of The Pinball Game' By Bernard Asbell

    Harper's Magazine
    January, 1963
    Page 20

    A visit to the Gottlieb plant. A rare upbeat, positive article with commentary from David & Alvin Gottlieb and Wayne Neyens.

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    #34 4 years ago

    Thanks. I am really enjoying these.

    #35 4 years ago

    From the October 28th, 1980 "Lakeland Ledger" newspaper. About the winner of the 1980 US Pinball Open.

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    #36 4 years ago
    Quoted from tiesmasc:

    Something a bit more modern and local to where I live.

    Paul looks so young. And more looks like Lyman playing style than his.

    LTG : )™

    #37 4 years ago

    'Nobody Loves Pinball Machines Except Everybody' By Robert Wylie

    Coronet Magazine
    February 1964
    Page 99

    Nothing too exciting here, but the article is generally upbeat. Look who's in the last photo. I wonder whatever became of that guy?

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    #38 4 years ago

    'EXPOSING THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PINBALL RACKET' By Alex Dunning

    Men Magazine
    May 1965
    Page 26

    Some truth. Some fiction. The ads are interesting.

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    #39 4 years ago

    'PINBALL: THE ONLY GAME THAT PLAYS YOU' By Tom French

    Dude Magazine
    November 1968
    Page 29

    Pretty good article.

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    #40 4 years ago

    'A Walk Down Pinball Way' By Roger Sharpe Photos by Jim Hamilton

    CRAWDADDY
    August 1976
    Page 49

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    #41 4 years ago

    'PINBALL IS BACK!'

    Dynamite Magazine
    May, 1977
    Page 10

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    #42 4 years ago
    Quoted from WaddleJrJr:

    ...About the winner of the 1980 US Pinball Open. [in Hartford, CT]

    I attended that event!

    Count me as one of the people enjoying this thread. Anyone who sees an article in a current magazine is encouraged to post the citation in a thread here, preferably while we still have time to get our own copies. I suggest using the words "magazine sighting" in the subject line.
    .................David Marston

    #43 4 years ago
    Quoted from dmarston:

    I attended that event!
    Count me as one of the people enjoying this thread. Anyone who sees an article in a current magazine is encouraged to post the citation in a thread here, preferably while we still have time to get our own copies. I suggest using the words "magazine sighting" in the subject line.
    .................David Marston

    Good to hear from you Dave. I'm glad you are enjoying this. Great idea on the new stuff.
    Not much happening with this thread but I've been trying for a long time to find a place to unload this stuff for future collectors interested in the history of the game and also discover what old articles other collectors might have . As good of a place as any I guess. Maybe if I add some led's and turn this into a fancy video some of the new guys might venture in! I'm kidding! I'm kidding! ;-0

    #44 4 years ago

    Just a couple of short articles today.
    Has everyone seen the 2-3 pinball articles from Playboy Magazine? They have been reprinted a hundred times, but if anyone is interested I will post them.

    'Pinball Lives!'

    Newsweek
    May 30, 1977
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    '1941: JUST SAY NO TO PINBALL'

    Philadelphia Magazine
    July 1988
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    #45 4 years ago

    Not sure why that article came up twice, but as I mentioned before, I'm pretty much computer illiterate. Sorry about that.

    #46 4 years ago

    Here are a couple of articles and cover from High Times July 1979 issue.

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    #47 4 years ago

    One of my favorites. Thanks for posting Pinwiztom.

    #48 4 years ago

    'Where All the Quarters Go' By Bill Baro

    Newsweek
    December 5. 1988
    Page 76

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    #49 4 years ago

    Thank you Dennis for this thread. These articles have been fascinating. Not hard to grasp why pinball has had a bad rep for so long. Still, these would be great articles to put over urinals at a pinball show venue...

    #50 4 years ago

    Ha! Good idea Cody. The 'Deathball 2000' article would be perfect.
    I'm glad you are enjoying this.

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