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From 1800 to 1970

Pinball has a rich history that dates back to the 18th century, although it didn't take its modern form until the mid-20th century. Here's a brief history of pinball:


Origins (18th Century): The origins of pinball can be traced back to games like billiards and bagatelle in the 18th century. These games involved using a stick to hit balls or objects into holes or pockets, similar to the basic concept of pinball. Its distant cousin, bagatelle, is basically a wooden table with pins and a cue stick to guide the ball. The idea was simple - sink the ball into pockets or holes for points, much like early pinball's gameplay.


Pinball Emerges (1930s): Pinball, as we know it, came to life in the 1930s. These early machines were a fascinating blend of art and mechanics. They featured spring-loaded plungers, bumpers, and, of course, the iconic metal pins on the playing field. The game became known as "pinball," inspired by those metal pins.


The Age of Innovation (1940s-1950s): The '40s and '50s saw pinball machines transform dramatically. Lights, sound effects, and electric bumpers were added, elevating the game's excitement. The true game-changer, though, was the introduction of flippers in 1947's "Humpty Dumpty," which turned pinball into a skill-based pursuit.


Legal Battles (1940s-1970s): Pinball's journey wasn't all smooth sailing. It was accused of being associated with gambling and banned in some places like New York City. Legal battles erupted between pinball manufacturers and authorities, painting the game as ‘a rebel with a cause’.

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