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1946-1959: Dispatches from Syracuse's 'War on Pinball'




“Heat applied to gamblers and the gambling element in Syracuse finally ‘melted’ the last opposition,” the Post-Standard reported in May 3, 1959.


Trucks, loaded with pinball machines, jammed the highways the day before looking to get out of town in a hurry.



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“Mystery cloaked the maneuver,” the Post-Standard said, and police were baffled how hundreds of machines were loaded onto trucks with little fanfare and driven out of the county without the police finding out.


City Hall did not care and did not ask any questions. They were elated.


On May 7, 150 of the machines were discovered in a warehouse in Weedsport.


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