Mr. Raymond Watts sent me an email on Jan 15, 2006 with a link to a very interesting 1937 Bally Pin:
From Ray: Looks like Bally had the in-line games long before United....
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On Carson’s Site I also saw this pin listed as both a 1931 and a 1939 – Anyway you slice it, I bet $74.50 was a pretty large chunk of change to initially kick out for a pinball!! Attached is an excerpt from a Russ Jensen article, so it’s a pretty safe assumption that 1937 was the correct year:
These two photos are credited on the IPDB Site to Russ Jensen (of course)
Notice the playfield with 25 Holes:
Both of these pictures from John Gray are much larger then this if you want to use them and blow them up
- Pinball Scoring Themes -
Before leaving the mid-Thirties one other pinball scoring theme should be mentioned, although at that time it was only used a few times, but was revived in the 1950's as we will see later. That theme was "in-line" scoring.
Possibly the earliest pingame to employ this theme was Pacific Amusement's LITE-A-LINE which appeared on the market in late 1934. This game had a circular playfield containing 25 holes numbered "1" through "25". The backglass had three 5 by 5 number patterns similar to a "bingo card". The player "bought" 1, 2, or all cards by depositing coins in three separate coin chutes (one for each card). In order to win the player had to light a row of 5 numbers on the selected card(s).
Two later games with this theme were Keeney's KEEN-O from Spring of 1937, and Bally's LINE-UP later that same year. KEEN-O had one 5 by 5 card on its backglass with a center "free spot" replacing the number "13". Numbered spring bumpers on the playfield would each light one (and in a few cases two) numbers on the card. In order to win the player again had to complete a five number line on the card (which could include the "free spot").
Bally's LINE-UP had a similar "bingo card" on its backglass, but the playfield contained a 5 by 5 array of holes in
the exact same pattern as the backglass card. We shall see later that a similar game format became very popular in the 1950's.
In a later page on “In Line” games I will share some more on the Keeney machine.
Based upon this bad Boy, it looks like it was a simple step for Bally to move to the Bingo Concept of the 50s, 60s, and 70s!
Or should I say “move back to”!!
…a couple of these have popped up for sale here in 2016, unfortunately the sellers didn’t share the best pictures possible,
…although not perfect, these four are great though, in color, a nice close up of the top arch, and finally a good look at the scoring instructions,
Created on 03-12-2007 _ Last update 10-07-2019