Ira Mency: Pinball Wizard, Trash Finds, It's Baltimore
Hon, Anything Goes Bally Fun Spot 1960
I could not believe the playfield graphics were in perfect
When I first moved into my home 13 years ago, the highlight of
my month was the third Tuesday of each month wherein we had something called
" bulk trash pickup. " At the time you could sit up to
three items curbside and the city would remove it as part of your taxes
that you pay. A few years ago they changed that to "call in
appointment only" and then eventually, it went away altogether.
I had to look twice when I saw this sitting with original
ephemera on it.
Trust and believe that was ONE of my original deciding factors
when 13 years ago I decided to move in the city. I'm not ashamed to
say I am a "certified and qualified" trash picker. I'm not
ashamed to admit it. The money you have spent on decor, and furnishings I
have saved by "picking". I think 70% of my house
furnishings, and decor came from curbside. They say trash is treasure
but it's true.
1960 Bally Pinball Fun Spot Playfield curbside Baltimore.
I actually had this down to a science, before "American
Pickers" there was the "Parkville Pickers", a group of
people from Parkville to Hamilton who would spend their night riding up and
down the street taking "free" trash. Probably illegal, but I
guess we thought we were doing a good deed by saving these antiques from
the dump! I had it down to a science, the next neighborhood over was the
4th Thursday, then there was the infamous Roland Park, on the 4th
Wednesday, or something to that impact. I was "trashing" in hoods
all over Baltimore. There were at least 10 of us, up and down the
streets often waving to each other wondering what the other had
found. Ahhhhh, the good old days. Those days are long gone now.
I wonder how these graphics were done as they are so lovely..
Now people are forced to call a trash removal service or take
the items to their local dump, sadly instead of just announcing a once per
month - sit your trash out - free for all which would go over well for
people as this country is in the "go Green recycle" gear now. It
would also save landfill space but noooooooooo we have litter everywhere
now more than ever, people illegally dumping furniture and more all over
the place. Sad. So imagine my surprise when I found this, just sitting
on the side of Harford Road in a trash heap last week. I can only
imagine someone had an old Bally Fun Spot Pinball Machine in their
basement, (see what it looks like here on the and were
disassembling it piece by piece to get it out. I never did go back and
look for the rest, what do I need a pinball machine for?
I plan on taking some of the hardware off this playfield,
removing the lighting and removing all the wiring from the back. That will
make it only a shell of a playfield and light enough to hang on the wall.
Ironically the graphics are of a 1950's carnival and hubby works as a
concessionaire. So there you go, a good home for this piece of trash that
would otherwise be hogging up the dump. It's
Baltimore (pronounced Bal-mer) Hon, anything goes.