Bingo Pinballs

Created on 09-22-2010 _ Last Update 01-25-2020

 

 

In 2010 I wrote: “The origin of that top photo is unknown, but that is a Bally bingo pinball and with the guys dressed in

shirt-and-ties like that, I wondered if this was a picture was taken at one of the many Bally Training Schools.”

 

Then I realized that was a 1969 Venice bingo pinball and that meant that the timing was a bit off`

 

That, it meant that this photo really is a mystery`

 

 

Smile, well I kind of figured that this would crop up again`

 

…and it has, this photo was recently posted on Bingo Butch’s facebook page and the guys were suggesting that it might be part of the

Design Team at Bally – That in fact, that that might be Don Hooker himself – Wow, wouldn’t that be Cool – Very Very Cool`

 

…maybe that is Bernie`

 

 

 

 

Anyway: Along with the photo, on my original 2010 page I also posted these resources to help frame the timing`

 

bally service school

 

 

 

 

BB 1953

 

 

 

 

BB 1954

 

 

 

BB Nov 19th, 1955

 

 

 

BB Oct 22nd, 1955

 

 

 

BB Dec 8th, 1956

 

 

 

_ From 53’ to 56’ Bally was conducting numerous classes all across the Nation. After 56, these classes seemed to dry right up! _

 

If you look back through the evolution of games, these are the years Bally moved to the first mechanical movements in the

Main Card, their Magic Lines and Magic Squares bingos – etc, and started their seemingly-endless introduction of new games.

 

The Magic Screen games appeared in 58’ and other than the new movement, they were basically the same Internals, so…

 

I wonder if the reduction in Training Seminars was due to the technology changing or due to the games starting to be outlawed`

 

Maybe both – Hmmm`

 

 

 

BB Jan 5th, 1959

 

 

 

BB Feb 6th, 1961

 

Not surprisingly, the classes were located in the areas we still see many of the bingos going for sale today: Evansville and Wilkes Barre _ South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Seattle – etc – The Distribution Centers – For the West Coast, the Port Cities.

 

~ As we all know, the bingos are complicated devices! ~

 

~ United was right-on-board with training classes of their own! ~

 

 

BB Oct 24th, 1953

 

 

 

BB Nov 14th, 1953

 

 

 

Follow-up 2020`

Federico Croci

Bally/United Bingo Pinball by Bingo Butch

· September 15, 2019 ·

 

Hello bingo fans!


Years ago I bought this photo, at Pinball Expo in Chicago. They looks like Bally engineers working on a proto machine. Always wondered who they could be...?
(sorry for the bad picture, just took a snapshot of the original print with my phone)

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Thanks Federico - Pretty Cool Brother`

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…one step closer`

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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