The big names

From 1930 worked for GOTTLIEB as area representatives in the Midwest Ray Moloney. He was co-owner of Lion Manufacturing Company, which could not satisfy a high demand for GOTTLIEB's Baffle Ball. In 1932 he got together the necessary capital and developed Ballyho.

Ballyho was a catcher. The rainbow-colored field attracted people like a magnet and around 16 USD, he sold this apparatus 75,000 times. To have to live the success of Ballyho founded Moloney then the Bally Manufacturing Company. Prior to 1940, the unit "Bumper" came on the market, which had metal towers on the court, which included a contact and so could the bullet points count. In the 50's BALLY was represented by only a single device. "Balls are poping" from 1956, a 2-man pinball machine, which indicated the score by flashing elements of the transparent panel (Back Glass). It was not until 1963, before the next BALLY pinball.

As a result of legislation in 1951 1-ball equipment was u payout machines banned and replaced by Bingo pinballs.

Innovative one was back in the 60's with the Open Gate feature as well as the invention of designer TedZale, which created the zipper flipper. Capersville was the first BALLY hit after re-entry into the pinball business. As a bonus, there was Multiball. This Capersville beat all former records Flipper, because it was generated 5,000 times, instead of the usual 2,000 pieces.

With the primeval motif at Four million B.C. BALLY had the next hit and this was continued with the great Fireball, which in 1972 in the field had incorporated a rotating disk, so that the ball was thrown in different directions. The Fireball II came in 1981 on the market and was already an electronic pinball machine, as well as the Fireball Classic, which in 1985 came on the market. The Fireball Classic was by design by Doug Watson.

The pop music found its way and BALLY put more accents with Wizzard (rock opera Tommy) on the disc was the WHO-singer Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret. The main character, Elton John was reacted with the Captain Fantastic, which had a peak circulation of 16,155 pieces. The era of electro-mechanical pinball machine was completed and there came the electronic pinball. BALLY was the market leader in electronic pinball machines, produced first Freedom and Night Rider.

The Eight Ball was off the field structure normally, but had a memory (memory and this per player). The famous BALLY designers were Dave Christensen, Ted Zale and Christian Marche.

GOTTLIEB pinball

David GOTTLIEB rose in 1930 in a large business with the ball games. He bought from the bingo Novelleti Manufacturing Company the rights to the bingo. His first hit was Baffle Ball, which was in 1931 more than 50,000 copies sold at a price of $ 17.50 .

Without pinball there for 1 cent 7 balls in times of extreme depression still have an incentive to start a game . Gottlieb also sold one of the first games on his selected field representatives with specified sales territories .

The GOTTLIEB engineer Harry Mabs invented more or less by chance the mobile pinball. In the tangles he accidentally brought together two bare ends and the bumper has been activated without ball contacts. This was the solution - the implementation of a no-brainer .

In October 1947 Hompty Dumpty appeared with an arrangement of three pairs of flippers on the pitch . About 6,500 have already been produced . Starting in 1950, is expected Gottlieb well have been the number 1 in the industry and Gottlieb also took care of the first attractions in the pitch discs - Animated Backglasses .

GOTTLIEB also put registers first one , instead of lighting up the numbers for the points standings . From 1960 Gottlieb brought out for the first time the " add- a- ball " system , with which you could win free balls.

Famous Gottlieb pinball machines were there parade, fair pinball , pinball and pinball - clown - cowboy. The spinners came first time in 1963 at the Gottlieb - device " Swing along " in use .

In 1970 Snow Derby on the market and for the first time a bonus ladder was used , with which you could earn points.

1976 there were already the "Spirit of 76", which came on the market as an appreciation of the 200 year celebration of the United States.

In 1984, the slip so far that people at Columbia Pictures then owner of GOTTLIEB - decided the game department and thus to close GOTTLIEB.

Gil Pollak, one of GOTTLIEB-employees brought together investors and could merge the old crew for a new Pinball-production under the name "Premiere Technologies".

WILLIAMS - Flipper

The young Californian Harry WILLIAMS rose before 1930 into a pinball business.

He was one of the first to 6V batteries einbaute the electricity in the form of the game boxes and thus illuminated particular pitch parts.

In 1933, the "contact" and into this device was provided on the court one of the holes with a kicker, which catapulted using coils with iron core electromagnet and the ball back into the playing field.

Harry WILLIAMS also invented the Tiltmechanismus. The dreaded Tiltpendel hung in the center of a metal ring and closed by vigorous shaking a contact, which blocked the game.

In 1946 he founded the Williams Manufacturing Coroporation.

1955 came out the first 4-man player by WILLIAMS with "Race the Clock".

In 1960, Williams for the first time a drop target (retractable targets).

In the 70 years up Post by WILLIAMS and for the first time when Hayburners II came the 7.5 cm longer flippers used.

As well as all other pinball manufacturer Williams helped himself then a famous designer like Steve Kordek and Christian Marshe or George Molendin.

In 1976, the Space Mission as a tribute to the successful docking of two U.S. and Soviet space shuttle on the market.
In 1979, he sat with the pinball flash new sound accents.
10 years later in 1989, the pinball example, had already built voice chips, the Jokerz. In 2001, the Williams Pinball production.