Inspired by the social media posts about favorite books, original art and albums, I am featuring one pinball machine at a time from my family’s collection. Today it’s Old Chicago, from the Bally Company in 1975. I bought this machine from a collector at the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show in Tacoma a few years ago. A sad note here, it’s a show we normally would be attending this weekend. It was COVID canceled.
This machine intertwines real history with the story of gangster John Dillinger.
It’s a Roaring ’20s theme with Art Deco styling. Two trombone players are part of the artwork. I used to play trombone, and still wish I had one.
This is called an electro-mechanical pinball machine. Generally referred to as an EM. This was the pre-digital era, so no computer motherboards. Electrical wiring, solenoids, leaf switches and score reels. The sounds come from real bells and chimes inside the machine.