The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., recently acquired a collection of tens of thousands of pages of archival materials documenting the history of three of the most important American coin-op game and pinball manufacturers of the 20th century — Bally, Williams and Midway. The records span nearly seven decades and document the manufacturing, engineering, and design of hundreds of pinball machines and other coin-operated games.
“Bally and Williams in particular are integral to the story of American pinball, and along with Gottlieb, they are to the pinball industry what Ford, General Motors and Chrysler were to the American automotive industry,” said Jeremy Saucier, The Strong’s assistant VP for interpretation and electronic games. “The materials in this collection should prove invaluable to researchers interested in the history of the pinball industry, but they will also add crucial source materials to researchers studying the coin-operated ancestors to modern video games.”
Find more info on the museum’s website here.