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Pinball Ad Catalog Volume 1, 1931-33


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Pinball Ad Catalog Volume 1, 1931-33 depicts the ads and flyer/brochure images used to advertise the pinball games in the historically important and formative 1931-33 period. See the very first ads used to sell such famous titles as Baffle Ball, Ballyhoo, Five Star Final, etc.

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This book is a reprint of the original version printed in 1997, which was well received and sold out quickly. The book was originally entitled A Catalog of Early 30's Pinball Ads. The book was renamed to be compatible with the new ad catalog series that currently includes Pinball Ad Catalog Volume 2, 1934-35 and the new Pinball Ad Catalog Volume 3, 1936 .

This new edition has been upgraded from the original version in the following ways:

  • Several new ads have been included
  • Most images have been further refined from the 1997 versions to improve clarity, contrast and remove unwanted artifacts
  • Blank pages used to separate the chapters have been removed in order to reduce printing costs

Hilites of this catalog:

  • 174 black and white pages,(8.5" x 11"), spiral bound for easy page flipping. Pages lay flat. All pages black and white.
  • Ads for over 100 pinball games (from over 50 manufacturers) made from 1931-33
  • Complementary articles for many of the most popular games, written at the time of the game's introduction
  • A Table of Contents ordered alphabetically by manufacturer (and chronologically within each manufacturer).
  • An index with entries for each game featured, plus a cross index of all games alphabetically within each manufacturer. Handy when you know the name of the game but not perhaps the maker.

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Click here to view a sample ad from the catalog (118K).

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This book is available here directly from the author (click on the "Add to shopping cart" link above). It is also available from one of the many fine dealers specializing in pinball/coin-op books (such as Marco Specialities and Crow River Trading).

All books purchased directly here will be signed by the author.

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Last updated: October 1, 2011

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