The Silver Ball Museum... over 200 antique gaming machines all restored and ready for you to play!! If you're into this sort of thing, it is AWESOME! I love the old mechanical machines, clanging bells, and such. So unlike the computerized games of today. If you're ever in Asbury Park, NJ, check it out! Or visit their website
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Welcome to Asbury  Park, NJ!  A delightful beachside  town with a lovely boardwalk, all next to a not too prosperous town.  Totally Jersey Shore.  No sign of  Bruce Springsteen!  The Stone Pony  was closed up tight.
My big sister  Maddy on the boardwalk.
Now, down to  the reason for the visit!  The
Yes, the monkey  hits the bell!  This is high  tech in the 1960's!
Kathy plays
Looks better with  no flash!
Three digit scores  were common in the early games, there has been huge score inflation since then.
Love the Pleasure  Isle!  Note that it's  a two player game, one of the early ones.
See the little  string on the middle hula dancer?  Guess what?  She  dances for  you! Or more accurately,   her hips are pulled back and forth when you hit certain targets in the game.
Maddy and Kathy  playing the oldest working machines, the 1950's machines.  You can see  more 60's and 70's machines in the background.
Notice that the  50's vintage machines didn't have scores that rolled up.  They were just  lights that lit up... and for some reason, you would then multiply the number by
The lower plunger  pushes the ball up so the upper plunger can shoot it onto the playing field.  Some of the  games had five silver balls, and you'd lift each one, and some had just one silver ball that you would raise five times per game.  Since 1970 or  so, all machines had automatic ball feed, so there was just one plunger.
Another 50's beauty.  Notice the score  inflation... Thousands and Millions... no ones and tens and hundreds.  Why?
A very cool  mechanical spinning target.  Naturally you wanted  to hit all the numbers.
Here you can  see the five balls.  This one was  very hard to keep the ball in play, there were too many paths for it to go out on you. The exit ramps    were in the hundreds of thousands, but the bumpers were only two points.  Why?
Extremely cool!  Little  mechanical boxers  would have a fight, based on which targets you'd hit on the playing field.  This  50's vintage  machine  is truly an amazing example of pinball art.
The backglass of  the fight game you just saw.  1950 was about  the oldest working machine there, though they had older ones!
When you started  the game, the horse would kick the poor cowboy and he'd do a couple of flips.
The artwork on  this machine just kills me... keep clicking...
Which way did  he go, Doc?
And politically incorrect  to boot.
One of the  really old (non-working) machines.  Real pins  around  each target.
Gotta love these  elephants!!
North Star... the  singing sailor.... and get this....
Eskimos in mini-dresses!  This one kills  me.
And... blond eskimos!
There was more  than just pinball!  Too much to  do!  They had skee-ball,  tons of stuff.  This is a  very cool antique bowling machine.