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Cannon Fire, 1934

Features: Kickers (4). Patent 2,087,799 [MARBLE GAME APPARATUS] filed October 12, 1935. Granted July 20, 1937 to Ken C. Shyvers.
Manufacturer: Shyvers Coin Automatic Machine Company, of Seattle, Washington, USA (1934-1935)
Date of Manufacture: July, 1934
Players: July, 1934 / 1
Year: 1934
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Design by: Kenneth C. Shyvers
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Machine Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 
Notes: The first game to have a kicker is Earl & Koehler Mfg. Co.'s 1934 'Cannon Ball'. According to the Encyclopedia of Pinball Vol 2, Ken Shyvers soon negotiated with Frank Koehler to obtain the rights to produce that game as his own game, Cannon Fire. When imitations showed up from competitors. Shyvers vigorously pursued protecting his rights. For that reason, on October 12, 1935, Kohler filed patent 2,070,948 and Shyvers filed patent 2,087,799 the same day. The two patents have identical drawings but non-identical text. By the time the first of the two patents, Koehler's, was approved in February 1937, pinball technology had evolved to render both Cannon Ball and Cannon Fire no longer viable, and Shyvers sold forty percent of his rights to Mr. B.P. Higby of Peoria, Illinois, a collector of patent rights. Due to the legal confusion surrounding ownership, the U.S. Patent Office issued a clarifying report in early 1937 that stated the kicker had a patent Application of August 1934 with a Reapplication in October 12, 1935, and was invented and patented by Frank Koehler of Portland, Oregon and assigned to Ken C. Shyvers of Chicago, Ill. Also produced as Shyvers Coin Automatic Machine Company's 1934 'Cannon Fire Jr.'.
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