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Continental, 1980

Manufacturer: Bally Manufacturing Corporation (1931-1983) [Trade Name: Bally]
Date of Manufacture: December, 1980
Players: December, 1980 / 1
Year: 1980
Production: 1,000 units   (confirmed)
Model Number: 1195-E
Design by: Don Hooker
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Machine Type: Solid State Electronic (SS) 
Notes: Bally's Numerical List of Machines indicates that five different Model Numbers released from engineering to production during 1978-1980 were each encoded to indicate electronic solid state design. While this Continental was not dated as the last of the five, is the last one of them for which we can find evidence beyond their presence on that Bally list. Bally's first solid state bingo machine, Bally's 1977 'Wall Street Special (Spain)', was for export to Spain and inexplicably its Model Number was not designated as solid state. Until we know what became of those other four solid state models mentioned above, this solid state Continental classifies as Bally's last full production bingo game. We had previously believed the entire production run was shipped to Belgium. However, we received a report from an old-time bingo operator who had a specific memory of seeing three Continental games lined up in a row at a distributorship in Columbia, South Carolina in July, 1989. A subsequent bingo game, Bally's 1981 'Mississippi Showboat', was made as EM but only test games were made and did not go into full production. This 25-hole SS Continental is not to be confused with their EM game, Bally's 1978 'Continental', which has a different backglass design and 18 holes.
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