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Double or Nothing, May, 1935

Produced in: May, 1935 / 1

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Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 

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#Produced: in May, 1935

Manufacturer: Pacific Amusement Manufacturing Company, of Chicago, Illinois, USA (1932-1937) [Trade Name: PAMCO]

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Notes: This is one of five different games that PAMCO advertised collectively as the “Quintuplets”. According to an article in the Coin Machine Journal (May 1935, pages 73-75) in which PAMCO owner Fred McClellan introduced the games in an interview, each had a miniature cabinet measuring 14 by 25 inches (ads indicate 14 3/8 by 25 1/4 inches) intended for locations where a larger cabinet would not fit. The game could be operated as a pin table, or the legs could be easily detached to make it a counter game. There was nothing mounted inside the cabinet except an “entirely new” ball lift and plunger assembly not used on previous games. All other internal mechanisms were mounted to the underside of the slide-out playfield. “Double or Nothing” was either the fourth or the fifth game in this series. PAMCO was never clear on that, as they did not identify this game by its name when they advertised the “Quintuplets”, and only from a distributor ad did we learn this game was one of them. We have not found any pictures of it, but if it is like the other games in this series, the name should appear in the upper playfield. In the above article, McClellan said the original idea was to make replacement playfields for their Contact games but instead they saw demand for a complete and miniature game. The name “Quintuplets” was to capitalize on the international popularity of the Dionne quintuplets born in Canada only the year before. Just as the prematurely-born Dionne babies were displayed in incubators to an admiring public, McClellan displayed his five new “baby games” in his showrooms in what he called “a strictly modern conception of the coin machine incubator”. The other four games are: PAMCO’s 1935 ‘Hit or Miss’ PAMCO’s 1935 ‘Make or Break’ PAMCO’s 1935 ‘Odd or Even’ PAMCO’s 1935 ‘Left or Right’ In an interview with pinball historian Russ Jensen on March 24, 1982, Harry Williams thought Bon MacDougall was responsible for the design of the Quintuplet games, but we have been unable to pin this down definitively.

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