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Flash Ball, 1932

Features: Colored lights flash as balls fall in playfield pockets.
Manufacturer: Great States Manufacturing Company, of Kansas City, Missouri, USA (1932)
Date of Manufacture: March, 1932
Players: March, 1932 / 1
Year: 1932
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Machine Type: Electro-mechanical (EM) 
Notes: This game may have been the first machine to feature colored playfield lights. According to the Encyclopedia of Pinball Vol 2, clear flashlight bulbs were used, powered by batteries placed under the playfield. To make the lights have color, pharmaceutical gel capsules were cut in half, and the halves were placed over each light bulb to color them red, green, yellow, and blue. Sam Gensberg would copy this idea three years later on his highly successful Chicago Coin's 1935 'Beam-Lite'.
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