Fantastic gallery of old pinball arcade in Kansas City

Alex Q. Arbuckle of Retronaut published this gallery of 1968 photos of the Wonderland Arcade in Kansas City, Missouri.

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  1. Only thing missing is a full bar.

    PS. Whenever I'm in Alameda, Ca. I stop in here, you are permitted to bring in spirits!

  2. That and Richard Dreyfus distracting the owners so The Pharaohs can rip off the place.

    I love the signs on the walls warning that no one under sixteen may play and that no payouts are offered, hearkening back to pinball's early days as a gambling device.

  3. At the risk of being slightly off-topic (the post is both about Kansas City and pinball, after all), it bears mentioning that the annual Shawnee Open is this weekend. Nothing quite so old as a 1968 machine will be played, but there is a side tournament for Firepower if you're looking for something a bit more nostalgic.I plan to attend, but I have no financial interest in the enterprise.

  4. Just to be a pedant (I'm a collector of EM machines, mostly from the late 60s on), the photo onthe blog page shows a row of bingo machines, which are kind of a side-branch. You don't get long play time per ball as you do in standard pins: you just try to drop into the right holes. It's more like horizontal pachinko.

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