Instant Views [o.] Pinball | B. Fischer / Laurel and Hardy / N. Sinatra / C. Deneuve / S. Gainsbourg / B. Dylan / E. Presley / J. Strummer / Brassaï

Playing pinball
Frank & Nancy Sinatra
Laurel and Hardy

Joe Strummer

Bobby Fischer

Bob Gruen, Debbie Harry, CBGBs, 1977

Robert Doisneau

Playing pinball, 1935

Jean Paul%2BBelmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo, France, 1965

Catherine Deneuve & Roger Vadim

Paul Almasy, Serge Gainsbourg playing Pinball 1959
Gene Vincent, 1963
Willy Ronis, Brassaï playing pinball, 1954                                                                             Bob Dylan

Elvis Presley playing pinball, 1956

The Van Doren Hawksworth Collection – Pinball, 1966) 

5 thoughts on “Instant Views [o.] Pinball | B. Fischer / Laurel and Hardy / N. Sinatra / C. Deneuve / S. Gainsbourg / B. Dylan / E. Presley / J. Strummer / Brassaï

  1. pin ball

    The origins of pinball are intertwined with the history of many other games. Games played outdoors by rolling balls or stones on a grass course, such as bocce or bowls, eventually evolved into various local ground billiards games played by hitting the balls with sticks and propelling them at targets, often around obstacles. Croquet, golf and paille-maille eventually derived from ground billiards variants.
    The evolving and specializing outdoor games finally led to indoor versions that could be played on a table, such as billiards, or on the floor of a pub, like bowling and shuffleboard. The tabletop versions of these games became the ancestors of modern pinball.

    In France, during the long 1643–1715 reign of Louis XIV, billiard tables were narrowed, with wooden pins or skittles at one end of the table, and players would shoot balls with a stick or cue from the other end, in a game inspired as much by bowling as billiards. Pins took too long to reset when knocked down, so they were eventually fixed to the table, and holes in the bed of the table became the targets. Players could ricochet balls off the pins to achieve the harder scorable holes. A standardized version of the game eventually became known as bagatelle.


  2. While you’re playing yourself out in lonesome dissipation in front of a pinball machine, someone else might be reading through Proust. Still another might be engaged in heavy petting with a girlfriend at a drive-in theater showing of Paths of Courage. The one could well become a writer, witness to the age; the others, a happily married couple. Pinball machines, however, won’t lead you anywhere.

    Just the replay light. Replay, replay, replay…


    That's when I gave up pinball. When the times comes, everybody gives up pinball. Nothing more to it.

    Haruki Murakami / Pinball ,1973


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