Believe it or not, pinball machines were declared illegal in many cities across America in the 1940’s. Not only were the games seen as dangerous gambling devices, but there was also a fear that they would tempt children into a future of indiscriminate gambling. It wasn’t until 1976 that the law was overturned in New York City. Many cities still have these bans today although they are largely unenforced.
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Michael Moore for the Pacific Pinball Museum [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons