Humpty Dumpty (pinball)
|Manufacturer||D. Gottlieb & Co. |
|Release date||October 25, 1947 |
|Production run||6,500 units|
Humpty Dumpty is a historically important pinball machine released by Gottlieb on October 25, 1947. Named after Humpty Dumpty, the nursery rhyme character, it is the first pinball machine to include flippers — invented by Harry Mabs  — distinguishing it from earlier bagatelle game machines.
Humpty Dumpty had six of these flippers, referred to as "flipper bumpers" by the company. However, unlike modern pinball tables, they faced outward instead of inward and were not placed at the bottom of the table near the main outhole.
The table was virtually recreated in pinball simulation video game, Microsoft Pinball Arcade.
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- Humpty Dumpty at the Internet Pinball Database
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