50 Gorgeous Examples Of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

PBall Gallery, a pinball museum in Budapest, Hungary, contains more than 130 once-banned (and dreaded!) electromechanical gaming machines. It's an incredible collection, and a reminder that while most of us were glued to the game, these games are also little works of art.

Pball is Europe's largest interactive pinball exhibition, and anyone who's into arcade gaming culture should visit at least once. The museum has machines from almost every decade, representing the full history of pinball. There are machines inspired by sports, music, movies, science fiction, fantasy, space, comics, history, technology. Many of them are also beautiful, with hand-painted or designed "back glass" or "head glass" decorating the headboard of the machine — you know, the part you might miss if you're focused on your game.

The following set of images shows you fifty pretty pieces of back glass — the main design element of any pinball machine. Enjoy the time travel!

This is the first piece of our mini series showcasing awesome pinball machines.

Batman (Data East, United States, 1991)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Blackout (Williams, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Firepower (Williams, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades
50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Pink panther (Gottlieb, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Spectrum (Bally, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Rolling Stones (Bally, United States, 1979)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Punk! (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

The Amazing Spider-Man (Gottlieb, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Fathom (Bally, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Elektra (Bally, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Hi-Score Pool (Chicago Coin, United States, 1971)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Hi-Diver (Gottlieb, United States, 1959)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Roto Pool (Gottlieb, United States, 1958)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Jalopy (Williams, United States, 1951)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Basketball (Gottlieb, United States, 1949)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Airport (Genco, United States, 1939)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Dancing Lady (Gottlieb, United States, 1966)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Centigrade 37 (Gottlieb, United States, 1977)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Criterium 75 (Recel S.A., Spain, 1975)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Flying Chariots (Gottlieb, United States, 1963)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Winner (Williams, United States, 1972)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Spacerider (Atari, Japan, 1978)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Medusa (Bally, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Rapid Fire (Bally, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Motor Show (Mr Game, Italy, 1989)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Farfalla (Zaccaria, Italy, 1983)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Haunted House (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Apollo 13 (Sega, United States, 1995)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades
50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Space Station (Williams, United States, 1987)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades
50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Black Knight 2000 (Williams, United States, 1989)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Time Machine (Data East, United States, 1988)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Star Wars (Data East, United States, 1992)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Orbitor 1 (Stern, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Xenon (Bally, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Spirit (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Sexy Girl (Arkon/Ranco, Germany, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Space Invaders (Bally, United States, 1980)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Attila the Hun (Gameplan, United States, 1984)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Capt. Fantastic (Bally, United States, 1976)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Fireball (Bally, United States, 1971)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

KISS (Bally, United States, 1979)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Black Hole (Gottlieb, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Super Mario Bros (Premier/Gottlieb, United States, 1991)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Rocky (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Mars, God of War (Gottlieb, United States, 1981)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Eclipse (Gottlieb, United States, 1982)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Disco Fever (Williams, United States, 1978)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Cosmos (Bally, United States, 1969)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Super Flipper (Chicago Coin, United States, 1975)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades
50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

The Machine — Bride of Pin Bot (Williams, United States, 1991)

50 Gorgeous Examples of Pinball Machine Art Across Seven Decades

Pictures: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo

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