First Look: A vintage 1940 flipperless woodrail pinball

For more than a year, I’ve been drooling over a particular pinball backglass I’d seen in a private collection.  I finally managed to pick up the machine and am pretty excited.  This is another daunting project: A pre-flipper, pre-WWII vintage woodrail pinball game from Genco.  “Big Town” was produced in 1940, and as you can see from the backglass, it’s got a beautiful vintage art-deco look.  To me a perfect example of how glorious pinball art can be.



Here are some still images of the machine:

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5 thoughts on “First Look: A vintage 1940 flipperless woodrail pinball

  1. WAS WONDERING IF YOU BY CHANCE HAVE A SCHEMATIC FOR YOUR GENCO BIG TOWN. I’M WORKING ON ONE RIGHT NOW AND NEED A SCHEMATIC. CAN’T GET IT TO RESET FOR GAME PLAY. THANKS GLENN

  2. i have a working 1940 genco big town flipperless pinball i got from my father he bought at age 10 does it have value

    • I am not sure about the value. There’s not a huge market for those old games, but that one really is a beauty. You should at least report the serial number to IPSND.NET – there are only a few known instances of that game in existence. I would like to see pictures of yours and compare to mine as well.

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