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#188-2 - “Top Hat,” unidentified artist/designer [“H.E.W.”?], 1957

 File — map-case: 1, drawer: 3, Folder: 7
This series contains more than 200 large-scale pinball playfield drawings created by staff of Williams Manufacturing Company (later Williams Electronics, Inc.). Designers of these playfield drawings, as denoted by signatures or initials on the pages, include Harry E. Williams (likely “H.E.W.”), Gordon Horlick (“GTH.”), Harry Mabs (“HJMabs” or “HMabs”), Steve Ahlborn, Steve Kordek, Norm Clark, Barry Oursler, Python Anghelo, and Mark Ritchie. The bulk of these playfield drawings are for Williams projects dated between 1946 and 1975, with some additional designs dated up through 1994. At some point in his tenure at Williams, Steve Kordek added permanent marker annotations to the pages to indicate project numbers and titles for pinball games; these were likely also organized in numerical order by Kordek. The Strong has retained the order of the drawings as transferred from Williams.

Many of these drawings were scanned in 2015 by Duncan Brown and are housed in Series IV.

Dates

  • 1946 - 1994

Extent

From the Collection: 48.25 Linear Feet (12 flat file drawers)

From the Collection: 22.8 Gigabytes (Digital files) : Accessible on-site at The Strong.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository

Contact:
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