United Manufacturing Co. records
The United Manufacturing Co. records are arranged into one series. The materials are housed in three archival document boxes, two oversized flat folders, and 19 rolled storage boxes.
- 1945 - 1964
Conditions Governing Use
22.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 2 oversized folders, 19 rolled storage boxes)
United Manufacturing continued converting and revamping existing games during the 1940s, but soon began developing their own amusement games. United excelled at creating table bowling games and shuffle alleys. In 1950, score reels (rotating drums which kept score on an electromechanical game) debuted on bowling machines produced by United. The company expanded into skee-ball, target and rifle, baseball, pool, bingo, and other popular electromechanical game types.
During June 1964, The Seeburg Corporation (well-known for its jukeboxes) acquired Williams Manufacturing Co. as a fully owned subsidiary, to operate under Williams’ president Sam Stern. A few months later, in September 1964, Seeburg purchased the assets of United Manufacturing, absorbing the company into the Williams division and effectively halting the creation of any more games under the United name.
System of Arrangement
- Finding Aid to the United Manufacturing Co. Records, 1945-1964
- Julia Novakovic
- 30 April 2019
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA