An antique 1933 hand operated pinball machine featuring 5 clowns and 1 clown face. This pinball machine is in a wooden frame measuring 11 1/2" x 17 1/2". The frame has glass over the pinball part and has a wooden back. The upper left hand corner of the machine says CLOWNIN St. Louis Mo. Pat Pending. Patented in 1932 by Sydney Weiss, this game was manufactured by the Northwestern Mail Box Company of St. Louis, MO.
This fully functional pinball machine harkens back to a time when pinball was first becoming an international phenomenon. Using the plunger to launch the small metallic balls, players angle the game to catch the ball in the scoring areas.