August 18, 1918
100 years ago, this week in 1917, The J. D. Este Company ran an ad in The Billboard for Skee-Ball Alleys with a testimonial from Mr. Geo. H. Russell, Manager of the Skee-Ball Alleys at Savin Rock in West Haven, Connecticut. Russel called the alleys a “howling success.”
“The alleys at Wilcox’s are a howling success and are taking in more money than any $10,000 investment at this resort and gaining each week on a daily average.”
Not much has changed! Skee-Ball is still one of the most popular games ever.
Thaddeus Cooper and Kevin Kreitman recently gave a talk at California Extreme in Santa Clara, California about the history of Skee-Ball. California Extreme is the “Classic Arcade Games Show.” It’s a huge annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. Here are some highlights from Thaddeus and Kevin’s talk.
Kevin talks about Box Ball Skee-Ball’s nearest competitor at the time.
Kevin talks about Skee-Ball’s move to Coney Island.
“These alleys are going to make money someday for somebody” just not them and not then.
Kevin tells about Harper’s and Simpson’s struggles with Skee-Ball.
Thaddeus answers question about how many tickets someone needs to get the documentary.
Kevin explains a turning point in Skee-Balls history.
Thaddeus answers a question about why Wurlitzer had so much trouble selling Skee-Ball alleys.
Thaddeus talks about playing Skee-Ball in Point Pleasant, NJ.
Thaddeus talks about how the project got started.
“That’s a great question!”
Thaddeus says, “Thank You!” to everyone who made the talk possible!
Thaddeus Cooper presented two awards this past week for outstanding contributions to Skee-Ball history” and “outstanding contributions to Skee-Ball research.”
We could not be happier to present these awards to Bill and Patt. Without them and their archives the real story of the history of Skee-Ball would never have come to light.
Thaddeus Cooper presented two awards on behalf of himself and his co-author, Kevin B Kreitman, at the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society in Vineland, New Jersey, this past week. The first award for “outstanding contributions to Skee-Ball history” was presented to the Society and accepted by William E. Hughes, President of the Board of Trustees of the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society.
The second award for “outstanding contributions to Skee-Ball research” was presented to Patricia A. Martinelli, curator of the Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society.
Cooper said, “We could not be happier to present these awards to Bill and Patt. Without them and their archives the real story of the history of Skee-Ball would never have come to light.”