- The first pinball machine manufactured by Gottlieb (1931) was named 'Bingo' - and it sold for $16.50 !
- The first automatic payout machine was named Rocket. It was manufactured by Bally in 1934.
- 'Bumper' was the first machine to have a bumper on the playfield. It was manufactured by Bally in 1937.
- The first flipper machine, Humpty Dumpty, was manufactured by Gottlieb in 1947.
- The first flipper machine manufactured by Bally was named 'Melody' - that was also in 1947.
- The first multiple player pinball (Super Jumbo, Gottlieb) was manufactured in 1954.
- 'Balls-A-Poppin' (Bally, 1956) was the first machine to feature multiball play.
- 'Flash' (Williams, 1979) was the first machine to use electronic sound effects.
- 'Gorgar' (Williams, 1979) was the first talking pinball machine commercially released.
- The Addams Family (Bally, 1992) became the best selling machine of all time.