A very early printed paper design for a bagatelle, or early relative of the modern plastic bagatelle and of the mechanical (now digital) pinball machine. Around 1860, this design would have been glued to a wood surface, with holes drilled where it is marked, and a wooden rail attached on the sides and around the curved top. In the lower illustration children play with a completed version. A girl uses some type of baton to "launch" a ball from the lower right corner up towards the curved top and eventually, into one of the scoring holes.


  • Title: bagatelle | object part:
  • Date Created: 1860
  • Location: USA
  • Subject Keywords: clown, Maypole, bagatelle
  • Type: More Games
  • Medium: printed paper

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