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This site is dedicated
to exploring the history of the game of
pinball and how it has embedded itself into
the fabric of Montreal over the past century.
We believe that by preserving the functionality,
appearance and factory specifications of
various vintage amusement machines, we are
consequently helping to provide a powerful
perspective into the past of the coin operated
games industry and our city.
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The outlook for the week-end was positive.
It started taking shape on Thursday afternoon
during a particularly productive day at
my “square job” in what is left
of the Canadian coin operated amusement
machine industry. My father in law had dropped
in with coffee, and by the same token confirmed
a Saturday afternoon meeting with Jacques
Tremblay. This made sense, since that night
I had booked a service call with a particular
collector, one whom I hadn’t seen
in over 15 years and who coincidentally
had important information about the defunct
North Star Coin Machine Company of Montreal.
So, before meeting one of the founding brothers,
83 year-old Jacques, I wanted to get part
of the “scoop” from Ron Gratton,
a somewhat pivotal figure in the telling
of this story and the preservation of these
machines. The timing and the events were
lining up nicely, like a good Krinsky playfield
design waiting to be played out.
Working, Playing and Letting Go
The Montreal Pinball repair blog chronicles
Service Date September 13, 2010
Posted: 17 October 2010 @ 6:26:46 PM
After work today I headed off to Mountain Sights road, off Jean-Talon and just east of Decaire. There, adjacent to the Montreal SPCA lay my next service call, near car washes, cell phone providers, body shops and clothing liquidation depots.