Classic games of chance at SFO International Airport

SFO PINBALL CONTROL TOWER

If Lady Luck is on your side, then your next plane trip will include a long layover at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

Thanks to the San Francisco Airport Museums program, SFO always has about two dozen temporary and permanent exhibitions on display to keep travelers entertained. Two of the current shows are thematically linked – and especially intriguing.

SFO PINBALL BALLYHOO

The colorful history of pinball is explored in Pinball: from Bagatelle to Twilight Zone, on display in the International Terminal through April 2010.

Games on display are from the Pacific Pinball Museum and various private collections and range from the earliest and very basic pinball games from the late 1800’s to the multi-player,  feature-filled games of the 1970’s and 80’s.

SFO PINBALL FIREBALL

Over in Terminal 3, there are more games.  

SFO SLOTS 3

For Amusement Only: Slot Machines and Other Gambling Devices of the Mechanical Age includes more than 90 slot machines, guessing banks, coin drops, poker machines and punchboards from the late 19th to mid 20th centuries.

SFO SLOT one

These objects are courtesy of Joe Welch’s San Bruno American Antique Museum and are located post-security in Boarding Area F until May, 2010.

You can find out more about these and other exhibitions at San Francisco International Airport on the San Francisco Airport Museums Web site.

 

2 thoughts on “Classic games of chance at SFO International Airport

  1. Steve says:

    Thank you for posting the Control Tower pinball machine. The painting by George Molentin is hauntingly beautiful, showing the high hopes we had at the dawn of the commercial aviation age. I haven’t seen one of these machines in 50 years.

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