World’s greatest Gottlieb Pinball Machines

Gottlieb & Co. was established by David Gottlieb in 1927 as a manufacturer of arcade games.  It built primarily pinball games, but also produced various other games including pitch-and-bats, bowling games, and video arcade games.

Gottlieb & Co. was the first company to incorporate flippers on the pinball playfield to give the player more control over the play of the game.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Gottlieb® brand was known as the Cadillac of pinball machines.  It was the “Premier” mark in pinball. In keeping with the changes in technology, D. Gottlieb & Co. switched over to solid state or electronic machines starting in the late 1970s.

Premier Technology, purchased D. Gottlieb & Co. in October 1984 and continued the Gottlieb pinball machine tradition.

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Gottlieb & Co. was established by David Gottlieb in 1927 as a manufacturer of arcade games.  It built primarily pinball games, but also produced various other games including pitch-and-bats, bowling games, and video arcade games.

Gottlieb & Co. was the first company to incorporate flippers on the pinball playfield to give the player more control over the play of the game.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the Gottlieb® brand was known as the Cadillac of pinball machines.  It was the “Premier” mark in pinball. In keeping with the changes in technology, D. Gottlieb & Co. switched over to solid state or electronic machines starting in the late 1970s.

Premier Technology, purchased D. Gottlieb & Co. in October 1984 and continued the Gottlieb pinball machine tradition.

Premier Technology continued in operation until the summer of 1996, when adverse financial circumstances forced the company to close its doors. Premier Technology sold all of its assets, including the Gottlieb Marks, to Gottlieb Development. Gottlieb® and D. Gottlieb & Co.® have remained in continuous use for 90 years.

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