Poosh-M-Up Jr. 4-in-1 pinball game, ca. 1960

24, March 2010

Pinball games or bagatelles date from the 1700s and have their origins with billiards. In the 20th century, many toy companies manufactured pinball games. Northwestern Products Company developed the Poosh-M-Up series of games in the 1920s, when the St. Louis–based company was still the Northwestern Mailbox Company. There are many varieties of this type of game, some with a baseball theme, some with a rodeo theme, and others with a World War II theme. Northwestern Products continued to make games into the 1960s.

Gift of Anne Woodhouse