Early “Duck Hunt” – The 1936 Seeburg Ray-O-Lite

Do you remember the first time you walked into an arcade? That overwhelming feeling of wonder? Did you feel that when you first saw the Atari 2600? How about the NES? I remember feeling that several time during the 1970s and 1980. I could only imagine what seeing this electric wonder in 1936 was like…

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That is an original 1936 Seeburg Ray-O-Lite duck shooting game. It’s one of the earlier light ray games and its just beautiful.

Seeburg was a company with an engineering departments focused on the design of vacuum tube amplifiers and gearing systems for jukeboxes. It was no surprise then that when the electric eye light sensing vacuum tube was introduced in the early 1930s that the Seeburg design teams would introduce a light ray game. In January of 1936 Seeburg was the first out with the Ray O Lite. This game featured a flying duck with a light sensing tube that would drop the duck when you shot it with the rifle, which produced a beam of light when the trigger was pulled. After years of making Jukeboxes, Seeburg knew how to build a quality veneer wood cabinet.

[via] Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum

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