1939 Seeburg Chicken Sam

Description: Chicken Sam, 1939, Seeburg, a two-part (target unit and pedestal) light activation gun game known as the Ray-o-lite (Rayolite/Rayolight) G-1 (G1) gun. A light gun style game with a target cabinet and a separate gun cabinet. In 1940 Seeburg marketed the same game with a prison theme called Jailbird. Also in the same year a war theme Shoot the Chutes was advertised (the targets were parachutes and were stationary, they would illuminate to show they were active). Then in 1942, Mike Munves and Harold W. Thompson (a Texas Seeburg distributor) converted used Chicken Sam games to other war related themes, since new production was not possible during WW2. This included Kill the Jap/Trap the Jap, Hit the Siamese Rats, and Buy Defense Bonds and Stamps (anti-Hitler). Other conversions of ChickenSam were available including Kill the Rat, the Wolf, Bag-A-Bunny, Mother-in-Law, Bartender and Jail Bird. After the war, in 1947 Seeburg introduced Shoot the Bear.

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