The Brown Box Golf Game Accessory, 1968

This strange-looking contraption was actually used to play an early video game.
To play the golf game on the “Brown Box,” a prototype for the first multiplayer, multiprogram video game system, Baer and his colleagues mounted a golf ball on a joystick handle. This allowed the player to use a real golf club to practice his or her putting skills. Magnavox licensed the "Brown Box" and released the system as the Magnavox Odyssey in 1972. Though it was never produced commercially, the golf accessory was covered with brown wood-grain, self-adhesive vinyl so that it would match the "Brown Box."
Currently not on view
Object Name
game accessory
Date made
patent holder
Baer, Ralph H.
Baer, Ralph H.
Physical Description
aluminum (overall material)
paper (overall material)
vinyl (overall material)
overall: 6 in x 10 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 15.24 cm x 26.035 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
Family & Social Life
Popular Entertainment
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Ralph H. Baer
Related Publication
Baer, Ralph H.. Videogames: In The Beginning

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