Show us your EM Bowlers, Mechanical, and old Electrical Toys in your Gameroom!


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    #1 3 years ago

    Show and tell us about your cool old things that still function that folks can interact with in your game room in addition to your EM pinball machines, Gun, and Submarine Games! (excluding yourself of course)

    So Please, No Pinball Machines, Gun/Submarine or Pitch & Bat games as there is already EM threads for those. Generally this category is for 1979 and older machines, in some cases way old! (like us)

    http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/em-show-us-your-em-pinball-machines

    http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ot-show-us-your-em-gun-games

    http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/show-us-your-em-pitch-and-bat-games

    So what else is in your arcade

    Some examples would be a Ball Bowler, Shuffle Bowler, Mutoscopes, Arcade Digger Game, Gumball/Nut Machine, Hot Nut/Popcorn Machine, Candy Machine, Fortune Teller Machine, Cigarette/Cigar Machine. Soda Pop Machine, Weight Machine, Jukebox, Slot Machine, Clocks, Old Tin/Neon Signs, etc. (OK, I think you get the picture)

    These pictures and stories hopefully will inspire others who view this thread such as myself to add new and exciting toys to the game room that enhance the old time pinball/arcade experience.

    Want to sell, buy, or trade? Need advice or information? Post it here

    Enjoy!

    Ken

    #2 3 years ago

    I'll start first,

    Here is my 1950's Swami Mechanical Fortune Teller, just needs your pennies.

    These came with many different colored face plates so a diner could really jazz up their place. The basic idea was that with the intake of coins an owner could basically have his napkins paid for at that particular table. These deluxe napkin dispensers also held the diner menus on the back.

    For the customer of the diner, inserting a penny into the slot and pulling the lever down you get 1 fortune ticket with your fortune on one side and some funny mumbo jumbo on the other. I remember as a kid going to such a diner and just marveled at these on the tables back then and just had to ask mom for her pennies! You could still readily find these being used by diners even up into the early 70's.

    These things brand new went for about $20.00 each which was pretty pricy back in the day but now a very good example of these machines runs any where between $250.00 and $350.00 with poorer condition ones going for less. I consider mine as very good example and paid the low end of the pricey spectrum.

    I actually had to repair mine with a pinball rubber as the dispenser was not working when I bought it but now works pretty good but will still dispense a couple tickets once in a while as the paper tends to stick together because of age and it being compressed by a spring when sitting for long periods without being used.

    A very fun and cool addition for folks who are taking a break to have a cold one at the table it sits on in my arcade to get their fortune read.......and cheaply I might add................

    Unfortunately it does not cover the cost of napkins anymore.

    Ken

    Ken

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    #3 3 years ago

    Love the thread idea and your Swami napkin holder(I want one). I like anything fortune teller related. My brother has a beautiful 1950's big ball bowler. Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of it(I'll have to get some), but it is a blast to play. If I had the room, I'd have one too.

    #4 3 years ago

    I have the madam x and i found a 50's repro menu complete with cover on ebay. Really sets it off. Also bought a big box of fortunes--there must be 10,000 in there so if anyone needs some, let me know. I'll make you a great deal. Also have IMP cig gambler and a chrome vest pocket that pays out nickels. Oh, and every mancave needs a parking meter. Like a 100 bucks on ebay.

    #5 3 years ago

    Smokey, you should throw up some pics.

    #6 3 years ago

    I have a 1957 United "Bowling Alley" small ball bowler, a 1962 Chicago Coin "Gold Crown" big ball bowler, and a 1954 United "11th Frame" shuffle alley.....unfortunately, I have never been able to upload photos on pinside.

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    #7 3 years ago

    My restored 160 selection 1961 Seeburg:

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    #8 3 years ago
    Quoted from Hoopjohn:

    I have a 1957 United "Bowling Alley" small ball bowler, a 1962 Chicago Coin "Gold Crown" big ball bowler, and a 1954 United "11th Frame" shuffle alley.....unfortunately, I have never been able to upload photos on pinside.

    That's a bummer, I'd love to see them. I always thought the ball return on those BBBs were awesome.

    Quoted from SteveFury:

    My restored 160 selection 1961 Seeburg:

    Very nice! Looks pretty mint, Steve. A good friend of mine has the exact same model. I helped him move it into his basement and it was the heaviest damn thing I ever moved.

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    #9 3 years ago

    Cool thread Ken! I like this kind of thing as much as pinball, maybe more. Anyway I have quite a few of these type of machines. Here are a couple old Exhibit Supply penny arcade games. The one on the left is a counter-top love tester and the one of the right is a peep machine. You look inside and you see a run down shack with a lady with a big butt bending over doing laundry. And she is automated. Always good for a chuckle when guests visit.

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    #10 3 years ago

    Very cool. What is that yellow game on the far right?

    #11 3 years ago

    1958 Bally Skill Roll. Classic game.

    #12 3 years ago

    Skill roll.....a classic nickel game.....on location in many Wisconsin venues. Played it often....back in the day.

    #13 3 years ago
    Quoted from smokey_789:

    I have the madam x

    I think for the small table top fortune teller machines Madam X and Swami are way cool! I may get a Madam X myself down the road too as they use the same paper fortunes which are readily available for sale on eBay.

    Quoted from AlexF:
    The one on the left is a counter-top love tester and the one of the right is a peep machine.

    Quoted from AlexF:

    1958 Bally Skill Roll. Classic game.

    Way cool Game room toys Alex!

    Quoted from SteveFury:

    My restored 160 selection 1961 Seeburg:

    Super nice Juke Steve!

    Quoted from Hoopjohn:

    I have a 1957 United "Bowling Alley" small ball bowler, a 1962 Chicago Coin "Gold Crown" big ball bowler, and a 1954 United "11th Frame" shuffle alley..

    Quoted from Honch:

    . My brother has a beautiful 1950's big ball bowler. Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of it

    Don't give up on those pictures as folks want to see your toys including me.

    Ken

    #14 3 years ago
    Quoted from AlexF:

    I like this kind of thing as much as pinball, maybe more.

    I think I'm in this camp too. I think pinball rocks, but there is just something special about the old EM coin op/penny arcade games that I just love. I don't care if it's a fortune teller machine or a big ball bowler, I love them all.

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    #15 3 years ago
    Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

    Here is my 1950's Swami Mechanical Fortune Teller, just needs your pennies.

    Tell me Swami, will I ever get my own TV series?
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    #16 3 years ago

    I want a peep machine so bad

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    #17 3 years ago

    1964 Chicago Coin Cadillac Bowler

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    1959 Williams Crane

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    #18 3 years ago

    [attachment=1591862,2. 1957 united bowling alley. 11' length

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    #19 3 years ago

    1954 united 11th frame shuffle alley. Notice the tight fit. Excellent game to go next to my log steps, which is too small for a pin, and otherwise dead space.

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    #20 3 years ago
    Quoted from sysprog:

    1964 Chicago Coin Cadillac Bowler

    Quoted from Hoopjohn:

    1957 united bowling alley. 11' length

    I would love to have a 16' Ball Bowler in our new home, but space will dictate that.

    Ken

    #21 3 years ago

    Appropriate place for a WTB bowler ad?

    #22 3 years ago
    Quoted from btw75:

    Appropriate place for a WTB bowler ad?

    Yes, you found the right place.

    Buy, sell, trade.........it's all good.

    Ken

    #23 3 years ago

    picked this up a few months back..would welcome any thoughts on how old it is..this vid was shot once we got it home

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    #24 3 years ago
    Quoted from btw75:

    Appropriate place for a WTB bowler ad?

    I have one of these for sale in Tampa...Need to sell so price is right.

    Was gone through mechanically by Doc Doom.

    http://www.pinrepair.com/bowl/team.htm

    #25 3 years ago

    Heres one of my favourites.. a 1950's peep show machine!!!.. Yep I got it working complete with 1950's B/W peep show film... Last pic is some artwork I did for the backlit topper
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    #26 3 years ago

    All from the basement. Not quite all organized yet, since i just moved, but it's getting there. Ball bowler is a 20 foot model. Other smaller bowlers too (probably way too many of them.) Fortune tellers...

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    #27 3 years ago
    Quoted from Hoopjohn:

    1954 united 11th frame shuffle alley. Notice the tight fit. Excellent game to go next to my log steps, which is too small for a pin, and otherwise dead space.

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    That's a perfect spot for that bowler, but how the heck did you shoehorn it in there?

    #28 3 years ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    That's a perfect spot for that bowler, but how the heck did you shoehorn it in there?

    Unless you have to work on it...

    #29 3 years ago

    I did a mechanical restoration (cleaned all the stepper units, score reels, score motor, pin reset motor, etc) on the shuffle alley before I put it here. Removed the head from the game....and slid it into place. Then put the head back on the game.

    So far, it hasn't required any mechanical attention. The mechanicals on the back box are accessible from behind. If it needs attention under the playfield, I have to remove the backbox, and slide the bowler out. Yes, its a bit of a pain. But I'm happy to be using the space. Rec room real estate is precious.

    A very tight fit. If you look really close, you'll see I had to remove a piece of trim from the head.....just to get it to fit in the tight place.

    I had a 1953 United "Chief" shuffle alley in this spot a year or so ago. When I got my ball bowler operational, I sold the shuffle alley, thinking it would never get played. But some of my buds missed the shuffle alley......and the space wasn't used. So late last year, I picked up the current shuffle alley. Seems the shuffle alley gets about the same amount of game play as the ball bowler.

    Here is my take on ball bowlers. If you've got the rec room real estate, a 16' (or bigger) big ball bowler is the ultimate. If you have kids, a small ball bowler is the ticket, as the smaller bowling ball (3" diameter) is more suited for kids small hands.

    #30 3 years ago

    Close up of the united bowling alley

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    #31 3 years ago
    Quoted from cfh:

    All from the basement. Not quite all organized yet, since i just moved, but it's getting there. Ball bowler is a 20 foot model. Other smaller bowlers too (probably way too many of them.) Fortune tellers..

    Thanks for sharing Clay. No space for a ball bowler but I always wanted one. Would love to see those Fortune Tellers in person......

    #32 3 years ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    That's a perfect spot for that bowler, but how the heck did you shoehorn it in there?

    The guy that helped him move it is still back there.

    #33 3 years ago

    Got some fun things in the basement:
    Condom dispenser - works and is still loaded with sealed prophylactics. I wouldn't trust one, though.
    Westinghouse fans - the 2nd one with brass blades was restored. Very heavy "portable".
    Unrestored "a-ooga-horn" . Not a Claxton, but serves the same purpose. I used to have this mounted on the side of my '63 Corvair.

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    #34 3 years ago

    At first glance, that first pic of the condom machine looked like some big white vending machine with an orange inlay.

    #35 3 years ago
    Quoted from oldcarz:

    Westinghouse fans - the 2nd one with brass blades was restored.

    Have an old fan that is similar - still works great, just have to remember that it'd take my fingers off.

    #36 3 years ago

    I have a couple 8 or 10 inch ZERO wall fans from the 60's that were mounted on the opposite walls in my arcade along with my original 1960's 7-UP electric clock which has a wood frame and still keeps time. 7-UP "You Like It.... It Likes you".

    Ken

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    #37 3 years ago

    Bowler, Gun game and Ringer.

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    #38 3 years ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    Bowler, Gun game and Ringer.

    You should take some close up pictures of your Gun Game and post it in this thread.

    http://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ot-show-us-your-em-gun-games

    Ken

    #39 3 years ago

    A working reproduction of a rare Shake Hands with Uncle Sam strength tester. This item is also the logo for the KLOV web site.

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    #40 3 years ago

    50's Popcorn coin operated vender. Does not pop popcorn just keeps it warm.IMG_1629.jpgIMG_1636.jpgIMG_1634.jpg

    Bill

    #41 3 years ago

    Here's a couple of coin operated candy machines.DSCF5254.JPGDSCF5488.jpgDSCF5489.jpg

    #42 3 years ago
    Quoted from Hoopjohn:

    Close up of the united bowling alley

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    Does your bowler have the ball release mechs still in place (the mechs that trap the ball at the top of the drop, to keep them from being stolen.)? If so, could you shoot a pic and post? I want to re-install them, but have no idea of what they look like!

    #43 3 years ago
    Quoted from Red:

    A working reproduction of a rare Shake Hands with Uncle Sam strength tester.

    Quoted from Red:

    Here's a couple of coin operated candy machines.

    Some very cool machines Red that look to be in pristine condition.

    Ken

    #44 3 years ago

    I know about the ball release mech. When I bought mine, the mech had been disabled and some of the parts were removed. I removed the remaining parts.

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    #45 3 years ago

    Ok, this is a cool thread!

    In Norway we have a history of "flick-a-coin" games. They were at one point all exterminated by allowing to replace them by far better earning slot machines. Actually the same rule applied to any coin-op machine including pinballs and arcade games. The government demanded 25% VAT on all incomes, operators complained and they came up with this rule: replace your amusement/skill machine with a slot-type machine.

    Anyhow, I collect these machines. Many of the most popular ones were produced in Finland, and also used there. In Finland they are called Pajatso. Finland managed to keep the tradition far longer, even today there are some left in operation.

    From my viewpoint these machines share many key features with pinball machines. There is a mechanical almost uncontrollable element. Control requires skill. However gameplay is less complicated. Insert a coin, hit one of the gates and win usually anywhere between 2 and 20 coins.

    I enclose one picture, more pictures and more machines on this link:
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ufobkrn3t15ystl/Mbd5muCENh

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    #46 3 years ago

    Cool. What pin is to the right of "Fire"?

    #47 3 years ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Cool. What pin is to the right of "Fire"?

    Jokerz then Earthshaker

    #48 3 years ago

    Here is a 1940s Dodge hula lamp. She even hulas. She has 3 settings, lit, hula or both. My wife says I need a cooler shade and she's right but the period correct ones aren't cheap.

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    #49 3 years ago
    Quoted from oldcarz:

    Got some fun things in the basement:
    Condom dispenser - works and is still loaded with sealed prophylactics. I wouldn't trust one, though.
    Westinghouse fans - the 2nd one with brass blades was restored. Very heavy "portable".
    Unrestored "a-ooga-horn" . Not a Claxton, but serves the same purpose. I used to have this mounted on the side of my '63 Corvair.

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    George Westinghouse would be proud!

    #50 3 years ago
    Quoted from are:

    Ok, this is a cool thread!
    In Norway we have a history of "flick-a-coin" games. They were at one point all exterminated by allowing to replace them by far better earning slot machines. Actually the same rule applied to any coin-op machine including pinballs and arcade games. The government demanded 25% VAT on all incomes, operators complained and they came up with this rule: replace your amusement/skill machine with a slot-type machine.
    Anyhow, I collect these machines. Many of the most popular ones were produced in Finland, and also used there. In Finland they are called Pajatso. Finland managed to keep the tradition far longer, even today there are some left in operation.
    From my viewpoint these machines share many key features with pinball machines. There is a mechanical almost uncontrollable element. Control requires skill. However gameplay is less complicated. Insert a coin, hit one of the gates and win usually anywhere between 2 and 20 coins.
    I enclose one picture, more pictures and more machines on this link:
    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ufobkrn3t15ystl/Mbd5muCENh

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    Those remind me of my Bally Wulff wall mounted slot machines. The older Gunter Wulff machines were completely mechanical.

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