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Show us your old operator decals, etc.

By jrpinball

2 years ago


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    #1 2 years ago

    I'm thinking this may not have yet been covered here, so here goes.
    Picked up a Gottlieb "Gold Strike" yesterday, and it had this decal right on the upper left corner of the backglass. I decided to leave it be.
    It was from a local operator which I do remember back in the '70s.
    Show us yours!

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    #2 2 years ago

    R & Y Amusements was located on the corner of Broadway and Elwood Ave in Newark NJ. It was across the street from the Elwood movie theater, which I use to go to every Saturday( two movies for 35 cents)and Broadway Jr High School, which I attended in 1967 and 1968.

    Back in 1969 at the age of 13 my dad and I bought a Gottlieb Sweet Hearts from R&Y Amusements. Finding this Eldorado over 15 years ago in a town called Essex Fells with R&Y sticker on it is a special connection to my younger days when pinball ruled my world.

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    #3 2 years ago
    Quoted from Vic_Camp:

    R & Y Amusements was located on the corner of Broadway and Elwood Ave in Newark NJ. It was across the street from the Elwood movie theater, which I use to go to every Saturday( two movies for 35 cents)and Broadway Jr High School, which I attended in 1967 and 1968.
    Back in 1969 at the age of 13 my dad and I bought a Gottlieb Sweet Hearts from R&Y Amusements. Finding this Eldorado over 15 years ago in a town called Essex Fells with R&Y sticker on it is a special connection to my younger days when pinball ruled my world.[quoted image][quoted image]

    That's cool Vic! In my neck of the woods (northern Virginia/Alexandria VA) 'Michaels Vending' was a leader of pin games for many of the arcades/department stores in our area. It's always neat to find games with the old Michaels Vending sticker on the apron (although they're a bitch to get off without mucking up the apron paint). Michaels always kept their pins in primo shape... always clean, always perfectly working... I remember many times seeing a game not working one day, and then seeing the Michaels repair guy there the next day... great way to get free games watching the repair guys do their thing.

    #4 2 years ago

    The first pic is off of my GIGI and the other is on my SkeeBall (rolodex) hood.

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    #5 2 years ago

    I love seeing these. Gives a bit of history about the machine

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    #6 2 years ago

    Here is my 1960 Pinball license!

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    #7 2 years ago

    Here's one from the operator I worked at for 28 years. I put one of these decals on every machine I uncrated.
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    #8 2 years ago
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    #9 2 years ago

    Not sure what these represent but it was a routed game.

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    #10 2 years ago

    I have a couple in here people might find interesting.

    LTG : )

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    #11 2 years ago

    From my Bally Expressway, two different tag/stamps

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    #12 2 years ago
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    #13 2 years ago

    On my CFTBL

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    #14 2 years ago

    I like operator stickers and always leave them on the games.

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    #15 2 years ago

    Great thread! I’ll get some up shortly.

    #16 2 years ago

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    #17 2 years ago

    Solar City which I bought from T&T Vending.
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    High Hand.
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    #18 2 years ago

    Fun thread! Here’s what’s left of the decal on my Big Indian, evidence that I go to the York show.

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    #19 2 years ago

    My Earthshaker and Simpsons came with these neat operator keychains. The red one has a jukebox silkscreened on the other side.

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    #20 2 years ago

    So an older man in 80’s calls me about a 1965 Gottlieb Bank a Ball he bought in 1969. He lived about a mile from my home and said he either wanted to sell it or get it repaired and give it to his three grandsons.

    I go there and the game needs a total restoration since it’s been sitting for over 40 years.

    I plug it in and it started to smoke. The left flipper assembly is apart and laying in the lower cabinet coin box and too many other issues to list.

    He asked me what it would cost if I did the restoration....Then I noticed the sticker on the top metal apron and lower card tray. There it was, the sticker I use to put on the games at the store Coin Amusements, where I worked at from age 12 to 17 (1968 to 1973).

    I told him I would do it for free, if I could swap my card tray from my Bank a Ball in my collection for the one in his game after telling him a big story about my time spent working there.

    I ended up spending 6 weekends there and about an average of 10 to 12 hours per weekend. I got the game looking and playing great again and made a friend after all was said and done.

    He was very happy to hand down that game from Coin Amusements that he cherished for many years to his son and grandsons and every time I see the sticker on my Bank a Ball when I play it, brings me back to my old job at Coin Amusements on Mt Prospect Ave in Newark NJ, that I loved so much back then.

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    #21 2 years ago
    Quoted from Vic_Camp:

    So an older man in 80’s calls me about a 1965 Gottlieb Bank a Ball. He lives about a mile from my home. He wants to either sell it or get it repaired and give it his three grandsons.
    I go there and the game needs a total restoration since it’s been sitting for over 40 years.
    I plug it in and it started to smoke. The left flipper assembly is apart and laying in the lower cabinet coin box and too many other issues to list.
    He asked me what it would cost if I did the restoration....Then I noticed the sticker on the top metal apron and lower card tray. There it was, the sticker I use to put on the games at the store Coin Amusements, where I worked at from age 12 to 17 (1968 to 1973).
    I told him I would do it for free, if I could swap my card tray from my Bank a Ball in my collection for the one in his game after telling him a big story about my time spent working there.
    I ended up spending 6 weekends there and about an average of 10 to 12 hours per weekend. I got the game looking and playing great again and made a friend after all was said and done.
    He was very happy to hand down that game from Coin Amusements that he cherished for many years to his son and grandsons and every time I see the sticker on my Bank a Ball when I play it, brings me back to my old job at Coin Amusements on Mt Prospect Ave in Newark NJ, that I loved so much back then.
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    You did say that the machine started to smoke when you first plugged it in!

    #22 2 years ago

    I got one.

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    #23 2 years ago

    I'm not a big fan of them on aprons, but better than ruining an apron trying to peel them off.

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    #24 2 years ago

    On my Devil Riders.

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    #25 2 years ago

    My first thought when seeing this was, "What happens when Elizabeth leaves Ajax Amusement?" Then my brain kicked in. Duh. My phone prefix when growing up was "STerling 2."

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    #26 2 years ago

    Can't remember which game I found this in.

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    #27 2 years ago

    This is the only other vendor sticker I have on a game out of all 40+ games in my collection. It’s on a 1961 Bally Lite a Line (6 card) bingo pinball machine.

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    #28 2 years ago

    On my brother's "Sky Line".

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    #29 2 years ago

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    #31 2 years ago

    I bought this 1966 Gottlieb Super Sore in Jan 2019, but no longer own it.

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    #32 2 years ago
    Quoted from Vic_Camp:

    So an older man in 80’s calls me about a 1965 Gottlieb Bank a Ball he bought in 1969. He lived about a mile from my home and said he either wanted to sell it or get it repaired and give it to his three grandsons.
    I go there and the game needs a total restoration since it’s been sitting for over 40 years.
    I plug it in and it started to smoke. The left flipper assembly is apart and laying in the lower cabinet coin box and too many other issues to list.
    He asked me what it would cost if I did the restoration....Then I noticed the sticker on the top metal apron and lower card tray. There it was, the sticker I use to put on the games at the store Coin Amusements, where I worked at from age 12 to 17 (1968 to 1973).
    I told him I would do it for free, if I could swap my card tray from my Bank a Ball in my collection for the one in his game after telling him a big story about my time spent working there.
    I ended up spending 6 weekends there and about an average of 10 to 12 hours per weekend. I got the game looking and playing great again and made a friend after all was said and done.
    He was very happy to hand down that game from Coin Amusements that he cherished for many years to his son and grandsons and every time I see the sticker on my Bank a Ball when I play it, brings me back to my old job at Coin Amusements on Mt Prospect Ave in Newark NJ, that I loved so much back then.
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    What a great story!

    #33 2 years ago
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    #34 2 years ago

    This is on a Golden Arrow

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    #35 2 years ago

    Here are some neat ones from a Firecracker that was in Germany

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    #36 2 years ago
    Quoted from ckcsm:

    Here are some neat ones from a Firecracker that was in Germany[quoted image][quoted image]

    It's like Lowenbrau!

    #37 2 years ago

    German beer and pinball great combo

    #38 2 years ago
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    #39 2 years ago

    For some reason, I can't delete an image once I select it. That's why I have the vertical image as well as the corrected horizontal one.

    #40 2 years ago
    Quoted from Vic_Camp:

    brings me back to my old job at Coin Amusements on Mt Prospect Ave in Newark NJ, that I loved so much back then.

    I see two beautiful things taking place here.
    It brings back wonderful memories from some of the best years of your life,
    and after having the machine for 50 years, the older Gentlemen keeps it in
    the Family which in a way, it has to be part of the Family itself..

    #41 2 years ago

    Seneca Vending brings back a memory.
    After picking up the machine that got me started in the hobby (1956 Shuffle Alley), I started
    asking around about finding a parts machine. A Friend knew a Friend that worked for a
    Vendor and I could have a machine for free. While walking through the warehouse, everything
    was black and charcoaled from a recent (huge) fire. I remember seeing the plastics on the dart
    boards totally melted, but in a far back corner there was a Shuffle. I think the only thing worth
    even saving for parts. It was totally black and had no idea what it was.
    After bringing it home, I cleaned it up (the best I could) and decided to try and save it. It was
    rough, but since my first machine ( the Shuffle) was more less in boxes when bringing it home,
    I figured I have a chance. This machine was the first one of the United Playboys that I had.
    Being fresh in the hobby, I never even knew such a machine existed.
    Those score reels were 100% frozen (along with much else), but got her operating 100%.
    I'm sure it was the last surviving machine that came out of Seneca Music which was only a
    couple towns away..

    #42 2 years ago
    Quoted from Skidave:

    I'm not a big fan of them on aprons, but better than ruining an apron trying to peel them off.[quoted image]

    I recognize you don’t like the apron stickers (neither do I) but I’m very grateful for you posting this - it has brought back some great memories.

    Very cool to see that this machine made it down to you in PA!

    #43 2 years ago
    Quoted from ckcsm:

    Here are some neat ones from a Firecracker that was in Germany[quoted image][quoted image]

    Got the same on my Wiggler (Germain version):
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    #44 2 years ago

    We had a Barnacle Bill machine when I was a kid. At some point, my father lost interest in maintaining it, so that responsibility fell on me.
    I needed new bumpers for our machine, and locating them was challenging for a 16 year old kid.
    In the seventies, before the internet, finding parts meant making lots of phone calls.
    We lived in Bethlehem, so I eventually located Paula Vending in the Yellow Pages.
    I was 16 and just got my drivers license. Driving there was scary for me. It was the first time I had driven alone!

    I found Paula Vending and went inside. It was kind of dark, and filled with pinball machines and juke boxes. Nobody was there.
    I wandered around till some older guy saw me and asked if I needed help.
    He sat down with me, opened his service kit and produced a huge bag full of white rubber bumpers.
    He took the time and we sorted through them till I had what I needed.
    I don't think he even made me pay for them!

    It was a strange and cool experience, I'll never forget!

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    #45 2 years ago

    Cool thread.

    Although Dan from New Freedom posted same, here is one from a Kings & Queens that I purchased at the York show a few years ago. Really adds character to the machine. Lee
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    #46 2 years ago

    I like that one. It would look great on a Gottlieb "Melody"!

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    #47 2 years ago

    Here's an interesting one.
    Obviously, pre-PBR.

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    #48 2 years ago

    On the apron of my Bally Sky Kings.

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    #49 2 years ago

    Wow! That card for Steve Young is a classic from the way-back machine.

    It sometimes seems to me that PA was the land o' plenty when it came to operators and pinball machines. I grew up in MA and my area was a relative desert when it came to pinball machines located on routes. Always a machine at the bowling alleys in my town, but others were hard to find. I went to University in PA and there were pinball machines seemingly everywhere.

    #50 2 years ago

    Good reference for what a Gottlieb two player game sold for new in the box back in 1977. This game found its way to South Orange, New Jersey.
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