I'm pretty sure the marquee on that Ahrens Automatic Palmistry
is correct. You see that style of top on many different Ahrens arcade pieces, like the Pile Driver
, Marksman Shooter
, Marathon Cycle Race
, Jolly Fireman Racer
The expensive ebay marquee is from an Arnold Automatic Palm Reader
pennymachines wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 08, 2008 5:37 pm
Below is the top of an unidentified American Automatic Palm Reader
which may pre-date the British versions.
Having studied these things a little more since I wrote that, I can now identify the American Palm reader on the previous page as a Marvin & Casler Co. Palm Reader
. There's one in the next Morphy auction:
This historic arcade machine was manufactured in 1905 by Marvin and Casler Co. of New York and is a very interesting coin-operated machine. By pulling the handle with the left hand, patron must place right hand on the flat surface. The interior mechanism rises to equal level, reading their fortune, which is then dispensed below. The large wooden cabinet is made of oak with a rich finish, accentuating the brass and nickel-plated features. The top façade is a mirror with a glass door. This machine has been completely restored and is in beautiful condition. With keys. This is not a standard shippable item and will require 3rd party shipping or pickup arrangements to be made.Keys: Yes Condition (Restored). Dimensions 31" x 27" x 73 - 1/2".
Astonishingly, this all mechanical machine determines which card stack to dispense from by actually 'reading' the palm! No doubt Charles Ahrens got his idea of the palm-tickling pins from this.