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British Slot Machines in Print (2 of 4)

History, Appreciation and Identification


The People's Palaces: Britain's Seaside Pleasure Buildings by Lynn F Pearson.

In-depth, scholarly account (with many early photos) of the development of Britain's seaside resorts: the piers, pavilions, winter gardens, side shows, theatres, aquaria, crystal palaces and towers. An insight into the environment from which many of the machines we collect were plucked. We hold the only remaining stock of this book. Hardback, 112 pages, b/w. Out of print. Our Price: 12

1991 Barracuda Books Ltd., England, ISBN 0-86023-455-X.

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Piers and other Seaside Architecture by Lynn F Pearson.

Colourful, inventive and fun, the architecture of the seaside, the early piers, pavilions, pleasure domes and palaces of entertainment formed the perfect backdrop for the penny amusement machines: a fascinating, well illustrated account. Softback, 40 pages, colour & b/w. Our Price: 4.90

2002, Shire Publications Ltd., UK, ISBN 0-7478-0539-3.

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Pennies by the Sea: The Life and Times of Joyland Amusements, Bridlington by Nick Laister.

The first book on the phenomenon of the seaside amusement arcade, based around the history of what was one of Britain's largest – Joyland Amusements in the East Yorkshire seaside resort of Bridlington. Enter a wonderful world of long days, colourful lights and enormous innovation, an insight into a way of life that once existed at seaside resorts up and down the country but has now largely disappeared. Read review here. Softback, 122 pages, b/w. Our Price: 16.00

2006 Skelter Publishing LLP., England, ISBN 0954457358.

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Auctions & Sales


Arcadia '85:  Illustrated Auction Catalogue

Europe's first major exhibition and auction of antique slot machines, pinballs, jukeboxes, mechanical music and associated items was held at the Park Hall Exhibition Centre, Charnock Richard, Lancashire on 05/10/85. The catalogue lists 288 lots with details of manufacturers and prices realized and incorporates a concise history and museum guide by Jon Gresham. 107 pictures in total. Softback, 42 pages, b/w.

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Arcadia '87: Illustrated Auction Catalogue

Europe's second major exhibition and auction of antique slot machines, pinballs, jukeboxes, mechanical music and associated items was held at the New Horticultural Hall, Greycoat Street, Victoria, London on 18/10/87. The catalogue lists 266 lots with prices realized and provides a good source of reference, with 40 pictures. Softback, 32 pages, b/w. Our Price: 7

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The Costa-Haskell Collection

132 pictures of "Early and Important Coin Machines" (mostly rare British). Offers for the combined collections were invited in the region of 750,000. After the stampede (in the wrong direction), the collection was broken-up and pieces sold separately. Softback, 35 pages, colour.

1997, Nic Costa and Paul Haskell.

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John Carter's Auction

Important sale of British and other vintage amusement machines from the John Carter Steam Fair collection (209 lots) held on 19th November 2000. Softback, 14 pages, b/w.

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Other Sales

The first major sales of antique amusement machines and related items were held by Sotheby's in their Specialist Sales from the late 1970s until the late 1980s. Bonhams took the baton throughout the 1990s. Regular sales were also organized from the early 1990s by Alan Goldsmith and Steve Hunt. Bonhams and Christie's now tend to place slot machines in their Mechanical Music sales.

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