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American Slot Machines in Print (5 of 8)

History, Appreciation and Identification

The Gamblers

Gamblers and gambling in the Wild West (part of the Time Life Old West series). Some great pictures, a few featuring early coin-operated gaming machines. Hardback, 240 pages, colour and b/w.

1978, Time Life Books, USA.

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Illustrated Price Guide To the 100 Most Collectible Trade Stimulators Volume 1 by R M Bueschel.

The first book about collecting trade stimulators. Over 1000 machines covered, with full details and pictures of 100, plus price guide. Softback, 123 pages, b/w.

1981 (revised), Coin Slot Books, USA.

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Illustrated Price Guide To the 100 Most Collectible Trade Stimulators Volume 2 by R M Bueschel.

Over 1000 machines covered, with full details and pictures of 100, price guide, how to find antique coin machines, a listing of popular trade stimulators of the 1870-1919 period by maker, name and date, maintenance and repair tips, plus 16 pages of rare trade stimulator paperwork. Softback, 192 pages, b/w.

1993 (revised), Coin Slot Books, USA, ISBN 0-86667-005-X.

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Vintage Trade Stimulators and Counter Games by Dick Bueschel.

Detailed descriptions of the machines, dates, manufacturer production data, plus over 800 pictures, a price guide and a wealth of historical context, will make you an instant expert on these previously under-represented coin-ops. Hardback, 264 pages, 792 colour, 24 b/w photos. Our Price: 29.50

1997, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., USA, ISBN 0-7643-0119-5.

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Trade Promotional and Advertising


The Anatomy of a Vintage Slot Machine Mills Novelty Company.

Faithful reproduction of Mills Novelty Company book first published during the "Great Depression" and aimed at the machine operator. Touting a new standard in precision construction, it gives an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the world's largest slot machine factory at that time, plus the great pride Mills took in producing their popular machines. Hardback, 45 pages, b/w.

1978, Post-Era, USA, ISBN 911160-60-4.

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Collector's Treasury of Antique Slot Machines from Contemporary Advertising (1925-1950) by Peter Bach.

This fat volume makes an excellent collector's source book. It is packed with hundreds of pictorial slot machine advertisements reproduced from The Billboard (the foremost American weekly trade paper) from 1920-1950 of one arm bandits, gambling machines, console machines, trade stimulators, pinball machines, novelty vending machines, etc. Hardback, 479 pages, b/w. Our Price: 25

1980, Post-Era, USA, ISBN 0-911160-61-2.

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