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by bob
Mon May 27, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: The advent of motors in pinball
Replies: 17
Views: 733

Re: The advent of motors in pinball

Dear "SHE" I am delighted to learn that I am talking to SHE, what a stupid presumption for me to have made. I didn't think I had presented it like a prosecutor giving opening arguments to a judge but rather that I could back up my beliefs and memories by some documentation and memories of my youth. ...
by bob
Mon May 27, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: The advent of motors in pinball
Replies: 17
Views: 733

Re: The advent of motors in pinball

Skipper pinballs were common in the "pinball parlours" (penny arcades) of my youth in 1940s Melbourne. Whilst there were sometimes some scary characters, the guys in the advertisement looked more like the policemen of the time who gave the owners of arcades a hard time.
by bob
Mon May 27, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: The advent of motors in pinball
Replies: 17
Views: 733

Re: The advent of motors in pinball

cait001 is "pretty sure that Bumper does not award replays" and has "played 2 different copies and none had replays awarded anywhere." But that does not mean that they were conserved or restored correctly or that either current owner of these machines understood their operation fully. I have owned b...
by bob
Mon May 27, 2019 2:22 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: The advent of motors in pinball
Replies: 17
Views: 733

Re: The advent of motors

The illustrations accompanying my first posting show the payout mechanism from a Skipper. This is activated by what is unmistakeably a motor. Rocket would have had a similar motor driven payout system. The illustrations accompanying my second posting show the scoring system from a Skipper and Bumper...
by bob
Sun May 26, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: The advent of motors in pinball
Replies: 17
Views: 733

Re: The advent of motors

Thanks Mr Pennymachines for resolving the correct date of the first use of a motor in a pinball machine. Rocket which showed the score on the playfield would have had a similar payout mechanism to Bumper and Skipper with a motor. Bally's Bumper and Skipper came out with coiled bumpers on the playfie...
by bob
Sun May 26, 2019 3:27 am
Forum: Questions and Answers
Topic: The advent of motors in pinball
Replies: 17
Views: 733

Re: The advent of motors

Bally pin ball machines of the thirties used a motor in their payout unit. Skipper brought out in 1936/7 was the first to use this unit.
by bob
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Coin op Items in Collectables Auction in Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 1216

Re: Coin op Items in Collectables Auction in Australia

I learnt only recently of an excellent website relating to Cox's Gold Sovereign changers etc from Gameswat that would also interest Sweetmeats if he is not already aware of it: http://ftldesign.com/Cox/index.html Cox’s 1907 Gold Changer and 1890s Tills - FTL Design The British censuses of 1891 and 1...
by bob
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Coin op Items in Collectables Auction in Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 1216

Re: Coin op Items in Collectables Auction in Australia

Here's a link to the auction catalogue: https://hibid.com/catalog/162686/31st-march/?g=all-categories&cpage=3 That's where I got my photos from which is why they are such small files. I did photograph the Cox's tall model sovereign changer before from the owner. Who it was, I've forgotten as it was ...
by bob
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Coin op Items in Collectables Auction in Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 1216

Coin op Items in Collectables Auction in Australia

Last Sunday a collectables auction, that contained quite a number of coin operated machines, was held in Wandin North, a country town about an hour’s drive from Melbourne. Most of the items were from one vendor and were bought by a floor bidder for quite interesting prices particularly for the 1930s...
by bob
Wed Mar 27, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Discoveries
Topic: Buchanan 'The Australia' identified
Replies: 19
Views: 1971

Re: Buchanan 'The Australia' identified

I am not suggesting that they are exactly the same designs, but to me they seem to be the work of the same designer and are a reworking of material that he or she has previously used on the cash registers. Other people may not agree.