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by sweetmeats
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Pipe Dream
Replies: 10
Views: 1569

Re: Pipe Dream

I can tell you how David Copperfield came to know about and buy the yacht racer. A friend of mine at the time who was a professional photographer who lived in Deal had a daughter who was a magician working in Vegas. While visiting her she was approached by David to introduce him to her father who sh...
by sweetmeats
Wed Jul 21, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Pipe Dream
Replies: 10
Views: 1569

Re: Pipe Dream

I agree that gameswat's suggestion that each machine was worked on "off site" and then swapped over on location is much more likely.
by sweetmeats
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Pipe Dream
Replies: 10
Views: 1569

Re: Pipe Dream

Son now home so pictures now added.
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by sweetmeats
Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Pipe Dream
Replies: 10
Views: 1569

Re: Pipe Dream

I am afraid this a dream that can never be realised for the following reason - only one of these exists and is now in a collection in New York. This used to be owned by the late Bob Klepner, and was originally part of a consignment sold to Australia circa 1903 by Rollands, the only machines he ever ...
by sweetmeats
Tue Jul 20, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Let's Talk about Slots
Topic: The Undiscovered
Replies: 12
Views: 1851

Re: The Undiscovered

Copied & split from Pipe Dream - Site Admin.

My pipe dream machine would be the Holy Grail machine - the Palmer's Cycle Racer. I have seen this machine on postcards on several piers and tea gardens and hotels and other locations. I am not aware that any survive, but maybe???
by sweetmeats
Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Octagonal mutoscope rarity?
Replies: 6
Views: 805

Re: Octagonal mutoscope rarity?

There is an illustration of the mutoscope stand in Nick Costa's book, page194. I have seen four of these in England (one of these now in the USA). There must be others. Much rarer are the triangular marques. The one illustrated in Costa's book is a line drawing and not correct. The only original one...
by sweetmeats
Wed Jun 30, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Auction Community
Topic: Dutch Auction
Replies: 6
Views: 740

Dutch Auction

Dutch Auction Company auction on 10 July cat now on saleroom, well worth a look. Sale includes shooters, shockers, fortune tellers and a crane plus many other lots. The estimates seem high but the starting bids are set at half the lower estimates so guess these are the reserves. Listed also on this ...
by sweetmeats
Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Let's Talk about Slots
Topic: Very old amusement arcade
Replies: 16
Views: 1852

Re: Very old amusement arcade

This is a picture of the iron clads by the gents toilets at Chessington Zoo. I was told that Mr Bolland said that this site was one of their best money takers.
by sweetmeats
Fri Jun 25, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Let's Talk about Slots
Topic: Very old amusement arcade
Replies: 16
Views: 1852

Re: Very old amusement arcade

These machines were at Chessington Zoo, operated by Samson (Holloway). More pictures to follow, including Bolland's fortune tellers located next to the gents toilet! Anyone to spend a penny?
by sweetmeats
Sun Jun 20, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Discoveries
Topic: I'd like to know a little bit more about these two machines
Replies: 11
Views: 1298

Re: I'd like to know a little bit more about these two machines

The Steer-A-Boat did work with a magnet. On the bridges was a snag to catch the aerial on the boat as it passed through, meaning the boat stopped and the magnet moved on without the boat. I had one of these machines in a wooden case similar to the Ahrens football two player game with an enamel marqu...