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Not a machine, but....

Postby badpenny » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:50 am

Whilst hoovering my way through a box of "everything in here 50p" at a collector's fair years ago I found this unidentified object.............

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Now I know it's none too clear, and after much sucking of hair and tearing of teeth I have concluded that it is a plastic ruler, probably and unbreakable one at that!

Thought I'd get the joke out of the way before Stuart got in there.

As for the brass tag it reads: -

OKLA.CITY
AMUSEMENT MACH.
5¢ -266
EXP. 10 - 31 - 48

Now the questions: -
I take it's a gambling tax thingy from Oklahoma?
Is 5¢ the amount the machine played on?
Would it have been a bandit or trade stimulator?
Did the other States use this method?
Has anybody seen my glasses?
How much would the tax have amounted to in 1948?
How the hell did I manage to type "¢" when it's not on my keyboard nor is the option on this site?

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Re: Not a machine, but....

Postby arrgee » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:44 pm

Actually Badpenny, (before Stuart jumps in)........if you really want to suck hair and tear teeth, I thought it was a scale or scale rule not a ruler, a ruler is usually a head of state or King/Queen.

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Re: Not a machine, but....

Postby badpenny » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:41 pm

Arrgee wrote:Actually Badpenny, (before Stuart jumps in)........if you really want to suck hair and tear teeth, I thought it was a scale or scale rule not a ruler, a ruler is usually a head of state or King/Queen.
Clickety Doo-Dah !PUNISH!

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Re: Not a machine, but....

Postby coin-op » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:13 pm

I've seen these before. I think back then everything from amusement machines to jukeboxes were subject to local taxes. I'd agree that the 5c relates to the play of the machine; so probably not a jukebox as they took several coin denominations.

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Re: Not a machine, but....

Postby slotalot » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:52 pm

Badpenny wrote:Thought I'd get the joke out of the way before Stuart got in there.
ME! as if I would :clown:

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Re: Not a machine, but....

Postby operator bell » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:36 am

5 cents will be what the machine takes, not the tax, which would have been far higher. One of my machines has a Louisiana tax stamp on it. This machine is a Buckley "Long Odds" that was operated in New Orleans. According to the first hit on Google, money in 1948-1953 was worth about 10 times what it is today (it just feels like it must be 100 times).
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Buckley Long Odds
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Louisiana Tax Stamp

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Re: Not a machine, but....

Postby dassav » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:44 pm

What a good looking machine! Can we have some pics of the playfield?


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