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1940s Groechen IMP trade simulator

Postby ddstoys » Mon May 19, 2014 12:38 pm

Added a new toy to my collection - it's a Groetchen IMP trade simulator.
It's similar to a slot machine with the three reels but to hide the gambling side it's designed to look like a speaker or radio and vend a gumball.
If you got three of a kind you would be awarded a pack of smokes or a cigar. The thing that won me over was the guy telling me these are where the term "close, but no cigar" came from. ;)
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Re: 1940s groetchin IMP trade simulator

Postby coppinpr » Mon May 19, 2014 12:44 pm

Always like trade stims, (it's a stimulator, not a simulator as you put in your post). Does yours have the fag packet reels? If it does, it's almost certainly 1940 pre ww2 (1941), although the instruction plate hints it perhaps had fruit reels (with or without a black cat symbol) which were a little later.

I particularly like the Deco style lady on the front of this one in my collection.
Some paid a token you could redeem for goods. The one pictured below pays a token and it has one attached to the top so the bar tender could check it was one of his tokens when a player redeemed one.
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Re: 1940s groetchin IMP trade simulator

Postby ddstoys » Mon May 19, 2014 1:31 pm

Wow - I like yours - how nice is that. Yes, mine has the cigarette reels. I tried adding other photos - wasn't even sure if the post worked. I'll add another one now.
This one only vends gum but have been offered another that vends a token which I'm so tempted to buy but not until I get my silver king duck shooter
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Re: 1940s Groechen IMP trade simulator

Postby ddstoys » Mon May 19, 2014 9:35 pm

I've been informed by the guy who put me onto this machine that it's more likely late 1920s to early 1930s, which makes it the second oldest piece in my collection.

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Re: 1940s Groechen IMP trade simulator

Postby coppinpr » Tue May 20, 2014 10:00 am

no its 1940's . Bueschel's book on trade stims dates it quite certainly, only a few 1940 pre war (1941) most after the war.

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Re: 1940s Groechen IMP trade simulator

Postby gameswat » Tue May 20, 2014 10:40 am

No excuse for incorrect information anymore with the internet at our fingertips. Only took about 20 seconds to look it up online. http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detai ... me_id=2997

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Re: 1940s Groechen IMP trade simulator

Postby badpenny » Tue May 20, 2014 10:58 am

Knowing where to look and who to believe helps I guess, especially with the internet.
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I know nowt about Canadian wildlife but researched it on the web. Quite frankly I doubt very much what was being suggested about the origins of Beavers. :o

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Re: 1940s Groechen IMP trade simulator

Postby ddstoys » Tue May 20, 2014 11:57 am

Yes the one in the link I found aswell but the guy who put me onto the machine sent me this link. http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detai ... me_id=2996

Not sure which is right and I don't really care I like it either way

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Re: 1940s Groechen IMP trade simulator

Postby coppinpr » Tue May 20, 2014 1:34 pm

No excuse for incorrect information anymore with the internet at our fingertips. Only took about 20 seconds to look it up online
True Gameswat , in this case, but interesting that had your search taken you just a little differently ON THE SAME WEB SITE you would have got quite the wrong info, there is a lot of wrong info on that site and this is a good example. Engle did make an Imp in 1927 but the photos on the museum site are all of Grotchen 1940's machines. A machine with that design in 1927 would have been VERY futuristic, the photo below is an Engle 1927 Imp and has a typical 1920's design.
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Below is one of my favourite trade stims in my collection
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Re: 1940s Groechen IMP trade simulator

Postby coppinpr » Tue May 20, 2014 1:57 pm

I can beat BP's mercury cakes, this is real scary, a mask containing radium to cure face and neck cancer ,used in 1913, it contained enough radium to burn off the cancer but also the face, either that or it was meant to scare the cancer away
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