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Re: Palm reading fortune tellers

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:50 pm
by pennymachines
An earlier looking example of Marvin & Casler Co.'s Palm Reader just sold at the Cedar Point Auction, Cleveland, USA.

Re: Palm reading fortune tellers

Posted: Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:52 pm
by treefrog
Tonight’s antique roadshow a lady had an Arnold Palm Reader version she had had for 30 years. Valued at £600 and has the holes like all previous versions mentioned. A lot of machines were scrapped back in the day.....

Re: Palm reading fortune tellers

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:00 am
by sentimental salvage
I have a couple of Ahrens palm readers.

Re: Palm reading fortune tellers

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:42 am
by treefrog
!!THUMBSX2!! Wow a matching pair... If I remember, you hoped to get a museum going, is it running yet?

Re: Palm reading fortune tellers

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:48 am
by sentimental salvage
@Treefrog...Museums were banned along with everything else :( It's nearing completion and I will be up and running as soon as The Govt. allows me.

Re: Palm reading fortune tellers

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 3:15 pm
by tim575
I have one in the US like the one a previous post showed with the narrow cabinet. Coin shoot plat markings included Patented May 28, 1907 and August 12, 1919. It has four types of cards, but no marking of the printer/maker on old cards in it, but newer cards have 'Munves 1944 copyright', and I see it in a Munves catalog where he was selling refurbished units 1939-1944.

I saw some references attributing the machine to ESCO in the '30s. Patents show it was conceived by Marvin & Casler Co in 1905. There was a version patented in 1919 by Harry Marvin which is the narrow simpler four slot version compared to the 1905 design. Related Patents are #854752 filed 1905 and #1312860 filed 1919 for the four slot version, if that helps any.

Re: Palm reading fortune tellers

Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:02 pm
by pennymachines
Some good info there - thanks! I'd love to see your version. !!PHOTO!!

Re: Palm reading fortune tellers

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 3:59 pm
by tim575
It is the same one that used to be in Mike&Todd's collection, I purchased it in 2011 and is shown in one of the u-tube vids in the fortune teller section of this site.

Re: Palm reading fortune tellers

Posted: Sat May 02, 2020 5:59 pm
by pennymachines
Oh yes, I see it. Thank you for that.