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Empire Amusement Machine Fortune Teller

Postby hottoddy » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:06 pm

Hello and Happy Holidays,

I recently came across this Fortune Teller type machine. I cannot find anything about it. Does anyone on this wonderful site know of this machine or manufacturer?

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Re: Empire Amusement Machine Fortune Teller

Postby gameswat » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:36 pm

Toddy, the maker's name is printed on the face. Someone blacked it out years ago but that has faded and seems like it would be legible in person or with a better photo. Last part of maker's name looks like ?????? CARSON - 159 Plane Street, ???eby Road, Hull.

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Re: Empire Amusement Machine Fortune Teller

Postby pennymachines » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:06 pm

I wonder if similarities to this shocker are coincidental.
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Re: Empire Amusement Machine Fortune Teller

Postby treefrog » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:20 pm

Blimey :!: did you post the wrong picture Mr PM as I cannot see a single thing on this shocker related to the fortune teller....must be me eyes again. !LOOK!

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Re: Empire Amusement Machine Fortune Teller

Postby pennymachines » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:30 pm

The unusual sloped back narrow cabinet brought it to mind - but that's about it.

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Re: Empire Amusement Machine Fortune Teller

Postby coppinpr » Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:55 pm

Interesting to look at the Google map of 159 Plane St., Hull. It's a street of early 20th cent terraced houses, but number 159 is an alley way leading between the houses to a small group of (also early 20th cent looking) workshops. The original buildings that made this machine? Can't track the company though. If we had the first part of the name...perhaps!

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Re: Empire Amusement Machine Fortune Teller

Postby JC » Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:28 pm

The dial appears very similar to the Bolland Predicta fortune tellers. However, I'd say Oliver Whales - the elaborate coin entries (which at the rear also incorporate the coin acceptor mechanisms) are often found on Whales Kiss-O-Meter machines.

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Re: Empire Amusement Machine Fortune Teller

Postby hottoddy » Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:53 am

Thank you for everyone's reply. I first thought it looked like a Bryan's machine. The case looks like a Fruit Bowl or Rippler and the square edged coin entry/card dispenser reminds me of a Bryan's Clock. Sorry, but I do not have the machine in my possession for a closer look. If anyone is interested in purchasing please PM me and I can forward you on to the owner. Thanks Again!!

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Re: Empire Amusement Machine Fortune Teller

Postby john t peterson » Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:17 pm

I think Jerry is close. The mechanism face is just like "Predicta" which is listed as having be made by George Barnes, 1924. If Bolland got the idea from him, Oliver Whales is listed as having been an agent for Bolland and the casing/coin entry does look suspiciously like Whales. Seems to me there was a lot of messin' going on in coin-op during the day. o0O0o

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