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

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My www.penny-arcade.info site has recently acquired what is sometimes referred to as "the Holloway collection" of early slot machine photos. These will form a new section on the website. At the moment I'm scanning the negatives and doing what I can to repair and improve the quality, some are very poor, many of the photos are over 75 years old, some of the photos are photos of older photos (and many of the machines in the photos are much older) every scan reveals another rare machine but these two really caught my eye today, I've never seen the like, anyone have any details? Head Ball?? two gangs of metal men appear to try and head the large ball into the other player's net? :o while the other machine puts a new meaning to the word "TILT".
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The Head Ball was made by London Automatic Machine Company in 1926 (page 140, Nic Costa's Automatic Pleasures). As can be seen by the delivery hole in the backdrop, the ball is large, and bounces over the footlallers' heads as they bob up and down, controlled by the two levers. Clive operates one, and there are a few others scattered around in collector hands. We have previously discussed Stevenson & Lovett's Swing-It. Very few seem to have survived.
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There was a Head Ball in Mablethorpe in the 70s. I can't quite remember which arcade at the minute. Likely Jacksons Radio. Played it a few times.
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Yes, we operated the Head Ball at the Manchester Football Museum. It's an interesting concept but the game is over far too quickly usually only within several seconds. However it's far better than any of the footballers for taking money as the footballer machines look nice but the game can go on and on and even have the ball abandoned whilst still in play sometimes, as players (especially younger ones) get bored.
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is there something missing from this machine? if not how does the ball get to the play field !PUZZLED!
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"It’s Easy" - the ball shoots up the covered metal channel on the far right of the playfield. These vertical bagatelles, made by Bollands and BMCo. are dropcase games, not allwins. See Pin Royal in the Museum.
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First, congrats on the pictures! I can't wait for the new site section to be revealed.

Any idea what the gameplay of Swing It is? Does the wheel tilt the playfield left and right?
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Any idea what the gameplay of Swing It is? Does the wheel tilt the playfield left and right?
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here are three very sad photos...try not to cry :cry: and before anyone asked for the address, these photos are over 30 years old :#:
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Sad indeed, but look on the bright side - if they did rot away or were scrapped as many were 40 to 50 years ago, then machines that have survived become more sought after with values increasing year on year
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