I'm new to this forum, so I hope I'm not breaking any rules by posting here. I didn't see anywhere that I was supposed to make an official "intro" post, but if there is one feel free to point me that way.
I'm currently working on a website about coin operated rides, specifically concentrating on those made (or distributed) in the UK from the 50s-90s... I know they're not the most "popular" of slot machines, and have been rather neglected before now, but their history fascinates me and I would love to make some kind of comprehensive guide to the different models and their manufacturers someday.
When I was little and loved these machines, my mum decided it would be fun to see how many different ones we could photograph. To cut a long story short, we ended up with nearly 2000 photographs taken throughout England which has given me a good
start for the website! Unfortunately, I wasn't born until 1991 though, so we only saw the very tail end of what I consider the "classic" kiddie rides of the 50s-70s. Hence, I'm desperately seeking old photos for the site if anyone here has some that they wouldn't mind sharing. Full credit would be given, of course.
Specifically relating to this thread, I was fascinated to see the Mablethorpe photographs! I know the Noddy Rock-a-Boat, which I believe to be an early Edwin Hall ride, was still there in the late 90s. As was Star-Dust (made by Walter Streets & Co), I believe. But he had been re-painted and fixed on a different (barrel-shaped) base if he was indeed the same one. And I've heard such a lot about the Edwin Hall flying saucer from old newscuttings etc., but had never seen a picture before - I was so excited to find this thread!
Also, in response to Andy Doran's photos, I've not been able to find much about Robinson Partners either. I do know the company was formed in 1949 and was listed as a "scientific instrument manufacturing" company (no idea what that's all about. All I could think of was maybe coin operated telescopes or weighing scales!) in phone books over the years. They were located in Barnes (Westfield Works? The same premises as Samson Novelty Company) until the mid-90s when both companies folded together. There's really not a lot of info about what they made out there, but I believe their first kiddie ride was a horse which was released in 1954 and I do have a few photos of other Robinson Partners rides. The second photo in PennyMachines post is a Robinson Partners horse.
Is anyone here in contact with Mr Doran? I'm wondering if there's a manufacturer mentioned on the Moonbug ride? I suspect it's a RG Mitchell ride but would really appreciate confirmation of that!
And finally, I thought I'd share a handfull of photos from my collection with anyone here who may be interested. I'll give you all a link over to the website once it is complete too.