General vintage slot machine related topics.
cheeky
Posts: 480
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:19 pm
Location: North East Essex

Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby cheeky » Fri Apr 17, 2020 4:37 pm

I remember the 1970s when arcades were awash with one arm bandits. Most were Bally and Aristocrats, some Jubilee, a handful of Sega, and the token Jennings Governor in each arcade. I never saw a Mills bandit.

So my question, if indeed it can be answered....

How come, proportionally speaking, I always see so many Jennings Governors for sale? There must be thousands of Ballys and Aristocrats out there and yes, they do come up for sale from time to time, but Jennings Governors? :!?!:

User avatar
coppinpr
Posts: 4003
Joined: Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:01 pm
Location: Lewes, East Sussex
Contact:

Re: Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby coppinpr » Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:54 pm

Could it be that the classic lines and appealing design of the Jennings saved so many from the scrap yard? As, even today (of the basic bandits), it fetches the top prices because of its desirability. :!?!:
In the '70s I worked in London arcades and we had ONLY Mills Hi-tops and no Aristos. I can't imagine why. !PUZZLED!

User avatar
treefrog
Posts: 3614
Joined: Mon Sep 29, 2008 2:46 pm
Location: Suffolk

Re: Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby treefrog » Sun Apr 19, 2020 12:10 am

Also half the Aristocrats and Jubilees you would have seen were made in the 1970s.

cheeky
Posts: 480
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:19 pm
Location: North East Essex

Re: Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby cheeky » Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:04 pm

Good point Treefrog, although probably late '60s, as they had big holes in them. The Jennings were so reliable so I don't think reliability or ageism saw them leave the stage early. Interesting to hear about the London gaffs using Mills and Aristocrats though.

As you say Coppinpr, maybe it was just the attractive design of the Jennings that saved them and more of the other bandits were just binned. :!?!:

User avatar
brigham
Posts: 601
Joined: Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:37 pm

Re: Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby brigham » Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:52 am

You might ask "Why so many Morris Minors...?"
The reason is probably the same; they had a strong following even before production ended.

cheeky
Posts: 480
Joined: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:19 pm
Location: North East Essex

Re: Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby cheeky » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:40 am

What’s a Morris Minor? :lol:

User avatar
brigham
Posts: 601
Joined: Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:37 pm

Re: Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby brigham » Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:04 pm

It's a small cigarette:-
"10 minutes to wait- so Mine's a Minor!"

User avatar
pennymachines
Site Admin
Posts: 4975
Joined: Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:12 am
Location: The Black Country
Contact:

Re: Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby pennymachines » Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:48 pm

cheeky wrote:
Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:40 am
What’s a Morris Minor? :lol:
A tool for transporting vintage slot machines.
morris.jpg

User avatar
badpenny
Forum Moderator
Posts: 6225
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 12:41 pm
Location: East Midlands
Contact:

Re: Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby badpenny » Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:01 pm

Ah! The child of a Morris Grown-up.

BP :D

User avatar
pennymachines
Site Admin
Posts: 4975
Joined: Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:12 am
Location: The Black Country
Contact:

Re: Why so many Jennings Governors....?

Postby pennymachines » Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:49 pm

That would be Morris Major....


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest