Polo anyone?

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Polo anyone?

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Has anyone ever seen a "Play Polo" arcade machine which resembles the Chester Pollard Soccer Game? The figures are mounted on horses... I would be interested as to who manufactured it and just how rare they are... Forty years ago, I saw four of them at the same auction and assumed they were very common but have never seen another since that time.
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I think it was in the late 1980s that undertaker Roger Gillman turned up several Polo mechanisms made by Charles Ahrens. They were interchangeable with the Ahrens Football mechanisms. I suppose it's possible they were sold for this purpose, because there were no cabinets. The coffin-makers were put to work producing oak copies of Ahrens Football cabinets to house the mechs. I don't know how many there were in total, nor do I think I've seen an Ahrens Polo in an original Ahrens cabinet. Unfortunately I can't lay my hands on a picture at the moment. Can you remember where the auction was?
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POLO ARCADE GAME

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I bought all four of these machines, sight unseen, from a Midwest U.S. auction house. From the advertised picture, I assumed they were Chester Pollard machines. I was very surprised to find they worked on the old English penny.... Two of the cases were wood and the others made of steel... It sure is strange that four of these rare machines would show up at the same auction and never appear again....
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Here's a picture of an original Polo on location. This is a photo of the amusement arcade located in Australia in the Adelaide seaside suburb of Glenelg underneath the Big Dipper roller coaster. The Adelaide Luna Park was constructed in 1930 right at the beginning of the Great Depression of the thirties and struggled financially until it was closed down in 1934 and totally dismantled and re-erected at Milson's Point at the foot of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney in 1935.
As a bonus I've added a companion photo of the arcade showing some other rare and interesting British and American machines including a Tug of War.
This Polo was noted as being constructed entirely from Australian flush toilet parts.
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Hi Bob, :D I just love to see these old photos of arcades long gone, !!PHOTO!! thanks for sharing it :tarah:
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Fascinated by those two large viewers "Lunas Little Theatre" and "Little Circus", they are huge. Would these type of machines have just had a model scene of the subject in them or possibly some moving bits like an automaton? Should not think many of this type of viewer has survived today.
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roger wrote:I bought all four of these machines, sight unseen, from a Midwest U.S. auction house. From the advertised picture, I assumed they were Chester Pollard machines. I was very surprised to find they worked on the old English penny.... Two of the cases were wood and the others made of steel... It sure is strange that four of these rare machines would show up at the same auction and never appear again....
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Sounds interesting. Any photos to share?
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Sorry, but I never saved a picture of the four Polo machines. Forty years ago there wasn't much literature available on arcade machines, so I really didn't appreciate what I had. Secondly, there wasn't much interest in collecting large arcade games... lack of space, I guess... even today, large arcade games are not that popular in the U.S. In 1950-60 you could pick up these large arcade machines for a song.
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Wow Bob - fantastic pictures. Thanks for sharing, and what a wonderful line up of games. The Tug of War is my favourite.
Chas. Ahrens produced his competitive floor-standers to order, in oak for indoors and iron-clad for outdoors. Chester Pollard's machines were in less elaborate wooden cabinets and, as far as I know, they only made three games: Play Football, Play Golf (2 versions) and Play the Derby.
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roger wrote:Sorry, but I never saved a picture of the four Polo machines. Forty years ago there wasn't much literature available on arcade machines, so I really didn't appreciate what I had..
Thanks Roger. I was hoping they were a recent find.

Bob, love the photos. I went to Sydney a few years ago but didn't manage to get over to Luna Park although I could see it from my apartment. !!THUMBSX2!!
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