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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby pennymachines » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:36 am

You can see your machine on location amongst rows of Cricketers and Little Stockbrokers towards the end of this clip of Margate's Dreamland arcade, 1953.

https://www.metacafe.com/watch/4559342/o_dreamland/

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby badpenny » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:29 am

One of your better finds Mr P and no mistake!
At 2.44 there's a Whales of Redcar/Caille type Greyhound racer, however apart from the case being cheap and harsh looking it takes only one coin and isn't made to bet on different colours. So what's going on there?

Trying to look at the symbols on the wheel it looks like there are gaps between each dog, so is it pretending to pay out on alternative symbols?

I'm starting to wonder if I should take stronger tablets as I often find when I watch these old seaside films I start hearing maniacal laughing !PUZZLED!

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby arrgee » Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:29 pm

And I notice that BAC also supplied allwins as well? Not seen any reference to that before.
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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby treefrog » Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:40 pm

Great video, and we of course know who owned most of these machines and are being slowly sold off. Of the stockbrokers, could not see the match, but I guess they may have been refurbed between these dates or there are many others in the background.

Good point BP, I guess not seeing the award it would work like the Town Broker type machine/payout

As a matter of interest, at the elephant maybe two auction ago there was a restored Stock Broker on a metal framed stand, which looked really good....would these have been originally on a similar type stand, as you never see any

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby coppinpr » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:15 am

Really good video, and my Cricketers could be either of those shown in close-up. I can see no differences to mine as it was before I started to strip it down. Interesting thing about the video, I've looked at it carefully and not one person looks to be having a good time!! Not a single smile, half the kids look scared to death, miserable old geezers stomping past the stalls. Very odd.

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby pennymachines » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:27 pm

I think this has much to do with Lindsay Anderson's personal perspective and how he conveyed it with shot selection and editing. I believe the lad who appears to stare glumly at the Laughing Sailor was more likely witnessing the torture scenes.
Anderson’s first feature for the Free Cinema was “O Dreamland” (1953). Dragging a comparatively light-weight camera around a post-bellum amusement park in Margate Anderson shows us with his quick editing and found sound a sensual, disturbing world. This is austerity fun pursued joylessly by the sunken cheeked and toothless, everything is peeling paint and jerry-built; the rusted mechanics show through, grinding and shuddering, as they must have done in people’s lives in that benighted time. What he films is the dull ache for consumption, the pinched greed of those who habitually have not: the cheap gee-gaws and kewpie dolls, the unvaried foodstuffs dipped into an ancient ocean of grease; rock ‘n’ roll blaring from wartime tannoys like strange news from a distant star.
http://theholbornmag.com/2013/03/21/lindsay-anderson/

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby coppinpr » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:47 pm

In an attempt to understand how this machine works, I've downloaded the patent and it makes interesting and, to me anyway, surprising reading. The first thing I noticed is that although the "stocks and shares" version is stated as the "constructional" version it could be converted to several other options which would be made available.

I already knew these were both pre-determined and future pay but what really struck me was the actual intention of the machine, not as a gambling machine but simply as a game with no hidden intent to deceive the player. It states that the reason that three tabs can be seen in the window is so the player can determine if it is worth playing again as the tabs are mounted in such a way as to allow the player to work out the next result. It states that the player could either watch the machine and work out the sequence or read the sequence from the attached card (interesting that this card is often missing from the machine). It actually says that if the player plays the machine long enough he will recover all his money LESS THE NORMAL CHARGE FOR PLAYING THE GAME.
I think our modern minds would see this as an odd concept, but it does make this a very interesting machine.

I also found I'm missing a very odd spring, it bends almost 180 deg round the central shaft pulling the kicker back into position.

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby pennymachines » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:10 pm

coppinpr wrote:It states that the player could either watch the machine and work out the sequence or read the sequence from the attached card (interesting that this card is often missing from the machine).
I saw this on the red Stockbroker (with stand) at the Elephant House and took a close-up, having never noticed this card before.
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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby coppinpr » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:53 pm

Thanks for posting the sequence card. I've been looking for one off these. Although my machine has the oval card holder and not the round one, I think I can do something with it. !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: Bradshaw's Little Stockbroker

Postby coppinpr » Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:15 pm

OK, so I've finished the Stockbroker, and I think it looks OK, a far cry from the state I got it in (see above). Just the bottom display plate to attach correctly and a couple of new bolts to paint so NOW can someone tell me how it works :!?!: I don't seem to be missing any parts but I can't make it work!! What am I missing...? Please!!!
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