Hoopers Automatics

Somebody knows... Maybe you?
jefrilig
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:19 pm

Hoopers Automatics

Post by jefrilig »

Can anybody tell me what happened to Hoopers Automatics (1930/'40s)?
User avatar
slotalot
Posts: 1843
Joined: Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:53 pm
Location: Halifax West Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Hoopers Automatics

Post by slotalot »

jefrilig wrote:Can anybody tell me what happened to Hoopers Automatics (1930/40's)?
Hi, welcome to the forum :cool:
a quick search shows a few references to Hoopers here, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/all-notice ... Automatics
It may tell you what you want to know :!?!:
Can I ask you what your interest in Hoopers is? :tarah:
jefrilig
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:19 pm

Re: Hoopers Automatics

Post by jefrilig »

Thanks for this. Lots of interesting info about liquidation but I haven't been able to find out much about the company when it was operating. As a child, I remember playing with Hooper Automatic machines whilst visiting my grandmother. I believe that her family / brother(s) owned the company in the 1930/'40s but I don't know if they sold it after that. I have a photograph somewhere of the shop front from this period.
User avatar
slotalot
Posts: 1843
Joined: Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:53 pm
Location: Halifax West Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Hoopers Automatics

Post by slotalot »

Hi, I have done a scan of the "Hoopers" information in Paul Brathwaite's book Arcades & Slot machines, it may be of help to you. !READ!
I/ we would love to see the photo of the shop front !!YIPPEE!!
If you manage to find it, would you be willing to donate a copy for my own website? http://www.slotmachines.bravehost.com/page8.html I am always looking for vintage slot photo's. !!PHOTO!!
Attachments
CCI08032014.jpg
jefrilig
Posts: 3
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:19 pm

Re: Hoopers Automatics

Post by jefrilig »

Thanks so much for this as it fills some gaps in my family history. My father was born in Penton Street (I assume that this was where the Penton Arms was). This is just round the corner from Pentonville Road. My Grandmother lived in Bounds Green, after the family moved from there so this all fits nicely. I'll certainly know if I find the photograph and you are more than welcome to have a copy. I wish I had some of the original slot machines, I know that my grandmother had some in her back room when I was about 10, together with piles of old pennies, but I believe that she decided to clear them out one day and they we're put in a skip. All I have now is a few of the pennies!
User avatar
slotalot
Posts: 1843
Joined: Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:53 pm
Location: Halifax West Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Hoopers Automatics

Post by slotalot »

jefrilig wrote: but I believe that she decided to clear them out one day and they we're put in a skip.
:dammit: :dammit: :dammit:

I wish I had a pound for every time I have heard that story... so sad.
I did have two Hooper's machines in my collection up until a few months ago, I let them go to make room "& money" for other machines. :!?!:
Do you remember them??
Attachments
hooper1.jpg
P2100077.jpg
silverbitz
Posts: 65
Joined: Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:03 pm

Re: Hoopers Automatics

Post by silverbitz »

Would this one be from the same stable. Just missed it last night! :(
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nice-Antique-Oa ... v4exp=true
Attachments
hoopers discotelle.JPG
User avatar
slotalot
Posts: 1843
Joined: Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:53 pm
Location: Halifax West Yorkshire
Contact:

Re: Hoopers Automatics

Post by slotalot »

Well done silverbitz.. !!THUMBSX2!!
That is indeed one of Hoopers, dates from 1935. !WORSHIPFULL!
pennymachines
Posts: 5534
Joined: Wed Nov 06, 2002 12:12 am
Location: The Black Country

Re: Hoopers Automatics

Post by pennymachines »

Nic Costa provides quite a detailed history of Bill Hooper's company on page 119 of More Automatic Pleasures.
Output consisted mostly of single reel conversion one arm bandits and tivoli type wall machines. The bandits pre-dated the more famous Tom Boland of Leeds conversions and continued into the 1950s. They included the Screen Stars, Stock Exchange and Greyhound Racer. Judging by the picture below, little was retained of the donor mechanisms and the unusual front-mounted knob, together with the 40 stop screen stars drum in place of the three reel fruit symbols, was part of the effort not to resemble a one arm bandit. Designed by Charles Stickland, "a turbine engineer from Brighton", they were very Plain Jane, lacking the pizazz of Boland's conversions and had low predetermined payouts (2d - 6d). Some even adopted the future pay system. Clearly great care was taken to keep their product legal, even more so with their tivoli games, none of which offered automatic payout.
Messrs. John, Bill and Lal Hooper
Messrs. John, Bill and Lal Hooper


Screen Stars
Screen Stars


Screen Stars
Screen Stars
screen-stars1.jpg (12.92 KiB) Viewed 6688 times


Screen Stars mechanism
Screen Stars mechanism

Additional to their bandit conversions and tivolis like the Discotelle (1934), Silver Whirl Trials (1939) and Skill Score, etc. they built the aforementioned Skill Score pintable, a small counter-top Volta electric shocker, a horoscope converted from a Bovril vender (possibly Mystic Ball of 1938) and continued production of BM Co.'s Electric Rifle shooter when that company folded. Nothing they produced was very ambitious or very successful but they maintained a niche within the industry which kept Bill Hooper in business from 1899 until his death in 1956.
The London Gazette records an Extraordinary General Meeting of Hoopers Automatic Supply Ltd. on the 31st December 1971 to wind up the company. W.G. Hooper is named as Company Secretary at that time.
Silver Whirl Trials?
Silver Whirl Trials?


Two tivoli types
Two tivoli types


½ penny "Electricity is Life" Volta shocker
½ penny "Electricity is Life" Volta shocker
volta2.jpg (10.83 KiB) Viewed 6677 times


Hooper logo
Hooper logo

coinopbelgium
Posts: 3
Joined: Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:21 pm

Re: Hoopers Automatics

Post by coinopbelgium »

Sorry Siverbitz, the machine found a new home in Belgium.


Thank you for the great info on this forum! It is a surprise that the machine dates from the 1930s.
Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 19 guests