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Genco Hoops

Postby cheeky » Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:37 pm

Hi People,

I have just registered on this super site and wonder if any of you can give me some information.

I bought a Genco Hoops several years back. My wife liked it and as far as I'm concerned that will do nicely!

Unfortunately, it was re-cased into a modern blue cabinet but I would like to restore it to its former glory. The question is what was its former glory?

Do any of you know of any other Genco Hoops machines out there or do you have any pictures that I can work with?

Please help

Cheeky
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Postby margamatix » Thu Mar 31, 2005 10:03 pm

Well, I can't help you at all with that specific enquiry...... no doubt someone else will come along soon who can.


But in the meantime, welcome to the forum!


Vince

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Postby cheeky » Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:00 pm

Thank you for your warm welcome Vince. I think I will need to post a photo to see if that helps flag up any old memories.

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Postby cheeky » Sun Apr 03, 2005 9:20 pm

Hello People,

Here is a photograph of the Genco Hoops machine. Any ideas? Background info?

HELP!!!!!!
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Genco Hoops

Postby pennymachines » Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:25 pm

This is the bijou or travelling version of the massive floor standing Hoops machine by Genco Corp. of Chicago, circa 1930. Not surprisingly it's similar in material construction and design to the early pintables that were all the rage at the time, and which Genco was also making.

It's a kind of cross between a striker and a vertical bagatelle. Whereas the 7ft version is played with tennis balls, the little one uses squash balls (or something similar). Both versions seem to have been fairly popular.

Most of the little one's I've seen had unadorned wooden varnished cases. I did have one in a blue fleck paint similar to yours, but I seem to have parted with it. I imagine if there are graphics, they will be fairly simple geometric designs that could easily be done with some stencils and spray paint.

Anyone got a picture?

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Postby pennymachines » Tue Apr 05, 2005 12:12 pm

Prizes would have been awarded for top scores. Here's the plain case version.
hoops.jpg
Hoops in plain case
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Postby cheeky » Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:28 pm

WOW! I am totally amazed that this was resolved so quickly. What a super site!!!!!

Now who do I need to thank? - Site Admin posed the question about the case and then answered it. Bit confused there.

So thank you Site Admin whoever you are!

May I ask whether it would be possible to view the case close up so that I can get one made?

Best wishes to all

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Postby pennymachines » Thu Apr 07, 2005 12:04 am

You're in Essex, I'm West Mids. You're welcome to come and take some measurements. I'll pm you.

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Postby daveslot » Fri Apr 08, 2005 4:14 pm

Hi,
The case looks original, just the paint looks new. I will try and upload a pic (3rd attempt) of one I used to own. You can just see the graphics on the side. Hope this helps.
Cheers,
Dave.
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Postby cheeky » Sat Apr 09, 2005 8:34 pm

Thanks Dave. I wonder where your old Hoops ended up?

I seem to recall that my case was rebuilt. The former owner, at the Clive Baker Southhampton sale a couple of years back, told me he had rebulit the case because it was falling to pieces. Maybe it was just patched up and re-painted. All I need now is the original Genco 1D slot. Off to the Wanted section methinks. Thanks for the update!


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