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Metal fronted mystery cigarette skill game

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:32 pm
by john t peterson
Put down those beers, lads and put on your thinking caps. Attached is the picture of a game crying for identification. Is it English? French? The instructions are in English and the coin entry about the size of an American nickel although the slide itself is larger, more like our quarter. How's that for a puzzler? If anyone comes up with the manufacturer and date, they will get :*** "Wonder-Boy of The Week" :*** designation. Is it YOU? All entries must be submitted right here. Just for the record, I do not own this machine nor is it being offered for sale. Sharpen those pencils and get your entry in today!

Your faithful American correspondent,

John T. Peterson

Re: CAST IRON FRONT MYSTERY MACHINE

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:51 pm
by john t peterson
A tiny bit of more information: The writing on the upper panel says,

"PLACE PENNY IN SLOT YOUR SKILL WILL BE REWARDED WITH A CIGARETTE AND COIN BACK"

Good luck.

JTP

Re: CAST IRON FRONT MYSTERY MACHINE

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:05 pm
by pennymachines
Well John - I've no more clue to the manufacturer than you, but I can add some pieces to the puzzle.
I once bought one (from an auction at Saffron Walden) and wondered if it was British or American. In style I think it has more in common with U.S. trade stimulators than most British skill games which usually adopted the wall-machine format. However, as it has "PLACE PENNY IN SLOT" cast into the metal and it is clearly not designed to work with the little American penny, we can safely conclude it was made in the U.K. The single cigarette as prize was very popular in Britain between the wars and later. I believe I've seen one other example. It's possible they're now more common in the States, because I sold mine on eBay and it went to a well-known American collector.

Re: CAST IRON FRONT MYSTERY MACHINE

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:42 pm
by john t peterson
Mr. Pennymachines, you are amazing! Is there a British game that has not passed through your hands or under your steely gaze? I think you should be designated a "National Treasure" like they do in Japan. Of course, this would entail placing you in a large glass display case.........

Re: CAST IRON FRONT MYSTERY MACHINE

Posted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:40 pm
by daveslot
I have always assumed these are British, they certainly look it. They are not that rare - I have owned two in the past and I know where there are two more.

Re: Metal fronted mystery cigarette skill game

Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:18 am
by pennymachines
Supporting Dave's claim - two more: one from Bob in Australia and one from the Elephant House auction last year.

Re: Metal fronted mystery cigarette skill game

Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:01 am
by badpenny
If it helps the flowers in the background are big daisies. !SMARTY!

Re: Metal fronted mystery cigarette skill game

Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:45 am
by john t peterson
And the dog breed???

Re: Metal fronted mystery cigarette skill game

Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:15 pm
by badpenny
I don't think it is breeding, just hopping about a bit ...........

Re: Metal fronted mystery cigarette skill game

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:37 pm
by arrgee
Interesting, hit the clown in his face with a penny and win a cig, if the penny hits him below the belt you have lost, and the clown is already holding his goolies! :HaHa: