Whirlo

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gameswat
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Was just reading the 1985 Arcadia auction catalogue and came across this:

Lot No: 145. Whirlo gambling machine 23x16x9, 1d coin. Caille Commercial. Early American mechanism re-cased by Oliver Whales. Recent repro back door.
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Looks like we were spot on then. Is it pictured and, if so, is it the same one?
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No photo PM, possibly the attribution to Whales that you saw in the Southern Counties auction came from this 1985 catalogue of course? I think John Gresham was responsible for much of the information in the Arcadia catalogue. And since he'd actually written a book by that time, (sadly never published) I know he'd done a lot of research when many of the UK and US pioneers were still alive. I did get to read the book a long time ago but can't remember most of it. I guess if Widget can measure his game to compare with the dimensions stated that might prove it?
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sizes are
16 inches (40.6 cm) Wide by 22 inches (55.9 cm) High by 10 inches (25.4 cm) Deep
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Close enough Widget. Just checked and the catalogue does say sizes are approximate. What about the back door, repro or original?
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Back door repro bit of plywood held locked with screws.
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Think we forget to search the site before posting but another Whirlo came up 4 years ago in Germany and was posted on here. Looks the same type of machine with handle in same position, coin entry and coin cup...as such not a one off and had Whales of Redcar marked on it, who knows which one was in Southern Auctions....could have been either

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Another example:
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This seems interesting anyone know who made it?
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This could be from the era when Whales was associated with 'Uncle Clem', who was long involved with Caille refurbishments.
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