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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:41 pm
by badpenny
widget2k4 wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:21 pm
I will have a bit of a play with it. I managed the Allsport fleck with a small wire brush dipped in paint and a screwdriver to flick it. lol
For accuracy a pre-decimal screwdriver should be used.
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Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:13 pm
by pennymachines
That's right - you won't get the right splatter with a Pozidriv. :D

Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:39 pm
by treefrog
Do you think this machine was an April fool by Mr Bryans, as one of the odder items from his stable? I am staggered operators paid for this machine as a few were made.....real quirky item.

Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:07 am
by widget2k4
ive got an old screwdriver that belonged to my great grandfather so i think i should be fine

Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:26 am
by coppinpr
Do you think this machine was an April fool by Mr Bryans, as one of the odder items from his stable.......I am staggered operators paid for this machines as a few were made.....real quirky item
It was certainly one of the great cons and jokes of the coin op world, I cant imagine any operator going to all the trouble of keeping the ants alive or even knowing when they were dead,( I can just imagine putting your penny in and getting a view of a few long dead ants with cob webs and dust all round) once the original ploy of pretending it was something else disappeared with the revised description card I cant imagine anyone putting a penny in

Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:59 pm
by pennymachines
I think you underestimate people's curiosity (or is it gullibility?) A simple box with a slot would take money. Add some sort of scope which remains dark until a coin is inserted and watch the cash roll in! If you feel cheated by what you see, persuade someone else to have a go and laugh at their expense.

Mr Bryan was very imaginative and maybe overreached himself with this one. I've seen very few Ant Viewers which retain the original metal and glass ant enclosure. I think operators usually resorted to pasting a slightly risqué photo inside.

Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:31 pm
by widget2k4
would be nice to see an original nest from one , do you have any pictures pm ?

Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:04 pm
by pennymachines
Afraid not. From memory it consisted of some sort of flat perforated metal box with glass which slotted into the runners at the focal point of the magnifying lens. I'd be interested to see it too if anyone has one.

Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:39 pm
by widget2k4
would be nice to see, and do you not know what the hole in the front was for pm ?

Re: Bryan's ant viewer artwork needed

Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:54 pm
by pennymachines
Of course I do! But I'm not telling... \|\/|/