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Lovett Automatic Co. Selectacolor identified

Postby coppinpr » Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:01 pm

Well either this just landed in the guy's storage or it's a very early electro-mech console. Anyone any ideas of make/age? The game looks particularly simple and boring. Is it possibly Jamiesons? The case shape is like their coin pushers and the lights are like their wall machines :!?!: early 60s !PUZZLED! Under the dust, the cabinet at least is in great condition.

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Could this be a different machine but in the same vein being worked on at their factory?

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Re: Multi player arcade slot to ID please

Postby brigham » Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:58 pm

I don't immediately recognise it, but it's definitely my type of machine!

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Re: Multi player arcade slot to ID please

Postby pennymachines » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:53 pm

OK, so this one is a puzzler. At least, that's what I'm calling it... Resemblance to Jamieson pushers seems tenuous - all six-station games will have this sort of shape, but it does have Rotolite-style coloured lenses.

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Re: Multi player arcade slot to ID please

Postby coppinpr » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:25 pm

It now seems the machine was possibly made by Lovett's Automatic Co. who were based next door to Gerry Anderson's studio in Slough. But I'm still not sure if Lovett were makers or just suppliers. I'm trying to get a photo of the payout plate to see if there are any clues there.

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Re: Multi player arcade slot to ID please

Postby pennymachines » Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:55 pm

That would be Fred Edward Lovett, who teamed up with Stevenson in the 1940s to form Stevenson & Lovett Ltd. at 11/13 Falconberg Mews, Soho Square, W1, manufacturing a small range of games.

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Re: Multi player arcade slot to ID please

Postby pennymachines » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:08 pm

Aha! Just found it, thanks to the Lovett clue. Checked in Archive/Patents and found GB958782 filed in 1964 (applied for in '61) by John Walter Lovett, of Lovett's Pleasure Gardens, Burnham Beeches, Buckinghamshire. I'm guessing John might be son of Fred? Lovett's Pleasure Gardens was incorporated 24/04/58, exhibited at ATE in 1961, and relocated to Catham Enclosure, Redcar, TS10 1BZ, as Lovett's Pleasure Amusements (Northern) Ltd., sometime thereafter.

The London Gazette of 17/04/62 records Lovett's dissolved partnership with Silcock and Catlow:
Notice is hereby given that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between Lawrence Silcock of 43 Ackas Road, Grappenhall, Warrington in the county of Lancaster, Amusement Caterer, Thomas Catlow, of 12 Kirkham Avenue, Blackpool in the said county, Amusement Caterer, and John Walter Lovett, of Pleasure Gardens, Amusement Park, Burnham Beeches in the county of Buckingham, Inventor and Manufacturer of Slot Machines, carrying on business as Amusement Caterers at various addresses in Blackpood aforesaid and Lytham St. Annes, in the said county of Lancaster, under the firm name of LOVETT, SILCOCK and CATLOW has been, dissolved as from the 4th day of December 1961 by mutual consent and all debts due to and owing by the said late firm will be received and paid by the said Lawrence Silcock and Thomas Catlow. — Dated the 2nd day oi April 1962.
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Re: Lovett Automatic Co. multi-player arcade flasher identified

Postby coppinpr » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:11 pm

Well done as always Mr P... at least I set you a small challenge this time. !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: Lovett Automatic Co. multi-player arcade flasher identified

Postby treefrog » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:13 pm

Well a link can be made to these plastic fronted colourful machines we have seen in recent years. I sold the below Fruit Cocktail at Coventry auction last month. I noticed a label inside stating Lovett Automatics with the address. I thought I had taken a picture of the label, but the buyer may be on here and spoke to him recently and almost had it running sweet.... See the payout cup is the same as the multi sided beast.
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Re: Lovett Automatic Co. multi-player arcade flasher identified

Postby brigham » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:10 pm

Another manufacturer with connections to one of my childhood haunts, Redcar.
I'm guessing that the Coatham Enclosure is on Majuba Road. There WAS a manufacturer of amusement machines there, in the 'sixties, which I for a long time thought was Oliver Whales; however his only Redcar address was 'Fun City', which was on the corner of Graffenberg Street.
Another one to look out for!

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Re: Lovett Automatic Co. multi-player arcade flasher identified

Postby pennymachines » Mon Apr 08, 2019 5:28 pm

It would be good to establish a definite connection, if there is one, between FE Lovett of S&L working in the centre of London in the '40-'50s and JW Lovett working west of London in the '50s-'60s (before heading North). According to my ever-trusty Arcades & Slot Machines,
Paul Braithwaite wrote:When John Lovett (Snr.) acquired the pleasure ground at Burnham Beeches (Bucks.) c1956 he found himself the proprietor of an arcade. This made him personally involved in machines and in due course he developed a new machine.

The only machine listed is 'Selectacolor' (American spelling) of 1960, an "unclassified gambling machine", advertised in the World's Fair 20th February 1960. Although it pre-dates the patent application by a year, the name fits the bill.


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