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pennymachines
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Re: Firmans

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More examples of Firman bandits:
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anglobritish
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Re: Firmans

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Hi Guys,
Bert Firman was an engineer in Nottingham, in the late 1940s. Many of the traveling showmen used to go to his engineering works to get parts made for their Mills fruit machines. Firman developed his large jackpot to accommodate the showmen and converted their Poinsettia bull-nosed jackpots to his large jackpot to take the old English penny. It is said that when Mills first introduced their Chrome Bell in 1949, Sol Shefras, who had taken over the British distributorship, sent Mills a Firman's jackpot and Mills adapted it. The Mills Chrome Bell was also the first machine that Mills introduced with the single cherry payout.

Firman retired in the early 1960s, and opened an arcade on the pier at Skegness.

Freddy Bailey
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My new buy... Maybe made by Firmans?

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Topic merged - Site Admin.

Just bought this one arm bandit yesterday. Wasn't paying out very well... Found the screw that holds the payout finders was coming out... but now sorted.

It seems a bit of a mixture, ie the bottom casting is Egyptian Bell type and the top casting a diffferent Mills type? The reels have fortune type quotes on them, and looking at them, are replacement ones. I love the handle and goose neck slot. Any comments etc? I would be interested as I know some of you have a greater knowledge on vintage bandits. Also do you think it was made by Firmans? What date if so?
Thank you, tammy
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badpenny
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Re: Firmans

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There's one exactly like that being toted around Lincolnshire described as a Firman.
It strikes me as such.
Firmans didn't really make bandits, they tended to swap bits around and at times did fit a manufactured casting or panel of their own.

BP :cool:
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Re: My new buy... Maybe made by Firmans?

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I’m in Lincolnshire and nobody totes anything to me !
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Re: My new buy... Maybe made by Firmans?

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You should head to the McDonalds roundabout on the A15/A17 outside Sleaford on Sunday morning at 5am, you will find BP in a dark coat with his Ford Anglia van and a hoard of exciting goodies. :cool:
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Re: My new buy... Maybe made by Firmans?

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That's why they cut down the bushes.
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Re: My new buy... Maybe made by Firmans?

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This is what it used to look like. ;)
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tammy
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Re: Firmans

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Hi wow! Any history no matter what would really be helpful. I like the machine and wouldn't be put off. Lovely machines all on your photo!! Thank you Tammy.
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Re: Firmans

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Burger King not McDonalds.
And leave my bush out of this.
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