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WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Sun Apr 10, 2005 7:17 pm
by woody
I am trying to put together a list of machines which have a war theme to them. I am failrly new to this hobby and would be grateful for any help in starting a list. Pictures of the various machines would also be good. I have this strange idea that I should focus my collection in this area, but no doubt these machines fetch a premium. Any help greatly appreciated.

Woody

Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 12:31 am
by pennymachines
Interesting question. There must be dozens. But while you wait for the Museum to open, I'll set the ball-bearing rolling with a couple of allwins. The first is called Fleet Air Arm, I think, and is one of a set of three war theme allwins with electric payouts.

Victory Ball by Oliver Whales was made to celebrate the end of WWII and was partly the inspiration for this site's homepage.

J Peterson recently showed me a pre-cursor to this: Khyber Pass made in 1943.

Allies Flags, The Improved Bomb Dropper, Victory Flags, Target Tonight are just a few other names that spring to mind.

As for fetching a premium... so far the most sought-after allwins have been those with space travel and fairground themes. But any strong theme with historical interest is good.

Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 2:38 pm
by woody
Wow
Thanks for the fast response. I will wait for the museum to open and hopefully see some more pictures. I have put an ad in the wanted section of the website... so I will see if that gets a response. I need to keep my eye out at auctions for such machines.

I look forward to owning one of these machines one day!

Thanks for your informative reply,

Woody.

Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 3:49 pm
by john t peterson
I think you're onto something special, Woody with your interest in war time games. I am currently writing an article on what I think is a unique war game from 1943, "Khyber Pass" by Oliver Whales. I will have a picture or two of it to post a little while later. In the meantime, here is a picture of the more traditonal fare produced by Whales during or shortly after the war, a giant allwin "Major."

Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2005 5:16 pm
by john t peterson
My latest article on the WW II machine "Khyber Pass", is now available in the Arena section.

Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:58 pm
by woody
John I have just read your article. An excellent read and very informative. These machines certainly make an historical statement. I look forward to your next article and thanks for sharing the Khyber Pass machine with us.

Best Wishes

Woody

Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:44 pm
by woody
I am still in the process of trying to put together a complete lsit of all the amusement machines which are WW1 and WW2 related. I am also trying to get some good photos. If anyone can give any help - it would be much appreciated.

To keep the ball rolling :) I have hopefully attached photos of Bomber Command and Spitfire, which I have recently added to my small collection.

All the best

Woody

Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:28 pm
by nobby.pennytoy
Here's a photo of the 'Conquerors Flags' made by the Automatic Novelty Company of London,circa 1916.There is one also pictured in the book Automatic Pleasures by Nic Costa,but you will notice it has been incorrectly titled 'Allies Flags'.

Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:06 am
by arrgee
Just read John Peterson's article on the Khyber Pass, and would commend this to all who have an interest in slot machines.

Johns erudite easy writing style always gives the reader much more than plain information and remind me of Alistair Cookes 'Letters from America', the articles are always interesting, very informative and enjoyable to read.

Another excellent article John, well done.

Richard

Re: WW1 and WW2 related machines

Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:15 pm
by john t peterson
Thank you for your kind and generous comments, Richard. I am always pleased when someone enjoys what I have written. My exploration of British war games is on the back burner right now but I haven't lost the passion for these special machines from a most unique time in history.

Kind regards,

John Peterson, USA