treefrog wrote:......... The first machine in this thread is so similar to the one you are after in Australia - the Middlehurst Coronet.
Really, do you think so? Can't say I had noticed!
coppinpr wrote:very intriguing photo, the company must have been keen on the Nazi party or at least paid lip service to it, I know the national socialists banned slot machines in Germany but I don't know when (I'm sure someone can tell me) The company must have been well p--- of when they did.
Having lived for a few years in a Dictator ruled Police State I'd suggest anybody who depended upon a trouble free business day without legalised thugs disrupting everything would be more than happy to flap a few flags around.
When I researched my Tura Bell (Story in The Arena) somebody (can't remember whom) told me that it was Mr Hitler himself upon his appointment to Chancellor in 1933 who unexpectedly legalised slot machines. The bigger story being that his plans for the immediate future would require inordinate quantities of aluminium, the purchase of which, without a domestic reason would attract interest from his neighbours who were already curiously stroking their chins over some of his activities which contravened the Treaty of Versailles like building an air force when Germany was only allowed gliders etc etc.
It seems after a few years production, the law was changed making them all illegal and consequently confiscated, along with other various home products that could feed the war machine.
I sold my second machine a Heros to an American Collector who told me that Mills had been active in helping Schwarz in setting up (probably under licence?) and that many of the first batch were either made in USA and exported as complete machines or parts to be assembled in Germany. None of them staying in the USA so they are rare over there, but being a serious Mills collector he wanted one to fill the gap.
How much of the above is twaddle I do not know, I doubt we'll get to the bottom of it even if Adolf turns up at Coventry for us to ask. The last time anyone representing him visited Coventry they got as close as 8,000 feet and spoilt everybody's sleep.
I don't think he had a particular interest in slots just the materials that went into them.
Middlehurst Coronet T-F?
Though I do
seem to recall having owned a particulary special one once.
Either went out on hard rubbish day or is one of them out in the backyard, enjoying Melbourne's '4 seasons in one day' weather
Better bring it back inside Andy, in case Hitler gets to hear about it ....... >!!???!!<