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Fortune teller TELEFORTUNE

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 3:31 pm
by timbo
Can anybody help me with information on a fortune teller I have purchased? It's a TELEFORTUNE - long wooden cased, using a Bakelite telephone with a 78rpm record player but no manufacturer's mark. The front claims a master of arts from Christ's College, Cambridge. Will tell you about HEALTH*MONEY*LOVE

Any information will be gratefully received.


Re: Fortune teller TELEFORTUNE

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:12 pm
by pennymachines
Hello Timbo and welcome.

Interesting find. It was made by Streets Automatic Machine Company Ltd. of London, Eastbourne in the early 1950s. There's a picture of one in the Arena that failed to make its reserve in the First Southern Counties Slot Sale. Their large size means they're more of a vintage arcade than collector's piece, but they certainly have lots of character and would be bound to attract some attention in a public venue.

Do you have a picture of it you can post?

Telefortune pic's

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:02 pm
by timbo
Thanks for the information and link - took a bit of messing to get all set up but got to see it today. It's a lot wider than my machine but very similar to look at I guess?? I will post pics as soon as I get my computer sorted out.... and my bluetooth starts working again - not too long, I hope.

Re: Fortune teller TELEFORTUNE

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:12 pm
by timbo
Not the best of pics but it's the best I can do until I sort my PC out............

Re: Fortune teller TELEFORTUNE

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 8:18 am
by coin-op
Looks a lot like my broadband connection... except it's bigger, so this must be the deluxe version.

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:33 pm
by pennymachines
Thanks for posting the picture. Very nice machine, Timbo - all the better for being more compact. Every home should have one.

I had suspected the red plastic bubble over the dialer was a later addition, but apparently not, because yours is just the same as the one in the auction.

Is it working? I assume it uses an 8-track, not a record, or is there a small Cambridge graduate hiding inside?

Re: Fortune teller TELEFORTUNE

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:31 am
by timbo
Yes it's fully working, it runs on an old 78 record player and I'm fortunate enough to have acquired 3 records with the machine.
There is a small amount of damage;

1. A bulb burn to the main wording above the phone - you can just make it out on the pic.
2. One of the indicator knobs (on the left) has lost its point.

Otherwise in lovely condition and very much loved :cool:

This machine was owned and run by the late Terry Paul Baylis of Rhyl's Ocean Beach Fairground, where it worked up until I acquired it from Mr Baylis's daughter some 5 or 6 years ago.

No signs of getting broadband as yet but the Forecast is good..........

As for the graduate, the voice is an absolute gem........... 100% 1950s Posh BBC broadcast.

Re: Fortune teller TELEFORTUNE

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 2:10 pm
by daveslot
Hi, I used to have 2 of these. Interestingly, the big red light is from the back of a Morris Minor. You may also recognise the dials - they are headlamp surrounds and a tax disc holder! They also used a Dansette record player slightly modified so it would only play one track from the record.

Re: Fortune teller TELEFORTUNE

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:20 pm
by bryansjim
What a brilliant way of getting rid of a Morris Minor! @&@