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Re: Can anyone identify this slot?

Postby treefrog » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:11 am

It's a Bell Fruit machine. Should have a chrome front and cash tray with ashtrays.

A lot of them are electro-mechanical, but some are purely mechanical with slides.... Door chrome and the graphics are the main issue, the graphics often seem to be damaged or peel with age. In good condition they look smart, especially with the chrome handle...

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby pennymachines » Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:35 pm

From Bell-Fruit Games.co.uk

A brief history of the Bell Fruit Manufacturing Co., of Nottingham.




Explaining the 1960s Bell Fruit bandit mechanism.


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Bell Fruit Pussycat

Postby riche100 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:19 pm

Anyone got a Bell Fruit Pussycat machine?

Is it like Hot Dog?

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Re: Bell Fruit Pussycat

Postby nigel » Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:39 pm

Yes it's a 5p £60 version of Hotdog.
The reel strips have Cats and fruits instead of Dogs. Cabinet and wiring are identical.

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Can you read this? Bell Fruit Award Glass!

Postby slotsoffun » Fri May 30, 2014 9:00 pm

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Hi Guys,

Got this old Bell Fruit Three Alike machine. The front glass with the awards printed on are now flaking away! I have managed to work out that the first part reads "Token Value", then looks like a large "5/" which I'm guessing is 5 shillings, but for the life of me I cannot make out the writing as marked by the red circle. Maybe someone here knows what it says, or even better someone has a photo of the front of this machine.
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Re: Can you read this? Bell Fruit Award Glass!

Postby badpenny » Fri May 30, 2014 9:32 pm

A part of it should be the horizontal stroke as in 5/- as for the rest no idea.

I'm a bit concerned they appeared to be happy in those days to sell you an underage child, but for real money only :o

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby pennymachines » Sat May 31, 2014 12:43 am

Hi Slotsoffun,
The Three Alike was Bell Fruit's first bandit (1960).
Looking at the video above and page 2 of this thread you can see similar versions which suggest the missing words are "IN TRADE".
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Another Bell Fruit seen at recent Elephant House sale

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby slotsoffun » Sat May 31, 2014 10:22 am

Been having a closer look at the glass, and PennyMachines you're right it does say "In Trade", then under that I can make out the word "Over", and the last word is about 3 characters and ends in R, so I'm guessing it says "Bar", just seems an odd phrase to me!!!!! How did they know the machine would be in a place with a Bar?
So correct me if I'm wrong, do others think it would say, "In Trade Over Bar"?

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby jonesthegarage » Sat May 31, 2014 3:18 pm

It's almost certainly "In trade over bar" - these particular bandits and similar where seemingly targeted at licensed trade as the Flowers Brewery model restored by Paul Coppin and featured in a separate thread and this one for Shipstones Ales currently on Ebay.

Bell Fruit Vintage One Arm Bandit
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I'm sure it's been covered before but basically you could gamble a tanner and double your money up to a shilling but the law at the time didn't allow bigger wins in cash so these machines effectively only have 2 payouts - 1/- in the form of 2 tanners or 5/- for you to spend over the ramp.

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Re: Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Co. bandits

Postby slotsoffun » Sat May 31, 2014 5:14 pm

Thanks to all who helped. Have recreated graphic for glass, not exact but close!

Bell Fruit Manufacturing Three Alike graphic

Now on to the top glass!!!!


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