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Bradfort Zodiac love tester

Postby JC » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:59 am

I am currently restoring a Bradfort Zodiac fortune teller. The paper on which the six answers are printed is missing, so can anyone tell me what they are please (reading from left to right).

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Re: Bradfort Zodiac

Postby grabber » Wed Oct 15, 2008 6:13 pm

Hello Jerry,
I have all sorts of paperwork. Do you have a picture of your machine, as I might be able to help?
Mike.

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Re: Bradfort Zodiac

Postby JC » Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:09 pm

Thanks Mike, but no pictures - the machine's in bits! I just need to know the six answers.

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Re: Bradfort Zodiac

Postby badpenny » Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:15 am

Could they be...........
1) 42
2) Of course I love you
3) The cheque's in the post
4) No you don't look fat in that dress
5) Whatever you decide dear
6) If you don't know what's wrong; then there is no point in me telling you!

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Re: Bradfort Zodiac

Postby JC » Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:54 pm

Badpenny, you forgot one:

"I promise not to wipe it on yer nightie"

:oops: I bet this post gets deleted!

Seriously though, I really would like to know the real answers. If it helps, if anyone has a Bradfort Oracle, I think the answers are probably the same as the Zodiac (they're more or less the same machine).

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Re: Bradfort Zodiac

Postby pennymachines » Fri Oct 17, 2008 2:21 pm

YES, PROBABLY, ASK LATER, UNLIKELY, DOUBTFUL, NO

Hi Jerry - I found this image on my hard drive. Funny thing is, I believe I took it at your Brighton seafront arcade.
Are you sure these were made by Bradfort? The name Barwick Autos comes to mind.
Click the image in the Museum for a close-up: Zodiac Love Test
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Re: Bradfort Zodiac

Postby JC » Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:07 pm

Thanks for coming to the rescue Pennymachines, that's great.

Yes you're right, you did take the picture at Brighton, but not in my arcade. It was in John Hayward's 'number 2' arcade further down the seafront, which has been closed for quite a few years now. John sold the machine 2 or 3 years ago. It's a rare version of the Zodiac, as it has a hinged door in a conventional style case. The more common Bradfort machines have an art deco style case, which although very attractive are a stupid design as there is no access from the front, so the machine has to be unscrewed from the wall to change the battery.

Bradfort made four fortune telling machines that I know of:
Gypsy, Zodiac, Oracle and Love Test - none of which are particularly rare. Gypsy is a conventional spinning pointer type machine, whereas the others are of the 'light bulb' variety. I was talking to someone earlier today, and he said he has a different version of Zodiac which is a mechanical version. On his, a shutter opens to reveal the answer, about sixteen of which are printed on a disc which revolves one notch every time the machine is played.

You mentioned Barwick - I've got a vague recollection that they produced the Anserwrite (another machine that I once owned).

Anyway, thanks again for the info. :D

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Re: Bradfort Zodiac

Postby pennymachines » Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:08 pm

JC wrote:Thanks for coming to the rescue Pennymachines, that's great.
No problem.
JC wrote:On his, a shutter opens to reveal the answer, about sixteen of which are printed on a disc which revolves one notch every time the machine is played.
Yes, I once had that version. It had either a revolving drum or disc (not sure which) with the answers and was in the slightly Art-Deco style rear-opening case.
JC wrote:You mentioned Barwick - I've got a vague recollection that they produced the Anserwrite
That must be what I was thinking of. Do you have any other information about Bradfort - such as their full trading name or address?

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Re: Bradfort Zodiac

Postby JC » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:26 pm

pennymachines wrote:Yes, I once had that version. It had either a revolving drum or disc (not sure which) with the answers and was in the slightly Art-Deco style rear-opening case.
Come to think of it, I think the person I was talking to said it was a drum (I didn't mention his name, but he's well known to us both).
pennymachines wrote:Do you have any other information about Bradfort - such as their full trading name or address?
No, I'm afraid I don't. I had tried for many years to find more information on Bradfort, but they seem to be another coin-op manufacturer that have disappeared into obscurity. They must have been a fairly large maker, as their machines have survived in fairly large numbers. I only know the name because it's engraved onto the front plate of the coin mech. common to all of their machines.
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Re: Bradfort Zodiac

Postby JC » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:49 pm

Just in case anyone is wondering what the hell we're talking about, here are Oracle and Love Test (both pictures taken from the '85 Arcadia catalogue).
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