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Interesting photo from the '50s

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:06 pm
by coppinpr
Unusual but very "50s" way to mount bandits, can't quite read the name bars on the bandits, "Green" perhaps? The two boys look like... well... us when we were kids!! Clearly professionals not casual players :cool: Can one of the experts ID the machine in the background behind the bandit range?

Re: interesting photo from the 50's

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:58 pm
by badpenny
Cool photo.
That's a recording booth in the background.

BP :cool:

Re: interesting photo from the 50's

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:47 pm
by cait001
badpenny wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:58 pm
Cool photo.
That's a recording booth in the background.

BP :cool:
on the right hand side. ;)

Re: interesting photo from the 50's

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:38 pm
by grains
What a great photo, I didn't realise the shortage of Hi Top hoods and back doors stretched as far back as the '50s. :HaHa:
I wondered if the name badge read "BREAN" possibly for Brean Sands?

Re: interesting photo from the 50's

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:46 pm
by JC
The allwin on the wall behind the bandits looks like a Wonders '24 Cup'

Just a thought........the bandit arms appear much lower than they should be, or is it my imagination?

Re: interesting photo from the 50's

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:30 pm
by coppinpr
Yes, I'd agree, handles too low and not standard handles (or at least handle ends). My guess is the boy on the right is practising the now lost art of "recovering a penny from the insert hole which hasn't dropped because the machine is jammed". Well worth an hour of any young amusement arcade regular in the late '50s. :cool:

Re: interesting photo from the 50's

Posted: Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:48 am
by brigham
What looked to be an everyday picture of ordinary things turns out to be nothing of the kind.
The original bandit cases are not used; only the front castings. The mechs are in a new back-to back case, seemingly built in pairs for this particular set-up.
The handles have been set low, presumably for the new, shorter, target audience; the 'penny arcade brigade', who, as we all remember, regarded the insertion of a 'tanner' as a gross waste of five 'goes', and something only the 'grown-ups' would do.
Are these conversions a 'one-arcade' special, or did someone offer them as a commercial product?

Re: Interesting photo from the '50s

Posted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:41 pm
by treefrog
Love the picture, which is on eBay (Paul you redacted most of the watermark apart from the dot above “I” :HaHa: )

Looks professionally made piece and one wonders if there were even Mills mechs inside at all, maybe replaced with something else... Maybe the maker is on the name plate below the reels... can’t make it out.

Re: Interesting photo from the '50s

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:40 am
by brigham
This could possibly be the infamous Pontin's Brean Sands in happier days.
Can anyone confirm?

Re: Interesting photo from the '50s

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:13 pm
by brigham
UPDATE:
On closer examination, the badges read not BREAN, but BRENN.
Another of George Brenner's enterprises, perhaps?