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Whittaker Brothers Countdown pusher identified

Postby treefrog » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:33 pm

Never owned a pusher and probably due to the size never will, although been tempted by the many table top versions. This one on ebay at the moment to me is so stylish and small, if only I had the extra 28inch's :shock:

I think is it is double sided, but I love the cabinet/glass style. Although probably 1970s, to me it looks more 1960s in style. Anyone know who made this as I have never seen one before?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330909679265? ... 1423.l2648
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Re: Stylish pusher

Postby chapsneck » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:50 pm

It was made by Whittaker Brothers in Oldham, around mid '70s,
They also made a square 4 player one.

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Re: Whittaker Brothers pusher

Postby flippa_winna » Thu May 09, 2013 10:51 am

Yes Chapsneck you are quite right. The machine is called 'Countdown' and was manufactured by Whittaker Brothers circa 1975. It is a 2 player back to back model and came out AFTER the original 4 player square version. It would have originally had a small top box with the words Countdown on it. The windows are made of Perspex. If you look closely at the photograph, this model had a slanting top. As time progressed slight modifications were made to the 4 player and the 2 player and they were re-introduced with slight differences. For example the later two player model had a 'flat' roof and updated 'Countdown' top box artwork. If I am not mistaken I believe the original 4 player square version (also called Countdown) was Whittaker Brothers first pusher. I cannot find any information anywhere that would suggest otherwise.

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Re: Whittaker Brothers pusher

Postby jimmycowman » Thu May 09, 2013 8:31 pm

The one on ebay is missing the backflash which seperates it in the middle.

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Re: Whittaker Brothers pusher

Postby countdown » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:13 pm

Does anyone own a countdown pusher? My favourite pusher from the '80s. Missed this one when on eBay a few years ago.

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Re: Whittaker Brothers pusher

Postby pennymachines » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:33 pm

:WELCOME: countdown!
I don't recall seeing this machine in any arcade. What made it attractive to play and why was it called Countdown?

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Re: Whittaker Brothers Countdown pusher identified

Postby countdown » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:40 pm

Possibly countdown because the coins went down the tube. Used to be one in the small pleasure beach ride park in Southport in the '70s and '80s. I remember the guard was off the machine so a lot bounced bad and the deck built up. You could get some big drops. The place is now a McDonald's and retail park. Used to like one called Klondike also as well as Moonraker.

Been after a pusher again recently. Might use the image to put a few wanted ads on sites like shpock. I used to know a chap in Scotland called Kenneth who I bought a pusher off but have lost his details.

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Re: Whittaker Brothers Countdown pusher identified

Postby badpenny » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:32 pm

;-) .... there's a rather special, totally overhauled little beauty coming to Coventry in a week and a half. !SAINT!
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Re: Whittaker Brothers Countdown pusher identified

Postby countdown » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:47 pm

How big is that?

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Re: Whittaker Brothers Countdown pusher identified

Postby badpenny » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:54 pm

The number of times I've been asked that.
It's a counter top, I put it on YouTubeless ..............



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