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Thought I would add this, the Cromptons Tin Pan Alley that sold on eBay for £215 last week. Was very tempted as unusual for a single player machine like this, but just yet more work. Looks very 1960s in style, but guess 1970s as on new penny and assume would not have been converted. Looks quite smart and not seen one before.....
Yes '70s for sure as the artwork is clearly featuring the Black and White Minstrel show which was by far the most popular show on TV between 1958 and 1976 but wasn't known for its lavish costume until shown in colour from 1969. By 1976 it was starting to get a bad name for racism which might be the reason for the name "Tin Pan Alley", the music publishing area of London (Denmark Street) which doesn't fit with the artwork(?)
I had not considered the theme to be honest and loved the colours and top marque style. I guess all part of history which I am not a believer of eradicating unnecessarily, although of course probably would not be wise to operate. Also Tin Pan Alley is associated with the US music scene as well and the backflash has dancing girls, music symbols and the minstrels... Key is it is small, maybe why it has survived... Never seen a Cakewalk and assume the lines of coin panels slide in opposites backwards and forwards gigging the coins along either dropping on the sides to the operator or front to the player.
Some people just don't want really racist stuff in their collection. We see this all the time in pinball collecting: Lots of great old games out there, but it's 2020 and we have to be able to confront and contextualize their racist legacies. For lots of people, that means a diminished interest in the more flagrantly racist graphics.
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