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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby moonriver » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:56 am

Remember when they sent John Prescott off to the USA to research super casinos? The combination of naivety from the Labour government and very well funded lobbying from the bookmakers persuaded Labour to jump at the chance of a new lucrative duty revenue stream they could get by allowing bookmakers to keep their new fixed odds betting terminals (previously deemed illegal).
Without realising the consequences of releasing a genie from a bottle they could never get back in, they abandoned the casinos and super casino licensing idea when they realised the negative impact the flood of new high street betting shops was having, but it was all too late.

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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby 13rebel » Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:46 pm

Just to clarify Mr.Moonriver's post with regard to Machine games duty [MGD]. The duty payable on a type 1 machine ie one that the cost to play does not exceed 20p and does not pay out more than £10 is 5% of the NET takings so in this regard it doesn't make any difference if the coin pusher for example is a 2p or 10p one. The rate then jumps to 20% for type 2 machines -ones that cost no more than £5 to play.If a machine doesn't fall into these categories then the duty is 25% [type 3]. No MGD is payable on redemption machines that only offer tickets with no cash prize.

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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby moonriver » Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:25 pm

I was referring to machine duty pre February 2013 and before I jumped ship following 25 years of operating arcades

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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby pennymachines » Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:32 pm

Sweetmeats kindly sent me these photos of Clive Baker and John Hayward's National Museum of Slot Machines 'Vintage Penny Arcade' on Brighton Pier taken July 1983.
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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby moonriver » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:03 am

This fortune teller is similar to the Brighton Museum Adelphi Man Co Gipsy Fortune Teller and only has one central eye in the forehead which is unusual. It doesn't work, and I haven't seen one working, wonder if the eye moves?

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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby pennymachines » Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:40 am

I think you'd have to be quite committed to having your fortune told to consult the uncanny one-eyed gipsy.
I commented to Clive last week on the unparalleled selection of games this arcade presented to the public (notice the Full Team Football, BMR bandit, Stevenson & Lovett Strip Tease etc.) One of the problems at the time, he said, was punters excavating worn and bent pennies from the beach and jamming the machines with them. Now they run almost entirely on 'decrappinated' pennies, he may be able to reintroduce some of those rarer games.

More penny machines on the pier from Bryans Fan:
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Walton - The Boxers
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Sweetmeats vendor & Ell - Krac Shot (Dover Pier)
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Crystal Gazer (Great Yarmouth)
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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby john t peterson » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:41 pm

Why is there a penguin on top of the one eyed fortune teller? Could have been worse, I guess. Could have been a pigeon. :NBG:

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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby pennymachines » Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:39 pm

I think it might be a guillemot? !PUZZLED!
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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby pennymachines » Thu Jul 27, 2017 9:34 am

Fuzzy image of "Uncle Bill" Tolley's Amusement Arcade, High Street, West Bromwich, "one of the best automatic arcades in England... ably managed by Mr. Hunt" :o from the Automatic Age, January 1933.

Fascinating to see such an array of arcade treasures just down the road from me... an Ahrens Football Game, Waltonian Twins, Ahrens Crystal Gazer, Quested Automatic Lighthouse, Mutoscope Digger?, Mills Electric Shocker and Ahrens Bell Ringers. It's a pity the wall machines are too indistinct to make out.
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Re: Arcade Photographs

Postby pennymachines » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:54 am

This image from Ned Williams' Midland Fairground Families shows some fine Ahrens machines stationed around The Ocean Wave ride, believed to be inside Brighton Pier.
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