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Re: Exhibit Supply Co. Imperial Crane

Postby gameswat » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:36 pm

pennymachines wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:08 pm
Yes, apparently - arcade-museum.com has it as 1931 and the Merchantman was introduced in 1935
I think you got that backwards PM. Merchantman from around 1932 and the Imperial much later.

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Re: Exhibit Supply Co. Imperial Crane

Postby bob » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:41 pm

A newly designed Novelty Merchantman was introduced by Exhibit Supply Company in 1935 as this advert of theirs in The Coin Machine Journal of July 1935 illustration etc stating it to be newly designed clearly shows. Somewhere I've got the design patent as well, but this ad came to hand first when I was looking for it. There was an earlier Exhibit Supply Novelty Merchantman which is the one that Gameswat is currently finishing restoring. An Exhibit Supply Company advert for this earlier Novelty Merchantman in Gameswat's posting is illustrated immediately below followed by the later design underneath.
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Re: Exhibit Supply Co. Imperial Crane

Postby pennymachines » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:53 pm

Thanks Bob. It's good to start piecing together the chronology of these. The Bumper Book of Vintage Diggers has yet to be written...
gameswat wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:36 pm
I think you got that backwards PM. Merchantman from around 1932 and the Imperial much later.
I had thought the Imperial was later, but was prepared to believe arcade-museum.com, being an American site, knew better. That's also where I got the 1935 Merchantman date. I know from previous research their dating is not always reliable, so I searched Dick Bueschel's books but found nothing on the Imperial. I'm sure one of our sleuths can find something to date it. Is 1936, as shown on the label of the machine arrgee posted, correct?

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Re: Exhibit Supply Co. Imperial Crane

Postby sjt1803 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:27 pm

The NEW Exhibit Supply Digger was introduced in 1936.
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That is the 1936 Exhibit Supply catalog. Best photo I have. (from an old auction)
There is the New Imperial on the cover.

I'm looking for this, if someone has one they will part with.
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Re: Exhibit Supply Co. Imperial Crane

Postby sjt1803 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:09 pm

Here is more information, this article published in Jan. 1937 mentions the Imperial.
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Re: Exhibit Supply Co. Imperial Crane

Postby arrgee » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:54 pm

sjt, I have sent you a pm regarding some info on the Digger photo shown in my post of 2007


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