The first time that I had started collecting what would be later known as vintage slot machines I called at a well known arcade at Scarborough. It was 1972 or 73 and I talked with the owner if he had any of the old machines in storage and that I was interested in buying such!
Somehow or other he wasn't interested in letting go the old stuff but thought I would buy the pusher machines.
Taking me to what seemed like a very large cellar underneath the arcade, full of loads of lovely old stuff including counter top viewers (Oliver Whales?) with film, cowboy and all sorts of themes, all on old penny play!
When he realized I was only after the older stuff, he let me have an old penny Oliver Whales Kiss-o-Meter and a Whales allwin size Giftmaster on 6d and a shilling that still had all the old gifts behind the glass.
"You can have them at £10 a piece", he said, and I bought them.
But it was his words I can still remember today as I carried them to my mini van with happiness - he said to me, "they will never be worth anything you know, as there are too many of them."
I thought at that time he was wrong... but I wouldn't have been bothered if they never increased in value, as to me they were all wonderful!