Australian Manufactured Coin Op Machines

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Re: Australian Manufactured Coin Op Machines

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sentimental salvage wrote: Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:06 am
pennymachines wrote: Thu Nov 11, 2021 2:41 pm For anyone wondering what its 'unaltered state' might have been:
I have one of those, never knew it was Australian.
So you mean the B&W advert PM posted, that's by Bolland, but the floor model is an Aussie copy of that.
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Re: Australian Manufactured Coin Op Machines

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sentimental salvage wrote: Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:06 am I have one of those, never knew it was Australian.
Can we see a picture of it?

The B/W picture is from the Bolland Catalogue and is the only version I've seen in the UK. It may have been made by the British Manufacturing Co. (like the similar looking Dodge-Em, Climbing the Alps and Lifeline).

Perhaps the Australian game is cribbed from this design, rather than a modified BMCo?

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Here you go. The case is not very deep
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Also, what appears to be Climbing The Alps but Over The Mountain instead.
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Re: Australian Manufactured Coin Op Machines

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Cool. !COOOL!
I was going to say, based upon the distinctive style of the painted playfield, the front, at least, of your Cricketer looks like it was originally BMCo., but the Over The Mountain looks like an Australian copy of Climbing The Alps or Over The Falls. So maybe they both are... It has slightly more in common with the metal cased Crossing The Alps, which used brass runners to guide the coins.

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The only patent number 173629 I could find was 1920s British bicycle related. Possibly just a ruse?

The BMCo Miniature Cricket cabinet is quite shallow.
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Re: Australian Manufactured Coin Op Machines

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Thanks for that. :) So was the Ironclad “Crossing the Alps” a Bollands machine?
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I think so, but as I've mentioned before, BMCo and Bollands activities were much entwined.
All the iron-clads - Crossing The Alps, Circle of Pleasure, Rolling Road, Heaven and Hell, Oracle, Predicta (and a few others) are attributed to Bollands, but wooden-cased Climbing The Alps was advertised under the BMCo name in the World's Fair on the 5th of July 1930 (Braithwaite). The example pictured in the Museum has the small "B.M.Co. 336, Coswell Rd. E.C.1." text on its marquee. According to Braithwaite, the wooden-cased Lifeline is Bolland. This attribution came from John Gresham and I can't discern what it says on the marquee.
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