It's Slick

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It's Slick

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Came across this on the Aussie flea bay.....Not sure if it ever was produced, but there are letters and a flyer talking about a machine called "It's Slick". I have not seen this before, anyone know of these or seen one.
It's Slick.".
This is an original brochure for a coin operated amusement machine, together with the company's covering letter, and envelope.
Publisher: Samson Novelty Co Ltd, London, England.
Date: This group was posted to Australia on 22nd February 1947.
The Folded single sheet brochure measures about 4.9" x 8" (124 mm x 202 mm) when closed, and opens out to 8.5" x 8" (214 mm x 202 mm) . The letter measures 8.2" x 10.75" (208 mm x 274 mm).
With black and white illustrations of the art deco shaped machine closed and opened, this describes the business opportunity of the machine, rather than how the game works. The covering letter responds to an enquiry for a different item, and promotes this as an alternative product. The letter has an attractive letterhead showing Samson Buildings, and claiming "Largest Distributors in Europe of all kinds of Coin Operated Automatic Machines". The envelope also has a Samson Novelty Co logo
ITS SLICK

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Definately made and they do turn up from time to time; although by no means particularly common. I have one in bits which I hope to sort out this year...but I did say that last year too :oops:
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Hi tree-frog :D , As coin-op says they were made but I have only ever seen photos of them, they are an Electro-Mechanical ball catcher and I "think" it has a timer so you are working against the clock to catch as many ball as you can in the time allowed but not sure :!?!:
I have found some photos that give you a better view of the machine :tarah:
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The front 'cut-out' for the glass is similar in shape to Bryans Payramid, as is the ball lift mechanism inside. I wonder if this was intended to be a competitive contender to the Payramid?
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Arrgee wrote:I wonder if this was intended to be a competitive contender to the Payramid?
It seems in the same general area as the Payramid, but it also incorporates elements of other games. The top section requires the ball to be guided along the track to fall onto the next level of track, so that part has similarities to the Sky jump. The next section has a set of forks, so that mirrors the payramid. The last section requires you to time the dropping of the ball into a target hole, so I guess that copies a Bomb dropper (unless anyone corrects me on that one). There is another game called mystery quizz, which I thought may be made by the same manufacturer as the playfield artwork and manufacture seems to bear a similarity of style....err have one of those and that was a job for the year before last...too much to do, too little time :cry:
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slotalot wrote:I "think" it has a timer so you are working against the clock to catch as many ball as you can in the time allowed but not sure :!?!:
From memory - they don't have a timer. The dial counts balls past the three obstacles by means of the battery-powered solenoid, left of picture above. If you get enough points, your coin is returned. The sheet metal cabinet and front make for a very tinny machine.
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Stuart, you have seen a Slick - when you came down to Brighton last year. I have one at Mechanical Memories (there's a picture of it on my website)
http://www.mechanicalmemoriesmuseum.webeden.co.uk/
It's probably the ugliest machine I own, but good fun to play. It's also well made, making it a very reliable machine.
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Hi Jerry :D , You are of course correct, I knew at the back of my mind that I had seen one recently but I couldn’t think where I had seen it, it was in your arcade in Brighton, I played on it for god’s sake!!!.... I also remember now that it did have a dial to count the balls and not a timer... I’m putting this lapse in memory down to me having a senior moment :mad: .......Again!!!!.... Problem is I can’t remember when I had the last one... :oops:
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Shows what an impression this machine had on me, as having visited mechanical memories museum in Brighton early last, I cannot recall seeing this. At first glance the shape reminded me of a double decker (quick glance)

Apologies if I missed this, but who made this machine?
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It's generally attributed to The Samson Novelty Co. Whether or not they acually made it or it was made for them, I suppose we'll never know. It dates from the late 1930s. I have a copy of an advertisement placed in the Worlds Fair in 1939 or '40 (somewhere). If I can find it, I'll post it here.
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