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moonriver
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Not everyone's cup of tea, but a rare machine I should think.
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I too have fond memories of working at Peter Simper. I was on my OE at the time, 1978 I think.
I was the New Zealander working in the store room. I remember painting the white wire in the various colours for the factory.
Fond memories of a great bunch of people. I was presented with a bottle of Logan whisky when I left which we drank at my oldest child 21st some 28 years later.
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What a pity that there are (probably) no BMCo employees left to tell workers tales, or other well known makers employees such as Bryans, R & W etc. This of course is one of the problems of not documenting information early enough for future generations who may be interested in the hobby. It has, and probably always will have, a certain air of secrecy, mystique and mystery about these old machines.
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-/00\- Yep, totally agree with you, it needs to be recorded before it is too late.... !TAPTAP! !READ! !!PHOTO!!
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glittering-prize67 wrote:This Chris Powell - is he anything to do with Powell's Automatics, restoring old bandits and putting some on new themes?
Chris Powell has the arcade in St Ives I think. !PUZZLED!
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Arrgee wrote:What a pity that there are (probably) no BMCo employees left to tell workers tales, or other well known makers employees such as Bryans, R & W etc. This of course is one of the problems of not documenting information early enough for future generations who may be interested in the hobby. It has, and probably always will have, a certain air of secrecy, mystique and mystery about these old machines.
If you know where they were based it might be worth contacting the local newspaper. They are always looking for stories with a slant that will generate interest with their readers and who knows what response it may turn up.
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An excellent suggestion! It's how the authorities caught up with me the last time! !!SUICIDAL!!
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Jonesthegarage wrote: If you know where they were based it might be worth contacting the local newspaper. They are always looking for stories with a slant that will generate interest with their readers and who knows what response it may turn up.
I have tried this a few times with newspapers & libraries etc. when looking for information. Unfortunately, they only tend to become interested when a fee of some kind is offered :!?!: I have found very few who are willing to help for nothing. When I researched the Whales family a few years ago it cost me over £400 by the time I had finished, and I lost count of the man hours involved. !!SUICIDAL!!
Would I do it again??? Yes all the time because the history is as important as the wooden boxes we all cherish.... !!THUMBSX2!!
Talking of History?? HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! that's another year gone.
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slotalot wrote:...the history is as important as the wooden boxes we all cherish....
Point well made. I'm surprised how some collectors' interest in the 'wooden boxes' doesn't extend beyond acquiring them and what they're worth.
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Arrgee wrote:This of course is one of the problems of not documenting information early enough for future generations who may be interested in the hobby, it has, and probably always will have a certain air of secrecy, mystique and mystery.
It's always the same with subjects like ours - back in the day no one thought anyone would be interested in years to come. If you had told them people would collect the machines and write books about the industry they would have laughed. Especially with the amusement machine industry, the general public have always shunned those involved, wrongly assuming them to all be crooks and conmen, spivs at best. My recollection of those my father knew in south London is of a tight knit group of well dressed, slightly flashy people whose friends came from the same industry. They had money but were not generally accepted as "the right types" by the public when in fact it was some of the operators and those who frequented their clubs and sites who gave the industry its bad name, not the machine makers.
A party at Ruffler & Walker to launch their venture with (I think) Bal-Ami jukeboxes
A party at Ruffler & Walker to launch their venture with (I think) Bal-Ami jukeboxes

Fifth from the left is one of my father's best friends. As a very small boy I remember that whenever he came to our house he always had the prettiest of girls in tow. Looks like he did it again at this party.
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