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Re: Bell-Fruit Gum Company: Fact or Fiction?

Postby pennymachines » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:49 pm

And on this 1910 Mills Novelty Liberty Bell (sold by Morphy Auctions, Jan 29 2017) they cost 5 cents a package.

The catalogue says, "Mills Novelty Co. manufactured this combination slot machine and gum vendor in 1910", but as I see no vendor mechanism, I assume the description is wrong and the package was handed over the counter on request.

Again, I've yet to see an original packet of Liberty Bell Gum Fruit. Presumably you got a selection of all the flavours represented on the award card.

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Re: Bell-Fruit Gum Company: Fact or Fiction?

Postby quadibloc » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:36 pm

In the very early Mills machines with a spearmint leaf symbol, that symbol was later replaced by the cherries, not the bar or the bell. The reel strips of that kind had a bar, but the bar symbol was the blue stick of "Liberty Bell Gum-Fruit" instead of "Bell-Fruit Gum" as on their later machines with fruit symbols, so that variation of the name was on the reel strips, not just the case.

As for Zeno, the gum company, it eventually started making a slot machine-like device, which neither took nor dispensed coins, in the late 1940s, as one way to avoid some of the gambling laws.

I haven't been able to find an image of even a reproduction of a Bell-Fruit-Gum or Liberty Bell Gum Fruit wrapper, but on page 108 of the fourth edition of Slot Machines: A Pictorial History of the First 100 Years there is a reproduction of an advertisement by the Mills Novelty Company inviting slot machine purchasers to also purchase a supply of Liberty Bell Fruit Gum along with their machines. Also, there are reproduction mint wrappers sold for Pace and Watling machines. Hence, I'm inclined to believe that Liberty Bell Gum Fruit or Bell Fruit Gum did have a real existence for some time, starting in 1910, and ending some time before 1951, perhaps a long time before.

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