S Firman & Co. (Nottingham) Ltd., Clifton Engineering Works, Curtis Street, Nottingham. Proprietor Bert Firman repaired and manufactured parts for Mills fruit machines, fulfilling a post-war demand from traveling showmen. He developed a large jackpot suitable for the large British penny, to accommodate the showmen, converting their Poinsettia bull-nosed jackpots to this larger jackpot. The company went on to build a number of machines some apparently recycling parts from American bandits, others entirely manufactured in house. Firman retired in the early 1960s, and opened an arcade on the pier at Skegness.

Firmans one arm bandit

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments