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Prescriptions for Slot Machines A pharmacy where the best medicine for
boredom is a prescription to operate a slot machine. Harold’s Club Gun
Collection More than 600 pieces are there for the fancier of firearms.
The 1980 Loose Change Fun Fair Highlights from the second edition of the
world’s largest antique coin machine and advertising show. Caesars Tahoe
A portrait of a new casino in Lake Tahoe. Slot Machines in England
A survey of old and new English machines.
The Watling DERBY This man tells of the "rarest of the rare,"
a machine he received from John Watling. Legal States for Slot Machines
This is the yearly roundup of yes and no states. Gambling Superstitions
This lively report from a major Nevada casino tells how players think they pick
winners. List of Fun Fair Exhibitors (Partial) Here’s your
chance to do your homework before arriving at the Fun Fair: Simply note the ones
who sell what; and where their booth will be; then make up your shopping list. Keeping
Them Honest A colorful bit of larceny about those who cheat slot
machines. Gold Leafing Your Slot Machine A professional tells how.
Includes copyright-free artwork for the designs on the sides of the case.
The Slot Machine King The compelling story of one man’s life as a
modern day "King" of slot machines, Mr. William "Si" Redd. Auction
Fever This factual, "straight-in-the-face" report by a leader
in the hobby of collecting reveals the pros and cons of an auction. Decorating
Your Fun Fair Booth Good information on how to set up a show booth for
the most effective marketing. Le Scopitone de Paris An
encompassing article about the most famous movie jukebox of all. The Loose
Change Fun Fair A noted coin-op dealer tells why the Loose Change Fun
Fair is worthwhile for everyone—from visitor to dealer.
Photography for Coin Machine Collectors
Now you can photograph your own
slot machines with professional results. The methods used for the magazine are
presented in descriptive form. It’s Showtime A veteran show
exhibitor and attendee tells it how it really is. This article will help you
sell or see more at the shows and sales. Mills "Horse Head"
BONUS Although introduced twice, this desirable machine was never copied
by any other slot machine manufacturer.
G.A.M.E.S. An in-depth look at G.A.M.E.S.—the largest store of
its kind anywhere in the country. Gordon Pace’s Father’s Day Auction
Wheeling, Illinois. Many fathers—and non-fathers—were treating themselves to
Gordon Pace’s Auction. Prices seemed to generally hold up well despite the
slumping economy. The Master Plan Although familiar with the
Master gumball machines, nearly all collectors are ignorant of the manufacturer
of these machines and the products manufactured under the Master name.
Slot Machines: The Largest and Smallest
A discussion of the Big Bertha
machines, the world’s largest slot machine; and the MANIX, a miniature machine
built by Gamex. The Antique Gambler Auction Las Vegas, May 16-18,
1980. Half of nearly 500 lots auctioned were slot machines!
Bull Durham When the jackpot craze caught on in the late 1920s,
the conversion front companies had a field day. This story is about one
considered rare among today’s collectors. How and Why to Buy at Auctions
A well-known coin machine auctioneer has some good advice for those attending
auctions for good deals.
The Man Behind the Legend: Frank Polk
Frank Polk is most well-known to
slot machine collectors and enthusiasts for his famous carved cowboy slot
machine figures. Offering a complete listing of his carved slot machines, this
article explores his life and times. Twenty-eight photos, both old and new! Mathematics
of the Mills FUTURITY A mathematical continuation of the article on the
same machine in the January 1980 issue of Loose Change. The
Character Manufacturing Company A profusely illustrated story of the
company that originally produced the carved cowboy slot machine figures. Clyde
Keeling A tribute to a man who played an instrumental part in the
foundilng of this magazine.
The Watling ROL-A-TOP and TREASURY This exploration of these popular,
eye-catching machines discusses the various models. Illustrated with more than
30 photographs. Harold’s Club: Nevada’s Oldest Casino A fast
and fascinating history of Nevada’s oldest casino. An Unusual Task
A quick sketch concerning mathematics, 10-stop reels and the psychology behind
the design of reel strips. Law Making The efforts of a Michigan
collector led him to the governor’s side to witness the signing of a bill
legalizing possession of antique slot machines. Spinning Wheels
The story of a non-Nevada company with exclusive rights to make roulette wheels
for casinos in Nevada.
Why Do People Gamble? This oversimplified and entertaining article
includes the author’s definition of a player, a gambler and a loser. The
Golden Nugget The casino’s builder takes a step back in time and
re-creates the best of the Old West. The Greed of the Old-time Operators
This article shows still another way some operators purposely
"cheated" their players. The Life of a Deck of Cards
Have you ever wondered how long a deck of cards could last in casino play? Here’s
the answer from one of the oldest casinos in the country. Meet Lady Luck
She’ll make you rich, she’ll make you poor; but she’ll never bore you. Her
name is Lady Luck. This article explains some of the games she plays.
The Mills Futurity This examination delves into the inner workings of
this machine. The mathematical analysis will either bewilder or amaze you. Don’t
You Dare Drill That Lock! The answer to that frustrating problem of what
to do with a machine without a key, like the Watling front vender. Ten
Stop Reels What seemed a good idea for the operator finally gave way to
20 stop reels. Advantages and disadvantages are discussed.
Collecting Trade Stimulators For many collectors the little machines
are the only slot machines available at an affordable price. This pictorial
review shows 25 representatives of this small slot machine family. Loose
Change Fun Fair Concise, succinct rundown on this memorable event, as seen
by an exhibitor. A Review of the Loose Change Grading Specifications What
it is and how to use it. All the detailed specifications for both payout slot
machines and trade stimulators are presented in its latest revised state. Our
Collection Written and photographed by one of our readers, this article is
interesting because of its pictures of uncommon machines.
The Loose Change Fun Fair
A pictorial review of the largest event of
its type ever staged for the antique coin machine hobby. Includes a schedule of
events and list of exhibitors.
The Pace KITTY This unique machine—a rarity when complete and in
working condition—feeds the "kitty" every time that symbol appears
on the first reel. A complete pictorial of the method of operation, the machine,
and statistical evaluation of the odds. Gordon Pace’s Coin Machine Auction
Labor Day, 1979. A listing of the latest prices for the Illinois event. Identifying
Slot Machines Intended mainly for the newcomer to the hobby, this pictorial
review includes 18 full-page photos of some of the more common slot machines. Legal
States for Slot Machine Collectors There is no single answer to the question
of which state is legal and why, so we have given you a quick synopsis of 25
"legal" ones. A Quick History of Harold’s Club A thumbnail
sketch of one of Nevada’s oldest surviving casinos. Patents, Early Slots
and Gin Marshall Fey, grandson of slot machine pioneer Charles, offers a
rebuttal to an earlier article in Loose Change magazine. Nickel
Interlude A heart-throbber for the jukebox fans.
A Rare Mystery Even Charlie Chan, Sam Spade and the Hardy Boys couldn’t
have done a better job than this collector did in finding out what kind of
machine he had. Auction Protection Tells some tricks underhanded
auctioneers use, then describes ways both the buyer and the consignor can
protect himself. Southern California Advertising Show Don and Sharron
Henry’s eighth annual advertising show at Disneyland had a wide variety of
goodies for the antique coin machine collector.
Cheating Is Not Allowed Here A profusely illustrated guide to the more
unscrupulous gambling equipment and devices used to cheat, as used by those
professionals of days gone by. Buckley’s Track Odds This article
explains the reason why the console slot machines are no longer passed by as
uncollectibles by long-time collectors. The Americana Auction Las Vegas,
June 23-24, 1979. Joe and Diane Piersanti staged a big auction, but few
attended. Those who attended walked away with nice merchandise because the price
Patents and the Early Slot Machines
This provocative article raises
some questions about the generally assumed status of the Fey LIBERTY BELL. The
Goliath Discophone This historical article about an early jukebox comes from
Belgium. How Many Bell Machines? A list of several hundred bell-style
machines offered from 1931 to 1940. Buying Slot Machines by Mail A
tongue-in-cheek look at mail salesmen in the slot machine collecting business. A
dandy! Full of humor, wit and photos. Restoration of a Wurlitzer 1100
Although not technical in nature, this article offers some excellent tips. Whatever
Happened To . . . Remember all those signs you used to see: "Harold’s
Club or Bust"? Mills Dice Machine Closely simulating a craps game,
this device has disappeared soon after its introduction. The one in this article
is almost brand-new!
The Little Duke The Jennings machine was fascinating to players in
1932 when it was introduced. Today, collectors are charmed by its unique look.
No other maker of slot machines has ever copied it. Me ‘n My Duke This
collector prizes his little machine more than any other. The Virginia &
Truckee Rolls Again This revival of America’s most famous short-line
railroad is bound to catch the interest of everyone with an appreciation for
things mechanical. Going Legal: Part II This is the continuation of last
The Antique Juke Box Story
The founder and owner of a famous business
claims he has had a good record of flops. Bordello Body Painters A
University of Nevada student in journalism took on an assignment he will never
forget. Signs Gamblers Read Billboards leading into the gambling cities
whet any and all appetites—from bingo to slot machines and buckets of food. Going
Legal: Part I Illinois is legal, that’s a fact; but what now? What are the
implications of this for collectors and dealers? We predict. Heroes of Rock
‘n Roll The most expensive television production of rock and roll had its
beginnings here at the Antique Juke Box Company.
The Ultimate Coin-Operated Machine
This comprehensive treatment of
mechanical coin-operated machines ranges from banjos and pianos to xylophones
and violins. Profusely illustrated with photographs and pages from original
catalogs. Victorian Casino Antiques Auction Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas,
March 3-4, 1979. Only this auction could have all the slot machines banned the
day before the auction and still have a wonderful selection of other items left
to occupy bidders for two days. The Slot Machine Ban Roy Arrington’s
auction met with misunderstandings. And the Nevada Gaming Control Board
announced there would be no slot machines for sale at this show! My First
Coin Machine Auction Although one collector managed to spend time and money
for an Arrington Auction, he had to go home empty-handed. He still looks forward
to the next time.
Saga of the Snake Remember the little picture of the Serpent slot
machine Loose Change published last April? Well, its little sister and a
companion have emerged. More on the Odd Fellows Another "odd
fellow" has one collector believing that Oliver Twist isn’t the only
British-trained thief. Beginner’s Luck A true story about a beginner
and her luck—or lack of it. Our First Year at a Glance If you are a
newcomer to Loose Change you may be interested in knowing what you
missed. The Last Tour of the Wurlitzer Factory Imagine taking a tour of
your factory—a vacant one. It’s exciting if it happens to be as famous as
this one. Moving? Don’t Leave Anything Behind Most people are very
careful not to leave anything behind when they move—except for one item: their
The Making of "Tilt"
The story of the making of the Brooke
Shields movie about pinball games. His Hobby Became His Business To many
collectors, Roy Arrington means an auction of extraordinary glitter and glamour.
Here is Roy’s story: how a hobby turned into a business. Short Changed?
Here is the reason some other slot machines had wishy-washy payouts.
Behind the Scenes of Harold’s Club To the occasional visitor, a
gambling casino operation is automatic. This is the other side of that
assumption. The Disneyland Auction Anaheim, California, November 25-26,
1978. Mickey Mouse and friends weren’t the only stars present during this
auction. Guinness Sets Its Own Record: Inaccuracy This time they really
blew it! They don’t know anything about slot machines, as this collector
explains. A Restoration Primer This excerpt from a new book has some fine
tips for case and mechanism restoration. The Reno Auction On December
2-3, 1978, the A-1 Supply Company held the largest one yet—but the prices were
erratic. A Visit with Donna and John Hermann Such a collection of Caille
machines you’ve never seen! And then, there’s all the Polk figures! A
glowing account of two people who’ve been in the hobby a long time.
It Could Have Been A Lemon!
After a successful year in publication, Loose
Change has hit cherries, not lemons. An Interview At The Money Tree
behind-the-scenes look in the slot machine department of The Money Tree Casino
in Reno, Nevada. Great Discoveries Marshall Fey has some recent coin
machine discoveries to share. The Automatic Violin Player Although
published more than 60 years ago, this article is just as fascinating now as it
must have been then. Greed Breeds Profit This short story tells about how
an old operator profited from the dishonest and greedy customers who played his
Charles Fey: The Slot Machine Man
An insightful look at the inventor
of the first three-reel payout slot machine as we know it today. The Story of
the D. Gottlieb Company A concise story of the company and the amusement
pinballs that have made the name world-famous. A Collector’s Guide to
Automatic Music Have you considered an automatic coin-operated machine that
plays a real violin—or perhaps two—for your collection? How about an
The Columbus Story A fact-filled pictorial article about some of the
rarest and most valuable gumball machines and the company that built them. The
Caille MULTI-BELL 7-WAY The most ingenious and sophisticated of all
mechanical three-reel slot machines outsmarted itself.
Those Fascinating Bits of Brass More than 10,000 different kinds of
amusement machine tokens are now valuable collectibles. Tools of the Trade
This advanced do-it-yourselfer likes to use the proper tools for the job; and
these are the tools he chooses for working on slot machines. The Letter
Remember Dick Bueschel’s "Legend of the Triple Imp," which appeared
several issues ago? One of our readers went in search of one for his own
collection. The Bonaventure Auction This pooh-poohed event turned out to
be a success—despite what the "experts" predicted. It was so
successful that another has been planned for November 1978. From A Pinball
Point of View: The Auction Our pinball man laments: "Where have all the
wood rail gone?" Except for one old-timer, this auction featured all metal
A Collector to Remember
William F. Harrah is gone, but his empire and
collections survive. How did it all begin? This "kickoff" article
explores how. Harrah’s Hotels Special hotels built by a man with
special ideas. The Piano Roll Blues "Cookie" made nearly 20,000
arrangements for piano rolls! Build This Attractive Slot Machine Stand
Here’s the concluding part of this do-it-yourself project written by a young
fellow who did it himself—all for under $50. Harrah’s: The Organization
and the Man It’s easy to make money with a gambling casino, right? Wrong!
Better read this piece before you try it! Southern California Antique Show
On July 14-16, 1978, Disneyland featured other attractions besides Mickey Mouse
and Donald Duck. Harrah’s Takes the Risk Out of Gambling Have you ever
seen a casino card dealer clap his hands as he turns the deck over to the next
dealer? It’s not a gesture of joy; it’s one of the rules of the house. This
blue-chip operator literally wrote the book for casinos. The Time Machine
This collector wasn’t satisfied to accept the fact that his old machine was
just plain old. He did some investigation and found out how old. Pinball:
America’s Fastest-Growing Craze This article explains the theories about
why pinball machines are sources of aggressive or passive sources of amusement.
The Vest Pocket Story The complete story about a mini-sized slot
machine that has proven itself so popular that it is still being made today. Investing
in Slot Machines "The stock market? Phooey! I’ll take slot
machines," says this noted collector. Read why. Guess What Jack and Bill
Did? These men made an agreement and shared the results with all of us.
Mystery of the Missing Pages One of our readers sent a letter to one of our
authors, and wow—did we get the wrong number of pages! The Antique Gambler
The other side of the A-1 Supply Company. Build This Attractive Slot Machine
Stand Here’s another do-it-yourself project written by a young fellow who
did it himself. If he could do it, so can you—and for under $50. Keep ‘em
Playing How to give your old jukebox suffering from "tired trays"
a fast fix.
A Tribute To Yesterday
Ron Brooks turned his clock and calendar back
70 years! His tribute to a slower way of life is his "new" store. But
there’s something strange about this store: Nothing is for sale! The
Canning Americana Auction Although this auction was not actively advertised
for collectors of coin-operated machines, it had a great number of them, and
prices were generally lower. The Orchestrion Is there really an orchestra
in that cabinet? The A-1 Supply Company An insightful look at the antique
side of this rapidly growing company. The Slot Machines of San Juan Two Loose
Change readers who vacationed there complimented each other so much in their
reports that their article was published as one basic story. The second one
explains the first.
Life is Just a Game of Bagatelle
This in-depth article on the origins
of the pinball machines and the earliest models known is the most extensive to
date. Who Are Those Odd-Looking Fellows? Overseas travel can change a
slot machine’s appearance. The Biggest Little City is Growing Up New
casinos are popping up all over Reno, Nevada.
What is a Slot Machine? Those fascinating early machines bear little
resemblance to slot machines today. The Legend of the TRlPLE IMP A
fantasy? Who can tell? This may be one tall tale! Gumballing Valuable
information for collectors of gumball machines is contained in this entertaining
article. Tomorrow is Here for Jukebox Tubes You had better get those
needed tubes before it is too late! What Are They Worth? For everyone
who has ever asked the question, this announcement of a new price guide will be
great news. Tomorrow is Here for Jukebox Tubes By the way, whatever
happened to electron tubes? We’re Off to See the Wizard The Bally
super-shooter story with a complete listing of all finalists.
Gumballs, Peanuts, Etc.
A vending machine collector tells his story,
with over five dozen machines illustrated and described. Why Collect
Jukeboxes? One look at a few of this fellow’s jukeboxes shows why he got
turned on. The Unique Antiques Auction Culver City, California, January
28-29, 1978. This memorable event was the kickoff for a 10-day chain of events
that will be long remembered by collectors worldwide. It Was a Great Time
The Gilgoffs hosted a between-the-auctions party in Culver City. Is This
Really America? The plight of a slot machine collector whose machines were
confiscated should be of concern to all hobbyists. Will New York Go Legal?
That is the question. And we visit with one man who wants to twist the results
our way. The Victorian Casino Antiques Auction Roy Arrington’s early
February auction at the Frontier hotel in Las Vegas was the biggest to date and
wound up being the most unforgettable 10-day chain of events in the history of
coin-op collecting. Pinballs at the Unique Antiques Auction The TIVOLI
JR. and BINGO machines became attention-getters.
It’s Time the Laws Were Changed A classic article discusses the
legality of antique slot machines. Are Your Clicks in Order? Get out your
stethoscope and give your slot machines a checkup. The Music Box Here is
a history of the music box, featuring the famous Regina. If You Can’t See
It, It’s Not Legal An Indiana attorney is disturbed about his state’s
laws dealing with pinball machines. This One is Loaded The Mills BASEBALL
FRONT O.K. VENDER slot machine is loaded with special features. Allow Me to
Introduce You to My Master "Master" gumball machines have
completely captivated one collector. Here’s the story. Scoring Big and
Resetting Here is how you can fix those inoperative scoring reels on your
Those Wonderful Watlings: Like Watling machines? You’re not alone.
This ornate slot machine that never changed its basic style faded into history,
but collectors worldwide will never forget them. Those Fantastic Auctions
Two important auctions—one in Los Angeles; the other in Las Vegas—are a week
apart. This exclusive interview with the promoters gives all the facts. The
Anatomy of a Bug The modern slot machine player doesn’t have problems with
bugs. Can it be a new scientific breakthrough? This entertaining treatment of
the "bug problem" gives a fascinating insight to a vanishing practice.
A Brief History of the Pinball Machine: This capsulated history ranges
from 1830 to modern-day machines and gadgets. The World’s Largest Flea
Market? The Pasadena Rose Bowl is advertised as "the world’s largest
flea market." This special article concentrates on its value to the
collector. The Watling TREASURY & ROL-A-TOP Ever wonder where these
two desirable machines came from or how they got their names? Need serial
numbers for dates of manufacture? Then be sure to read this article. It’s all
here! We Turn Loose Change Loose This special "behind-the-scenes
look" will be of special interest to those who wonder about the birthplace
of Loose Change magazine. Good Guy or Outlaw? Some states think that
pinball machines are an important source of tax money; others think they are
nothing but a problem. The Kruse Auction This past November 1977 auction
in Stuart, Virginia, was fun, sad, amusing and disappointing. It was also
important to the collector: The price trend was up!
Issue (Fall 1977)
The Jukebox A brief but thorough introduction to the history of these
popular machines. Arcade Machines Today An interview with one of the
major distributors of arcade games today gives inside scoop on the past, present
and future. Is This the Record Return on Nickel Play? A durable little
trade stimulator gave its owner 27 years of faithful service. You Can
Refinish Your Own Slot Case Here’s how to transform that ugly mess into a
piece you can display with pride. The Fabulous Slot Machines The story of
Charles Fey and his pioneering LIBERTY BELL slot machine is the turning point in
the history of slot machines. Are Slots for Tots So Bad? A teen takes a
look at a controversial idea. Look Before You Leap So you want to jump
right into collecting slot machines? First, read the advice of someone who’s
been down that road for a long time. The Seeburg Model "A"
before Henry Ford introduced his famous four-banger, a Chicago piano
manufacturer took the world by storm with his own version.