Whether you own one or a hundred scales or planning to buy one,
this book will have everything you need. It has history, photos, patent
information, manuals, maintenance tips, repair information and a price
First, let's define what we are talking about. What distinguishes Big
Head Lollipop scales from other scales. Dick classifies scales this
way:"There are a number of scale classifications, from the early wooden and
cast iron boxy scales of the 1880s throught the early 1900s, the "Big Head"
scales of the teens through early thirties that replaced them, and finally
the much smaller "Personal" scales that allowed only the weigher to see the
Of these three classes the "Big Head" scales are regarded as the
most collectible, both for their size and appearance, and for the fact that
they conjure up a romantic period in time between World War 1 and the years
leading into World War 2."
The history of scales is revealing. For example:
"Coin operated scales were the first publicly popular coin controlled
machines in the United States, coming over from Great Britain in the spring
of 1885 soon after they were invented in the U.K. in the spring of 1884 by
Percival Everitt, a London engineer. Everitt was the "Father of British
Coin Machines," and as such was also the founder of the American interest
in machines of this class as he came to the United to make his fortune with
his vending, shocking, strength test and weighing machines.
He launched an
industry, and one that would soon surpass that of its sponsoring nation. By
the middle 1890s American coin machines had found a world market, all but
blotting out their English forebears, with a plethora of American coinop
scales leading the pack."The book is filled with historical insights such
as the above.
Each of the chapters covering a different manufacturer of
lollipop scales provide its own intriguing story and historical antidotes.
Later in his introduction, Dick Bueschel effectively explains what he tried
to do with this new book. "We are asking a lot from a single volume,
seeking to provide historical, maintenance and repair data for almost a
hundred Big Head "lollipop" scales made by over twenty manufacturers over a
period exceeding half a century.
As might be expected of this highly
specialized segment of the coin machine industry during the 60 some years
that these scales were produced, each machine line is different. While they
may superficially look alike, under their heavily porcelain exteriors beat
mixed hearts of brass, nickel plate, castings, springs, rollers and glass,
with no two the same.
"One of the frustrating aspects of collecting scales
is that there are no manuals for scales produced from 1880 1920. Dick
overcame this obstacle by providing the detailed patent drawings that show
how the scales were put together. He even provides you the information for
ordering your own patents.Last, but not least, the price guide, an
invaluable resource if you are thinking of buying or selling a scale.
Big Head Lollipop Scales book is a 236 page spiral bound book that
undoubtedly be part of most collector's coin op book shelf.
This book is out of print.
Copyright: 1996, Ken Durham
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