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Whirlwind

Trade Stimulator

with Internal Visible Jackpot

& Gumball Vendor

circa: 1933, made by Pierce Tool & Mfg Company,

Its taller shape & art deco design makes it standout next to the other more common trade stimulators.

It also features a desirable internal jackpot that exists on relatively few stimulators

The proprietor could release the jackpot with a key when the winning combination was hit

Nice original condition, although the colored stripes may have been touched up.

See Close Up Photo

See Video of Whirlwind

Fully working with lock & key. Dimensions: 9 1/2" width, 9 1/2" depth, 14" height

Price: $1875 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver

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$1875

$1875


$1875

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Hit Me
Blackjack
Trade Stimulator
with Gumball Dispenser

Circa 1936, made by the Pierce Manuf & Tool Company. Beautifully restored. Fully working with lock and key

You play like a game of blackjack. Insert coin, push handle down and see the first two reels

The reels have cards on them. The goal is to get as close to 21 without going over 21.

You then decide whether you want to open one of the shutters that hide the next reel

If so, you press the draw button to see the reel.

If you don't go over 21 you can open the last shutter. If you go over 21, you lose.

Great fun. You control how many windows you open up

Excellent resstored condition, Reel strips, award cards and back door appear to be original

Dimensions: 12" wide, 11 1/2" deep, 9 1/2" high

Price: $1650 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)

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Restored - $1650

Restored - $1650

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Reel Races
Horse Racing
Trade Stimulator

circa 1936, made by Western Equipment and Supply Company and features a metal plate on the front with a rearing horse and the company's name

The first two reels must match numbers simulating horses, and if they do you are a winner.

Reel three tells you what position you came in: WIN, PLACE or SHOW.

Reel four shows the payout odds for all three position

Beautifully restored, Dimensions: 11" wide, 8" deep, 9" high

PRICE: $1450 plus $39 shipping ($49 shipping west of Denver)

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Restored - $1450


Restored - $1450

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Restored
IMP Trade Stimulator
with Black Cat Reel Strips
& Gumball Dispenser

Circa 1938, made by Groetchen Tool & Dye Company, Nicely Repainted

One of the smallest trade stimulators made. Features hard-to-find Black Cat reel strips.

Get a winning combination and the proprietor pays you off.

It has a flap with a fake radio dial printed on its back side that cover the reel strips
The flap was to fool the police who may be looking for gambling devices.

It also dispenses a gum ball with each play,
but the gum chute is so small that it is hard to get the gum ball out.

Full working with lock and key. Very clean mechanism. See Photo of Inside

Dimensions: 5" wide, 5 1/2" deep, 6" high

Price: $495 plus $29 shipping ($39 shipping west of Denver)

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Restored - $495


Restored - $495

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Bally Baby
Trade Stimulator

circa: 1936, made by Bally Manufacturing Company. Case is in beautiful condition.

The Bally Baby was the first of the smaller or mini trade stimulators.

Their small size made it easy for the bartender to hide under the counter if the police came in

Features cigarette reel strips. If you get 3 of a kind, the store owner pays you off

Solidly made machine with nice lines and a filagree plate on either side of the award card

This machine is fully working with lock and key. It has a dark brown finish

Dimensions: 6" wide, 5" deep, 7" high

Price: $895 plus $29 shipping ($39 shipping west of Denver

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Restored - $895


Restored - $895

Restored - $895


Restored - $895

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Jennings

Puritan Girl

Trade Stimulator

Rare 25 Cent Model

circa 1928, made by O. D. Jennings & Company Co. Features 3 fruit reels

Here is one of the most attractive and collectible trade stimulators ever made

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Its special features include:

  • Attractive Puritan Girls on each side

  • Unique "Spurious Coin Here" cup on the side
    Spurious means intended to deceive
    It was the place slugs or fake coins dropped if they were played

  • Looks like a mini cash register

  • Larger than its competitor, the Mills Puritan Bell

  • Has its Patent cast in large numbers in front door to deter competitors

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Original lithographed tin reel strips

Original reward card

Fully restored case and mechanism
Fully working with Yale locks and keys

Dimensions: 8 1/4" width, 10" depth, 12" height. Serial #880

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Price: $2495 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)

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Patent No on Front Door
Restored
$2850


Spurious Coin Cup


Restored - $2850

Restored - $2850


Restored - $2850


Restored - $2850

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#1: "Original" Clawson Automatic Dice

circa 1892 - 1897, All "Original" Version. Less sthan 25 known to exist* Original Case, Original Mechanism, Original Paper
Manufactured by C.C. Clawson This Automatic Dice was the one Mike Gorski used to produce the Gorski Dicers

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#2: Lu-Kat, The Lucky Cat
Trade Stimulator & Gum Vendor

circa 1952, made by the Lu-Kat Novelty Company. Lu-Kat is a unique mixture of folk art, gambling and vending.

Lu-Cat is cast in aluminum, and sits on a wooden box.

A dime goes into left ear, and pull the handle which is an extension of its tail.

A numbered slip of paper would come out of the mouth indicating whether you are a winner.
Comes with a roll of paper slips. No key, but drawer is in open position.

To receive a gumball, you would have to push a button on the side of the cat and the gumball comes out between the front paws and a

Dimensions: 6 1/2" wide, 14" deep, 10" tall. Purchased from the late Bill Enes.

Purchased from gumball machine collector, Bill Enes.
According to Tom Gustwiller's Reel Amusement book less than 25 are know to exist*

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#3: Murray Sprink
Forture Triple Spinner

circa 1892-93, Mfg Murray, Sppink & Co, Clockwork mechanism,
Less than 5 known to exist*
Clockwork mechanism
This gambling machine was made to look like a fortune teller.
You add up the total of the three dials sto receive your fortune, with certain numbers being winners.

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#4: Wrigley 1 Gum Try Your Luck

circa 1897, manufactured by the Johnas D Bell & Company, Excellent original condition
The customer has a chance to win from one to three sticks of gum for his penny. Dimensions: 8 1/2" x 15" x9", Less than25 known to exist*

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#5: Griswald Self Pay Wheel

circa 1916, manufactured by the Griswald Mfg Company, with a token dispenser.
Less than 5 known to exist*

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#6: Oak Cigar Triangle

circa early 1900s

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

#7: Waddel's Boomer

circa 1897, made by Waddel W.W. Works,
Round with dial on front, wood and class with wooden easel back.

For each nickel the customer would receive a package of gum or a cigar from the clerk and the opportunity to get 2 or 5 of either.

Dimensions: 13" diameter

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#8: Calvert
Indian Shooter

circa 1929, manufactured by D Robbins & Calvert Manufacturing, 12"w x 9"d x 17"h,
Original insides, restored case. Playing field features indians on horses galloping. The playing is darkened
You insert a penny in the gun, and shoot the penny vertically trying to hit one of the indian's head.
If you hit the indian's head it drops out of sight. You try to hit all four indian heads.
To reset for a new game, you pull the lever on the upper right. It works and it comes with key,
Dimensions: 12" x 9" x 18"
According to Tom Gustwiller's Reel Amusements book, less than 5 known to exist*

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#9: Calvert
Hit the Black Boy

circa 1929, manufactured by D Robbins & Calvert Manufacturing, 12"w x 9"d x 17"h,
original insides, restored outside case, works, with key
You insert a penny and then flip into the playing field that features two politically incorrect black boys.
When the penny falls to the bottom it falls to the bottom or lands in a spot labeled 2, 3 or 5 and you are a winner.
According to Tom Gustwiller's Reel Amusements book, Less than 25 known to exist* Dimensions: 12" x 9" x 18"

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#10: Calvert
All Aboard

circa 1929, manufactured by D Robbins & Calvert Manufacturing, 12"w x 9"d x 17"h,
original insides, restored outside case, works, with key
Dimensions: 12" x 9" x 18"

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#11: WWII Keep Em Bombing
Trade Stimulator

circa 1942, manufactured by Atlas Novelty Co, Less than 5 known to exist*
Front reads "Keep Em Bombing" and "Smack A Jap"
Playing field shows bombs being dropped on a Japanese military base.

There is also advertising for the purchase of U.S. Defense bonds and stamps on the wood cabinet

There is a small piece of wood missing on the front top. Wood finish has slight imperfections.

12 1/2"w x 10 1/2"d x 21"h

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#12: Official Sweepstakes
Horse Race Wheel
Trade Stimulator & Gum Vendor

circa 1933, made by Rock-Ola Mfg. Co, one cent play,
select a horse, insert penny, slide bar to right to make horse wheel spin.
The winning horse is the one that is at the finish pointer. 15"w x 13"d x 12"h,
original insdes, replacement background scene, restored outside case, works, with key.

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#13: Superior Confection Fortune Gum Vendor

circa 1927, mfg by Superior Confection Co. Less than 5 known to exist* Valued at $4000-5000 by Reel Amusement by Tom Gustwiller

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#14: Civilian Defense Penny Drop

circa 1940s, nice World War II graphics

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#15: Pana Improved
Fairest Wheel
Trade Stimulator

circa 1907 - 1914, made by Pana Enterprise Mfg Co.
Drop nickel in and wheel spins and indicator show you how many cigars you won
The middle of the machine features a spot for advertising
Wood case beautifully restored, 15"w x 13"d x 19 1/2"h
Less than 25 known to exist*

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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#16: Drobisch Victor Wheel

circa 1897 - 1900, manufactured by Drobisch Brothers & Company, 5 cent play,
rather than spin a wheel like other cigar trade stimulators, the "Victor" spins the pointer,
14"w x 8"d x 17"h, restored case
Less than 25 known to exist*

To Be Auctioned at the End of May

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Restored
Chicago Club House
Trade Stimulator
On Large Coin Base
& Gum Dispenser

circa 1933, made by Daval Manuf Company, five reel card machine

This imposing model has the large coin divider base which is hard to find and highly collectible

Beautiful art deco design, original back door with lock & key

A gumball is dispensed for each coin played if you want it by pushing the plunger.

Works with pennies, nickels, dimes, or quarters.

Dimension: 12" Wide, 9 1/2" depth, 15 1/2" height

Beautifully restored with original reels strips and award card

Price: SOLD ($49 shipping west of Denver)

To Order: Send an E-mail along with your name, location and phone number
or call 202-338-1342 10 a.m - 9 p.m. East Coast time.
Be sure to include your location and phone number.


Restored - sold


Restored - sold

Restored - sold


Restored - sold

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HISTORY OF TRADE STIMULATORS


Trade stimulators, as the name implies, were designed to stimulate business either by attracting customers into a specific store or by giving the customer another reason to spend his loose change when paying for merchandize.

Even though trade stimulators were extensively used in the 1890s, they weren't called trade stimulators until 1907 when the Mills Novelty Company used the term in one of its catalogues.

The most popular early trade stimulators were the Bicycle and the Fairest Wheels. With both of these machines the weight of a penny caused a wheel to rotate and, like a carnival wheel, the player hoped the wheel would stop on a high number so that he could win multiple cigars or other merchandise. Other popular machines during this era were the penny drops and flips.

The bartender or store attendant paid winners over the counter since trade stimulators did not automatically pay out cash like slot machines. Winners usually received free merchandise, such as a cigar or a pack of cigarettes. Some trade stimulators had automatic token dispensers so that the store attendant didn't have to be called every time there was a winner. These tokens were stamped with the store's name or the winning value, such as "Good For A Free Cigar" or "Good for 5 in Trade".

Although trade stimulators became less popular for a period, their popularity rebounded in the 1930s. Many operators utilized them instead of slot machines because there were lower in cost and smaller in size, as well as needing fewer repairs and posing less legal problems. By the late 1930s, trade stimulators were increasingly becoming known as counter games.

Many trade stimulators, especially those made in the 1930s and 1940s, also dispensed gumball. The gumball feature allowed operators to claim that the stimulators were vending machines and not gambling devices. Operators claimed that the machine were made to dispense gumballs for a coin and that the spinning reels were for amusement purposes.

The 1930s trade stimulators were generally ornate and appealing to the eye, while in the 1940s they became more utilitarian. After the Johnson Act, which made gambling machines illegal, was passed in the early 1950s, merchants started using punchboards instead of trade stimulators.

For values, go to Antique Slot Machine Price Guide

For a list of trade stimulators available for sale, visit the Trade Stimulator Sales List

For a list of Trade Stimulator Manufacturers and Game Names, visit the Manufacturer and Game List Web Page Copyright: 1996 Ken Durham.

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