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TRADE STIMULATORS
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Spiral
Cigar Trade Stimulator

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Price: $2995 plus $59 shipping

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-$2995

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Beer Barrel Trade Stimulator
& Pretzel Dispenser

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Circa 1934, made by A.J. Stephens and Company.

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Five cent play, insert nickel and pull spout on right side of barrel

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Beautiful and unique beer barrel case,

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Features a unique vendor that vends pretzels

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Has reel strips and an award card that feature pretzels

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Excellent restored condition,

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Fully working with lock and key

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Appears all original except for replacement award card and new locks & key.

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Dimensions: 13" wide, 8" deep, 11" high

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Price: $2750 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)

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$2750


$2750

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Cent A Pack
Trade Stimulator & Gumball Dispenser

Circa 1935s, made by Buckley ManufacturingCompany

The machine & case is in original condition, with a very heavy duty very well constructed replacement door with gumball entry chute and coin release button.

See Photo of Back Door Closed and see photo of Back Door Open

Fully working with lock and key, The reel strip and award card are replacement.

Dimensions: 9" wide, 9" deep, 12" high

Price: $695 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)

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Restored - $695

Restored - $695

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Puritan Baby Bell
Trade Stimulator

Circa 1928s, made by Lion Manuf Company.

Nice original condition, original back door, original reel strips and originalaward card.

Fully working with lock and key.

Dimensions: 7" wide, 9" deep, 10 1/2" high

Price: $775 plus $39 shipping ($49 shipping west of Denver)

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Original - $795

Original - $795

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Restored
Mills Vest Pocket
Slot Machine

Circa: 1938- 1940. Made by the Mills Novelty Company

World's smallest slot machine, plays with buffalo nickels

The Vest Pocket slots machine works like a full size slot.

It automatically payouts when you are a winner

It self-loads itself as you play.

It look like a cube with a flap that hides the reel strips

That way the saloon operator could hide it from the police

Fully operational withlock & key.

The case has been restored. Looks great.

Works only with buffalo nickels that were produced between 1913 to 1938.

We provide you with approximately 50 buffalo nickels

Dimensions: 7" wide, 8" deep (plus 3" for the coin slide), 8" high

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Price: $895 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)
The one pictured has been sold. Another, restored in red, is still available.

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-$895

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Art Deco
Pick-A-Pack
Windmill Trade Stimulator
with Real Cigarette Packs

circa 1933, made by Garden City Novelty Company and features real cigarette packs in the bottom of the machine

Insert a penny or nickel on top of the brand of cigarettes you want and push down the plunger

If the pointer with your brand of cigarettes stop between the two pointers on the top, you win a pack of cigarettes.

Beautifully restored, Neat art deco design in the casting. Dimensions: " wide, " deep, " high

PRICE: $1895 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)

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Restored - $1895

Restored - $1895


Restored - $1895

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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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