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Groetchen IMP
Gumball Dispensing
Trade Stimulator

circa: 1940, made by Groetchen Manufacturing Company, the smallest trade stimulator ever made.

Case has been nicely restored. It is beautifuly

Features cigarette reel strips. If you get 3 of a kind, you win. It also dispenses a small gumball.

This machine is fully working with lock and key. Dimensions: 5" wide, 5" deep, 6 1/2" high

Price: $585 plus $24 shipping ($35 shipping west of Denver

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American Eagle

Token Dispensing
Trade Stimulator

circa: 1940, made by Daval Manufacturing Company, the smallest trade stimulator ever made.

Case has been nicely restored. You won't find a better example.

Features cigarette reel strips. If you get 3 of a kind, you win a token.

This machine is fully working with lock and key. Dimensions: 5" wide, 5" deep, 6 1/2" high

Price: $685 plus $29 shipping ($39 shipping west of Denver

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Daval 21
Blackjack Trade Stimulator

circa 1940s, made by Daval Mfg Company, case nicely restored condition, fully working with lock & key.

You play it like you play Blackjack. You insert a nickel, push down the knob on the side and the reels spin.

Two cards are shown on the first two windows. The other three windows are closed. You decide whether to open an additional window or two. The goal is to get as close to 21 and not exceed it. You then open the middle window (the House window) to see if you beat the House.

If you win, then the saloon keeper or store owner would pay you.

It is a smaller trade stimulators. The dimensions are: " wide, " deep, " high

PRICE: $895 plus $25 shipping ($35 shipping west of Denver)
One in photo sold, another one is available

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New Deal
Trade Stimulators
with Jackpot

circa 1930s, made by Pierce Tool & Manufacturing Co.

This four reel trade stimulator features three fruit reels and an "odds" reel.

Winners are paid over the counter and if you win the jackpot, a key releases the coins.

The trade stimulator case is in excellent original condition with nice original paint. The award card and jackpot are replacements.

Includes a gumball dispenser. Dimension: 12" wide, 10" deep, 11" high

Price: $1295 plus $35 shipping ($45 shipping west of Denver)

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Groetchen 21 Vendor
Blackjack Trade Stimulator

circa: early 1930s, made by Groetchen Manufacturing Company, 5 card reels.

The goal is reach 19, 20 or 21 without going over 21. MP> You keep opening windows till you reach it or you go over it.

Older restoration, but still in great condition. Dimensions: 14" wide, 10" deep, 15" deep.

This original machine is fully working with lock and key, nicely made replacement backdoor. See Photo

Price: $ plus $39 shipping ($45 shipping west of Denver
The one in the photo sold. Another one is available

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Puritan Baby Bell
with Front Jackpot and Award Card

circa 1930s, nicely restored case with desirable jackpot front and award card marque (which is usually missing).

The back door is a nicely made replacement with lock and key. See Photo of Back Door

Jackpot is hand-filled and winnings are paid by the bartender or storeowner. Dimensions: 8" wide, 11' deep 16" high

Price: $950 plus $35 shipping ($45 shipping west of Denver)

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Mills Fruit King
Trade Stimulator

Circa 1938, made by the Mills Novelty Company, a five fruit reel trade stimulator with a very unique ball gum dispenser. After you insert your coin, push down handle to make the reels spin, you turn the knob and the ball gum comes out of the knob.

Beautifully restored case, fully working, with lock and key. Dimensions: 11" wide, 9" deep, 11" high

Price: $785 plus $35 shipping ($45 shipping west of Denver)

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Daval Penny Pack
Trade Stimulator

Fully working with lock and key. Works with pennies, nickels, dimes & quarters, 9" wide, 9" deep, 11" high

Appears to be in all original condition with some wear and fading and a few minor scratches. Original reel strips and award card.

PRICE: $775 plus $35 shipping ($45 shipping west of Denver)

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Jennings Puritan Girl
Trade Stimulator

Circa 1928, made by the O.D. Jennings & Company, The Puritan Girl is the rarer and more desirable version of the Puritan Bell trade stimulator. It is also slightly larger and heavier.

Nice condition, fully working (the small coin door in the back is a replacement) 8" wide, 11" deep, 11" high

Price: $1875 plus shipping

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Fields Baby Vendor with Jackpot

It is been very nicely restored with the raised portions being highly polished and the recessed portions painted. 13" wide, 10" deep, 10 1/2" high

It features an original award card with a small pencil entry on it. See Photo of Award Card. Dimensions: 12 1/2" width, 10" deep, 10 1/2" high

Price: $2450 plus $45 shipping

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Trade Stimulator Tokens

circa 1930/40s, Original tokens for most Daval, Marvel & Groetchen trade stimulators made in the late 1930s and 1940s

Please specify which tokens you want.

Price:
Five tokens: $24 plus $7.95 shipping

Ten tokens: $39 plus $12.00 shipping

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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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