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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: $2250 plus $39 shipping ($49 shipping west of Denver)

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Restored - $2250


Restored - $2250

Restored - $2250


Restored - $2250

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Penny Smoke
Trade Stimulator
with Gumball Dispenser

Circa 1935, made by the Groetchen Mfg Company. Cigarette reel strips

Fully working with lock and key. If you get three of a kind, you win a pack of cigarettes

Nice original condition, although the colored stripes on the front could have been touched up

Original back door and reel strips. Vends a gumball with each play.

Dimensions: 9" width, 9 1/2" depth, 11 1/2" height

Price: $895 plus $39 shipping ($49 shipping west of Denver)

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$895

$895

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Puritan

Baby Vendor

Trade Stimulator

with Internal Jackpot

& Gumball Dispenser

circa 1933, made by J.M. Sanders Manufacturing Company

This stimulator features the rarer internal jackpot

Most Puritanw are just 3 reel stimulators.
Relatively few of them had jackpots

If you are a winner,
the proprietor would release the jackpot with a turn of a key

Another unique feature is the location of the coin entry The coin entry is on the side rather than the front

Dimension: " wide, " depth, " high

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

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SOLD


SOLD

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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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Restored

Buddy

Trade Stimulator

circa 1940s, made by Daval Mfg. Co.

Fully working, beautifully restored. Best restoration you'll ever see.

The Buddy is the most attractive of the smaller trade stimulator

Dimensions: 7" width, 8" deprh, 6" height

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Price: $1250 plus $29 shipping ($39 shipping west of Denver

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$1250

$1250


$1250

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Mills Puritan
Trade Stimulator

circa 1926s manfactured by Mills Novelty Company

Highly desirable cash register look,

Nickel model, fruit reels spin and stops one at a time.

Coins fall separately in to a front and back cash box area.

Dimensions: 8" wide, 9" deep, 10 1/2" high

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

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Nickel Model - $1450


Nickel Model - $1450

Nickel Model - $1450


Nickel Model - $1450

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Army 21
Blackjack
Trade Stimulator
with Gumball Dispenser

Circa 1936, made by the Garden City Novelty Company. 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 numbers on them which represent blackjack cards

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.

Finally, you open the house shutter to see whether your total exceeds the house total.

Great fun. You control how many windows you open up

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

Price: $1675 plus $39 shipping ($49 shipping west of Denver)

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$1675

$1675

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Pok-O-Reel
Poker Trade Stimulator
with Gum Vendor

Circa 1933, made by Groetchen Tool & Mfg Company, five reel poker game

This Pok-O-Reel model is very rare and seldom available for sale.

You’ll never see a better restored trade stimulator than this one.

If you get a winning hand, the store owner would pay you off.

After each play, you can open the gumball chute if you want a gumball

Dimensions: 12“ wide, 8 “ deep, 13“ high

Price: $1475 plus $39 shipping ($49 shipping west of Denver)

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Restored - $1475


Restored - $1475
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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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"Original"
New Deal
Trade Stimulators
with Jackpot
& Gumball Dispenser

circa 1930s, made by Pace Manufacturing Co.

This three reel trade stimulator features three fruit reels.

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.

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

Price: $1495 plus $39 shipping ($49 shipping west of Denver)

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Original - $1495

Original - $1495

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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: $2850 plus $39 shipping ($49 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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Restored Puritan Baby Bell
with ORIGINAL Jackpot

circa 1928, made by Chicago Mint Company, which later became the Bally Manufacturing Company.

Most of these trade stimulators have reproduction jackpots, but this jackpot is an "Original"

The coins in the jackpot were loaded by hand through a slot on the top of the jackpot.

If a play hit three bars, the owner would use a key to release the coins in the jackpot.

Beautifully restored, Dimensions: 8" wide, 12" deep (including jackpot), 10 1/2" high

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

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Restored-SOLD

Restored - SOLD

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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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Misc AA

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American Eagle

Misc BB

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Sparks

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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 5ó 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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