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Restored 21 Vendor
& Gumball Dispenser

Circa 1930s, made by Groetchen Tool & Dye Company, Great blackjack style game

Fully restored, beautiful condition, Fully working with lock and key.

Dimensions: wide, deep, high

Price: $1495 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)

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Restored - $1495

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Restored Tally Trade Stimulator
& Gumball Dispenser

Circa 1938s, made by Daval Manufacturing Company, one cent play

Restored, beautiful condition, eye catching. Hard to find.

When reel numbers match the award card numbers you are a winner

The Tally has a unique counter on the top and if the reel numbers match the counter number you are a winner

Backdoor is a very heavy well constructed nice replacement with chute for for filling gumballs. See Photo of Back Door Closed and Back Door Open

Fully working with lock and key. Even the counter on top is working.

Dimensions: 9" wide, 9" deep, 13" high

Price: $1475 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)

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Restored - $1475

Restored - $1475

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Rare Twenty Five Cent
Mills, The Puritan
Trade Stimulator

Circa 1926, made by the Mills Novelty Company, twenty five cent play, very few made. Most are nickel play

Features the highly desirable cash register shape

Original doors with keys, original reel strips, replacement award card & frame.

Fully working, reels stop one at a time as they are supposed to. Original locks & keys

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

Price: $2850 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)

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Rare 25 cent Model
$2850

Rare 25 cent Model
$2850


Rare 25 cent Model
$2850

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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 award card.

Fully working with lock and key.

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

Price: $650 plus $39 shipping ($49 shipping west of Denver)

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Original - $650

Original - $650

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Lucky Pack Trade Stimulator
& Gumball Dispenser

Circa 1938, made by Paul Bennett & Company, one cent play

Beautiful wood case, with cigarette strips include such 1930s brands as Wings and Fatima

Excellent original condition with very minor scuff marks, fully working with lock and key

Dimensions: 9" wide, 9" deep, 10 high

Price: $895 plus $49 shipping ($59 shipping west of Denver)

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Original - $895

Original - $895

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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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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
Mills Vest Pocket
Slot Machine

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

World's smallest slot machine, nickel play

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.

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)

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$895


$895

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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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