The Undiscovered

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The Undiscovered

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We all know about the Bryans Bumper, but there are many other as yet undiscovered weird, wonderful and sometimes beautiful coin-operated machines which we only know about thanks to a patent, old advertisement, faded photograph or word of mouth. If you know where any of these are, just send me a private message, and I'll move the post to Discoveries. !WINK!

This French Eifel Tower wall machine must be one of the most charming. I wonder what the game consisted of?
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International gold smuggling, perhaps?
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PM, looks like a grip tester, I imagine the flags or banners either side light up as you progress.
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That hadn't occurred to me. I was imagining some sort of top to bottom ball balancing skill game. Isn't that little paddle too dainty to withstand the rigours of a strength tester?
brigham wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 8:02 pm International gold smuggling, perhaps?
Oh, so you're suggesting it was made in England. :lol:
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brigham wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 8:02 pm International gold smuggling, perhaps?
You could be right, I bet The Lavender Hill Mob are behind it.
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bryans fan wrote: Wed Jul 14, 2021 6:43 am
brigham wrote: Tue Jul 13, 2021 8:02 pm International gold smuggling, perhaps?
You could be right, I bet The Lavender Hill Mob are behind it.
.......... or at the very least "Alec Guinness"
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There's no doubting this delightful little wall-mounted Hercules Tug of War is a grip tester, and we even know the maker and date, thanks to Nic Costa's Automatic Pleasures. It's labelled W. H. Ell & Company, London, 1905 version, which suggests there were other versions. Ell's products (gold changers, shooters and other skill games) are characteristically refined. The Territorial Shooting Range also employed curved glass.
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Mr Punch, George Haydon and William Vail, 1893 (patent US495734)

Incorporating the coin entry into the curved glass top of this penny shooting archery game was surely asking for trouble, and might be why examples of this elegant-looking game don't appear to exist. A successful shot is rewarded with nothing more tangible than the return of your coin.
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Looks like a gnome in a greenhouse :lol:
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Copied & split from Pipe Dream - Site Admin.

My pipe dream machine would be the Holy Grail machine - the Palmer's Cycle Racer. I have seen this machine on postcards on several piers and tea gardens and hotels and other locations. I am not aware that any survive, but maybe???
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