Putting Coinslot archive online

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Putting Coinslot archive online

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Topic copied & split from Re: Mini Falls, Penny Falls - Site Admin.

Are there are archives anywhere of British coinop Magazines? Is anyone working on a project to digitize and share them?
I found an archive of "Coin Slot" newsletters, but that one was 1974+
I would like to go through these kinds of magazines and research to start getting a good idea of years of release.
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The Wikipedia Coinslot entry has confused two different publications. The archive you mention is of Coin Slot Magazine at the International Arcade Museum, an American publication which ran from 1974 and was aimed at collectors of vintage coin-op. The Coinslot (now Coinslot International) was a supplement of the World's Fair newspaper, a British industry trade publication established in 1904 serving travelling showmen and women, circuses, magic, traction engines and theme parks. This is the primary source for British slot machine historical research, but unfortunately is difficult to access. The World's Fair loaned microfiche copies of their publication to Paul Braithwaite when he was compiling Arcades & Slot Machines. It would be a great asset to us if it was made available online.

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Is anyone involved in the efforts to digitize them? I loathe information being under lock-and-key, and will gladly pitch towards efforts to make them all publicly available online.
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After changing hands several times, Coinslot International is currently owned by GB Media Corporation Ltd., so the copyright to this old material presumably resides there. Absent a commercial incentive, I doubt they'll bear the considerable cost of digitising and publishing it online.
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World's Fair being available online is something I would like to see also, just like what has been done with Billboard.

The coin slot section I believe first became part of the World's Fair newspaper publication in the early fifties.

I understand there is an archive of World's Fair papers at Sheffield University, in the National Fairground and circus archive: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/nfca
Not sure if they have kept the coin slot sections though.
https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/a ... 0adcd50e25

All we need is a large format scanner and a lot of time :)

all the best ... Dicky
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dickywink wrote: Tue Nov 09, 2021 11:35 am
All we need is a large format scanner and a lot of time :)
Plus copyright permission...
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No way do we need to respect copyright of old magazines. Digitize that shit and make it free for all.
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Why not?
Wasn't it the basis of our argument with that scrote who copied all of our members' work to sell on eBay?

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Indeed, and GB Media Corporation Ltd. have the resources to take copyright infringers to court.

In fact the digital publication of this information presents three obstacles, which may not be insurmountable to somebody with the time and determination.

Copyright
I don't know whether in 2006, when GB Media acquired the Coinslot title, the purchase included copyright of the old paper editions of Coinslot. It's quite likely the owners of World's Fair retained this. Although the paper edition of World's Fair went into administration in December 1999, an online version of the magazine is still published by World's Fair Media Ltd.

So first one would need to establish where the copyright resides. Prior to 1951, copyright will have expired anyway, so much of what we're interested in could be made more readily available regardless, if you had access to the material.

Access to Documents
I don't know any individual who has such an archive. The British Library have an incomplete collection, and the University of Sheffield's Archives hold copies of every edition from the first in 1904. Prior to 1950, it's on 37 metres of microfilm (as loaned to Paul Braithwaite when he was writing Arcades and Slot Machines). The Coinslot only appeared sometime in the late '50s or early '60s, but coin slot related content and adverts predate this of course.

Mammoth Task
It's perhaps an indication of the work involved that the National Fairground and Circus Archive haven't digitised it. Thousands of fragile oversize pages would take weeks with a home scanner. According to this website, "digitizing microfilm is not difficult, but it’s not easy", but with suitable equipment would be much quicker than paper.
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badpenny wrote: Sun Nov 14, 2021 12:13 pm Why not?
Wasn't it the basis of our argument with that scrote who copied all of our members' work to sell on eBay?

BP
That was someone profiting off the work.
Me and the people I run with do all of our scans and make them available free to everyone at the highest quality possible.
Trade magazines are essential for salvaging the lost bits of history we can before those documents, and those people involved, are gone for good. You may not agree with that, and want to adamantly respect copyright. That's fine, I'm not here to argue.

But if you can help make this information common and available for all, forever, join us over at Gaming Alexandria won't you? https://www.gamingalexandria.com/wp/
Preservation and research are the top priorities. Even if some stuff isn't yet made available publicly facing free to all, we need to ensure it's preserved for future researchers.
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