Introduced in September 1934, at the height of the Great Depression, (which started in the USA with the stock market crash of 1929; and where about 24% of the American workforce was out of work; industrial production had dropped 50 %; the drought of 1931 to 1939 which initiated the Dust Bowl wiping out most of the farms in the Great Plains region,) it was a problematic time to bring a new machine to the market. Initially offered with five different reel strips (cards, numbers, baby bell fruit, cigarette brands, and dice) and award cards, it was a fun game to play.
Operating as a trade stimulator, no matter what you scored on the reels, the machine always dispensed a gumball. This prime example has considerably less than normal wear, and has a reproduction of the original top sign, original front award card holder, side view window for last coin played, original wrinkle-type paint, the rear door, winning coin drop plunger, and lock.It comes with two newer keys. Appearance And Condition are as follows: Original wrinkle-type paint; working gumball loader, spring loaded with no bends or damage to the sheet metal piece; original poker type reel strips; original 1 cent to play awards card and original Art Deco frame; working gumball dispenser, one for each pull of the handle. There is paint touchup, cabinet repairs, no rust, no corrosion, heliarc repairs in the cabinet; it has the original style front curved glass, the original style five window segmented viewing window cardboard, original style detail painting here and there on the trim and top sign detail, original type top sign and enclosed cardboard sign, reproduced coin entry plate, original undamaged operating handle, and still nicely detailed and undamaged Art Deco accent designs cast in the machine case and a recast back door. The backdoor is and exact recast of the original, with a newer lock and keys.
Features : The fun begins when you drop in the coin. Unbelievably, this machine was designed to take any of the following --pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, or half-dollars, and it still does.
The inserted coin allows one spin of the reels by pushing down on the handle, and the previous coin played which is viewable in the sight glass on the right side of the machine is dropped into the cashbox below. Then the "Hold" buttons are set by pushing each one down where you want to "hold" a card on the reel. The handle can be pushed the for the second time, the reels will spin, and the "hold" buttons will pop back up. The coin played will then appear in the right side sight glass.You would match what you got on the reel spins to the award card in the front display window. The store owner would give you the prize, and push the plunger on the rear of the machine to drop the coin played into the cash box. Seeing the fantastic condition that this 80 year old machine is in along with the fact that it still works on any of the listed coins above, is a genuine complimentary endorsement of it's true value. This item will be packed professionally and is guaranteed to arrive in the same condition it leaves our doors. We are in it for the long haul!! All our items come from a smoke-free and pet-free environment and are stored in our shop on shelves where they are sheltered from the elements and dampness. Please take a look at the video and photos to get a better idea of the condition of this item with an honest and encompassing complete description. PLEASE watch the VIDEO below of this item! Do not panic, we will contact you. Please notify us within 10 days of receipt of any concerns. Please note, We do not accept cashiers checks for MORE than the amount due, or from dubious sources (ie the scam now running from some countries in Africa, Russia, and the Far East). The item "ROCKOLA HOLD AND DRAW SLOT MACHINE TRADE STIMULATOR, GUM VENDOR WORKS RESTORED" is in sale since Wednesday, March 15, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Casino\Trade Stimulators". The seller is "firstcabinstuff" and is located in San Pedro, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.