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I've been helping my father clear out his basement and found a vintage Columbus gumball machine. It has a lever to stop the gumball from coming down to guess the color. He thinks they were discontinued because it was considered gambling during prohibition. I have attached a picture.

Any information about it (model) including value would be greatly appreciated!


Hello Sydney

Your machine is a Columbus RW and yes it was indeed a gambling machine.  Collectors like this machine.  Your machine seems to have some parts that may have come off another model machine.  Specifically the coin entry plate and lid hold down ring.  Send me an email at and we can talk about value.


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Marc A. Hess


I can answere questions on coin operated vending machines and arcade machines such as antique gumball and peanut venders, slot machines, juke boxes and pinball and arcade machines


I have been collecting coin operated machines for over 20 years and maintain my own web page,

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I have a B.A. degree in history and political science and a Juris Doctorate degree

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