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QUESTION: My father in law had this machine.  I had to r remove the front cover to find the manufacture which was Mclaughlin Machine Co. from St. Louis.  I can not find anything about this piece or the company other than they were in business from 1910 to 1913. Looking for value and the possibility of restoration. I spent hours online looking for a picture. Any help you can give is much appreciated! The piece is missing the front glass and the coin door on the side but the machine does function.

ANSWER: Hi Matt,

This is a tough one and you handed me the hot potato here! So far I haven't found a thing on it either but I am still searching for you. I just ran a add on the C.O.C.A. Members web site requesting information on this. If we can't pull something out of these guys then we are in trouble. I also checked unknown machines to see if something like this would show up and also found nothing. The C.O.C.A. site as at:

if you interested. and this is what my add reads that I posted there:

Match dispencer from: Mclaughlin Machine Co. from St.
Louis from 1910 to 1913

Information for Match Dispenser by Mclaughlin Machine Co
Ad placed on Dec 28, 2013

I received a question posted below about this machine and I can't find anything on it, does anyone know anything about this machine? Match dispenser from: Mclaughlin Machine Co. from St. Louis from 1910 to 1913.

So Now, we wait and hope someone has information on this machine, if not, you might have the only example of one of these! I'll keep you posted on any information, if any, that I receive on this machine.

Thank You
Rodger Knutson

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QUESTION: I was wondering if you have heard anything about the dispenser yet. I did some more searching, and although I still don't have any info regarding the manufacturer or when this was made, I did find a piece that sold at auction that, although is painted different, has the exact same box.



Hi Matt,
No, sorry but no one has responded to that add at COCA at all and that surprises me. You did well! Looks like you found one just like it. Too bad there was no information about this machine with the auction but I didn't even see a brand name listed in that auction. Well, we will just have to keep looking and sooner or later something with turn up. Thanks for the link to that auction, at least we know what the front looks like and I am sure this is the same machine.
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I am an expert on old coin operated machines, slot machines, trade stimulator's, jukeboxes, old arcade machines, etc. I have been identifying these for people who respond to my web site listed below, for a few years now. In almost all cases I am able to tell them about their old coin operated machines, the year, the value, and other general information about their machines. I do not know much about soda vending machines, coin banks, or scales, but I will try to help you with these if I can. Please email photo's to: My web site is at:


I bought my first slot machine, a .50 Cent Mills Black Cherry in 1969 and have been hooked from that time, I still have that Slot machine! Before that I found a open barrel full of old scraped jukebox wall boxes behind a restaurant, I wanted them all but never took a one of them. Anything that took a coin drove me nuts!

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Many, the Coinslot magazine, always juken, Coin Slot Journal, Slot Box Collector, and others that I don’t remember at this time.

Graduated from Ballard High School in 1969, went to Edison Technical Collage for a couple of years taking welding and metal fabrication, tig, mig, heliarc, also arc and gas welding and fabrication. Then Apprenticed under a slot machine technician who worked in the slot machine industry Reno Nevada, and set up bar poker progressive machines in the casino's, and repaired machine and did the repairs on slot machine circuit boards there. He also was involved in the 2 hand dealer's market and bought and sold machines at the casinos auctions for the secondary market, which includes selling used machine overseas. I learned a ton from this man; he always had the correct answers and took the time to teach me the business. My interest and knowledge in other and older coin operated machine is for the most part, self-taught. It's been my passion from back in 1968 and before, my thirst for knowledge about these machines has kept me more interested over the years, and keeps me searching for more information even today. I have meet and talked to book authors on these machines, attended hundreds of coin operated shows and auctions, and I stay with that to this very day.

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