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I recently purchased an Acorn 1-cent gumball machine.  I was wondering if the date on the sticker of a penny on the front of the glass is the manufacture date.  By the way, the date shown on the sticker is 1964.

I don't know of any way to pinpoint the date of manufacture. Oak Manufacturing Co began operations in about 1947 and has made many machines over the years. The date on the sticker
could be the date the sticker was made or when the machine was made. I'm not aware of any
serial numbers that were used by the company. Sorry I couldn't have been of more help.

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Jack Freund


I have 35 years experience in the coin op field, specializing in old gumball and peanut machines. Also trade stimulators, especially turn of the century cigar store machines, both cast iron and wooden machines.


I have owned over 3000 coin operated machines. Much knowledge comes from experience as there is not a lot of documented information on many coin operated machines. Experience is the teacher.

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I host a column in the C.O.C.A. Times, (the magazine for members of the Coin Operated Collector's Association). The column is titled "Tales Of The Hunt" and features stories and comments about member's great (and sometimes not so great) finds.

I have been a dealer at the Chicagoland Slot Machine and Coin Op show since it started. Look for me in Booth F-09. Stop by with your questions or photos. I'll try to help you or buy your machine if you prefer.

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