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Jack,
My parents have started giving me all of my old childhood toys back, and one is a gumball machine that I had when I was a kid.  It looks similar to the 36" carousel machines you can buy today.  I currently have it on display in my basement, and have been giving lots of compliments and it's a great conversation starter, however I can't say much other than "I've had it since I was a kid". :)
I have been doing some research online, and all I can find are red machines with a black stand. I am trying to find markings on it, however all I can find is the word "continental" on the plastic stopper at the bottom of the spout. It's in fantastic condition for its age with no scratch on the globe, machine or stand. Would you be able to help me on identifying the gumball machine. If you require additional photos I am more than willing to share.
Thanks

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Hi Scott, Your machine is made by Carousel Industries. It was introduced to the
market about 30 years ago. J.C. Penney Co and other mass merchandisers sell
the machine, especially during the Christmas season, along with the stand, gumballs,
etc. Over the years, Carousel Industries have introduced many versions, even one
that vends dog treats. Your machine can be found for sale on e-Bay. There are
often ten or more on e-Bay at any given time. Your machine has more value as a
keepsake than monetary value. It will continue to bring back memories of your
younger days. Regards, Gumgod

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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.

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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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Coin Operated Collector's Association

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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.

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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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