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SubjectDate Asked
Gum ball machine identification11/4/2016
  Q: Wanted to know what this is and can I get parts, especially the glass.
  A: You have a MULTI-VENDER, manufactured by Coast Vending in about 1957 to the early 1960's. The ...
Oak acorn California gumball machine10/10/2016
  Q: I would like to know how to identify age on my machine. It has a stamped serial number on the back ...
  A: I am not aware of any way to tell the age of an Oak machine. The company was founded in 1946 or 1947 ...
Gum ball machine I.D.8/29/2016
  Q: Mr. Freund, I'm attaching a couple of pictures of a gum ball light conversion i've had for 25 years. ...
  A: Your machine was made by the Regal Products Co. in the 1940's. Having repainted it does not do as ...
Taking paint off 1900 cast iron7/8/2016
  Q: I have a 1895-1904 E.H. Stafford school desk with cast iron legs that were painted over. I like the ...
  A: I believe it boils down to what look you like. If it has been painted years ago, then you can never ...
gumball globe3/12/2016
  Q: Found this globe in a garage cleanout and was hoping you might help with identifying it. I found no ...
  A: I can not get thr photos to enlarge, but I do not think that you have a vending machine globe. I ...
Gum ball Machine10/11/2015
  Q: I purchased a gum ball machine about 15 years ago. It is an Acorn. Do you know what year it is from ...
  A: Oak Mfg Co began production in 1947. Early machines had an Oak Acorn embossed in the glass globe. ...
Unknown Gumball Machine7/14/2015
  Q: Jack, My parents have started giving me all of my old childhood toys back, and one is a gumball ...
  A: Your machine is made by Carousel Industries. It was introduced to the market about 30 years ago. ...
Opening a 1930's Mills gum machine.6/23/2015
  Q: I have a 1930's Mills stainless steel gum dispenser. These were found in suways railway stations ...
  A: Mills used keys exclusively for Mills machines only. They were cut in a center groove, making them ...
Identify Gum Ball Machine6/20/2015
  Q: I purchased this gum ball machine about 40 years ago. At that time I was told that this gum ball ...
  A: Your machine was made by the Vendex Company in approximately 1935.It is a Vendex Model 520 that a ...
Worth and date of this item5/21/2015
  Q: This piece was purchased years ago. It was made by Bryan's Works, Kegworth Derby, Engalnd We ...
  A: Foreign games are not a favorite of collectors, however they have gained some followers in recent ...
gumball machine5/9/2015
  Q: I've inherited this antique gumball machine from my dad who has had it for many years. It seems to ...
  A: Sorry this answer has taken so long. I just returned from a two week vacation. Your machine is ...
carousel bubble gum machine made in 19851/25/2015
  Q: I was wondering how much its worth. Is someone is trying to sell it and I was wanting to buy it but ...
  A: Carousel machines have been made for over 30 years and are still being manufactured today. There is ...
Carousel gumball machine bank1/21/2015
  Q: I have a Carousel gumball bank still in the box and holder and im wondering if it is worth anything. ...
  A: Your Carousel machine is one of thousands of Carousels. The company is active today and has been ...
Acorn 1-cent gumball machine11/29/2014
  Q: I recently purchased an Acorn 1-cent gumball machine. I was wondering if the date on the sticker of ...
  A: I don't know of any way to pinpoint the date of manufacture. Oak Manufacturing Co began operations ...
Gumball Machine Identification10/30/2014
  Q: I came across what seems to be a vintage penny gumball machine, but after searching online, I have ...
  A: You have a circa 1972 Davis Sales Co machine. Davis Sales Co. was sold to Penny Arcade of Beverly ...
Machine7/7/2014
  Q: Do you know what type of machine this is?
  A: This machine probably vended items that were in a box. When the slide was pushed in, it probably ...
Goodies gumball machine7/4/2014
  Q: it is painted case aluminum and the top is hard plastic instead of glass for the container part and ...
  A: I do not know who the manufacturer is. The machines were made after World War 11, more likely in the ...
Toledo Public Health scale1/10/2014
  Q: I have this Toledo Public Health scale and i was just wondering when it was manufactured. the model ...
  A: I don't have much knowledge of scales but can recommend this person who can probably help you. His ...
gumball machine10/2/2013
  Q: but before i do that i would like to identify it and make sure i can get a new lock that wont look ...
  A: I'm afraid I can't be of much help to you. Your machine does not appear to be a machine manufactured ...
Cigar Store Indian7/15/2013
  Q: This Cigar Store Indian was part of a collection of a relative who left no will. I would like to ...
  A: There have been many cigar store Indians created in the last 40 years. It is very hard to tell if ...
Porcelain Zeno gum machine6/25/2013
  Q: can you or one of the readers render any help on where I might purchase an Excellent Porcelain gum ...
  A: I do not know of anyone who might have a really nice yellow porcelain Zeno. There are usually a ...
Acorn Gumball Machine1/9/2013
  Q: I was reading some posts and came across yours regarding Vintage Gumball Machines. We have owned ...
  A: I'm Jack. Your machine looks to be in good condition. Oak (Acorn) machines were made in large ...
Acorn Gumball Machine12/13/2012
  Q: I have an Acorn Gumball Machine with a number on the back of the body, E19185. What can you tell me ...
  A: The Acorn gumball machine was manufactured by the Oak Mfg Co. which began operations in 1947. Some ...
Machine purchase?12/5/2012
  Q: I have been reading some of your responses here and am quite impressed. My question is this: There ...
  A: The 5 machines are probably worth the $100.00 price. None of the machines have much appeal to ...
Oak Acorn Goldmine Tab Machine12/1/2012
  Q: I have been looking for information on an Oak Acorn 1c Goldmine Tab Machine and have not been able ...
  A: These machines are very easy to service. There are no diagrams available that I know of but the ...
1985 carousel gumball machine9/18/2012
  Q: I have 1985 carousel 15in with 23in metal base.. top is red and glass.. made by ford gum and machine ...
  A: Carousel machines are still being manufactured today and can be purchased for $25 to $40. A used ...
vintage coin operated game8/24/2012
  Q: I have found what appears to be a 1940 H.C.Evans ski ball machine in a run down store. I have no ...
  A: I have a general knowledge of arcade type games but am not an expert. That said, something that is ...
1 cent Gumball Machine7/22/2012
  Q: Attached is a picture of a 1 cent gumball machine that we can't find any information on. It's heavy, ...
  A: You have a "Super Vendor", manufactured by the R.D. Simpson Co. in the late 1920's and into the ...
Gumball Machine Identification7/10/2012
  Q: I hope you can help. I recently bought this gumball machine and after researching for countless ...
  A: You have an Oak Acorn with the large 9 lb. globe. Oak Mfg Co began making vending machines in about ...
Acorn gumball machine5/19/2012
  Q: Where can I find information on my Oak Acorn penny gumball machine? It has been in the family for at ...
  A: Oak Manufacturing Co was a California company which began manufacturing vending machines in 1947. ...
purity gum co. gumball machine4/27/2012
  Q: i have a aluminum purity gum co. gumball machine. its 6 balls for 3 cents. im just curious about it ...
  A: I will need a photo of the machine to identify it. Purity Gum Company did not manufacture the ...
antique gumball machine2/26/2012
  Q: I have an antique gum ball machine and am wondering if it has any monetary value.There is a sticker ...
  A: Your machine was indeed manufactured by the Oak Mfg Co. The company was founded in 1947 and was ...
Old Gumball machine, no information!2/11/2012
  Q: I've had this gumball machine for as long as I can remember. All i know is that it is very heavy and ...
  A: Your gumball machine was manufactured by the Oak Mfg. Co. Oak began production of machines in 1947. ...
Mystery Gumball Machine1/9/2012
  Q: I am a volunteer at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats. Recently, someone donated a gumball machine to ...
  A: Yes, you do have a Northwestern machine. Northwestern Corp., Morris IL., began manufacturing vending ...
Cigar store indian12/5/2011
  Q: Can tell me what this cigar store indian is worth ?
  A: The only cigar store Indians that have value were carved from the 1890's until about 1930. If you ...
Mystery gumball machine10/2/2011
  Q: I have searched and searched and have had no luck whatsoever finding any info about this machine. ...
  A: Your machine was probably made by Northwestern Corp., Morris IL in the 1960's or 1970's. The coin ...
1936 American Products Company Penny Machine9/19/2011
  Q: Jack have you ever seen this EXACT one of these before?? 1936 American Products Company Penny ...
  A: No, I have never seen this machine before. American Products Company was a legitimate company. They ...
10 cent gum ball machine9/9/2011
  Q: I'm 15 and bought a gumball machine for $15. It is from Northwestern and it uses dimes. coin mec. ...
  A: It is hard to answer your questions without a photo of your machine. I'm guessing the glass globe is ...
Antique 5 Column Gumball Machine4/4/2011
  Q: I have a 5 column gumball machine that seems to be in pretty nice shape. I cant find a manufacturers ...
  A: Your machine was manufactured in the 1950's by a company named Andrews and Company. It was called ...
gumball machine3/12/2011
  Q: I have a northwestern 10 cent machine with no key and looks like all the spring mechanism is rusted ...
  A: I suggest contacting Dan Davids in Manhattan Beach CA. His phone number is 310-376-1310. I do not ...
Old Iron Machine/Equipment?3/8/2011
  Q: I hope you can help. We have acquired a piece of old, heavy cast iron, what I believe may have been ...
  A: This is not my area of knowledge but it may be an ice shaver. It looks like a block of ice would be ...
woodbine cigarette machine10/16/2010
  Q: I own a wild woodbine cigarette machine and was looking to sell it so am trying to find a value for ...
  A: Your Wild Woodbine machine originates from England. There are at least two different versions of ...
Keys9/12/2010
  Q: any ideas as to where i can find try to find keys for a mills automatic gum machine. any leads ...
  A: Mills Gum machines used Mills own keys exclusively. These keys have the cuts in the center of the ...

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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.

Experience

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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