Re; History of "Jackpot Fronts"

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Re; History of "Jackpot Fronts"

Postby Anglobritish » Mon Jan 05, 2015 8:51 am

Hi Guy's,
As many of you were trying to identify the Mills front that was posted by a member, I have put together a series of adverts from various companies that produced these fronts and also why, this is always good reference information for our members. I have put it in a PDF file so you can all download, please do not use this in any publication without my written permission, as it is my copyright.

Enjoy.

Freddy Bailey
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Re: Re; History of "Jackpot Fronts"

Postby flipper77 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:31 am

Very informative! Thanks for your contribution. Long time antique slot collector and I have had Lincoln Novelty, Roberts and Rockola JP fronts and have always sought more info on these late 1920's conversions. Flip
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Re: Re; History of "Jackpot Fronts"

Postby Anglobritish » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:26 am

Jennings Club Chief  in Hemsby Arcade 1960.jpg
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Jennings Club Chief  in Hemsby Arcade 1960.jpg
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Hi Flip,
Thank you for responding, I try to get the actual facts about what happened in our industry so many years ago, my late father operated many of these older machines in locations in England in the very early 1950's, I remember emptying a Base Bantom with a bag hooked up inside the front of the machine. You may not know this but it was the British company Firman Engineering who produced the most successful "Jackpot Front" , the reason being that machines like the early Mills with the small jackpot could not accommodate the old British penny, it being the size of a 50 cent coin. I remember in 1960 my father bought some Jennings Sun Chiefs of 50 cent play that came out of The Sands Casino in Las Vegas. The 50 cent machines was the easiest machines to convert to the old English penny, they would work on Pennies but pay one extra coin on any payouts of 10 or more because of the different thickness of the two coins.

See the pictures.

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