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The Dewey

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The [Coin-Op] Slot Machine by Mills Novelty Co. [Chicago, IL, USA]

DESCRIPTION
[Coin-Op] Slot Machine

The Dewey © 1899 Mills Novelty.


A 6-slot machine.
TECHNICAL
PICTURE :
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The Dewey machine
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Size : 69x36x23 inches.
Weight : 340 pounds.

One hundred spaces on a 18 inches dial.
TRIVIA
America's pride in the victorious naval hero of the Spanish-American War prompted Mills Novelty to produce this patriotic Dewey upright machine. Portraits of the admiral, George Dewey, are in a front casting and painted on the medallion of the etched mirrored glass.

Operators appreciated the machine's reliability and large earning capacity, and The Dewey continued to attract the customers from its inception in 1899 until around 1930, making it the longest produced upright. As a result, more of these have survived than any other upright slot machine.

A The Dewey unit appears in the 1938 western 'The Terror of Tiny Town'.
SOURCES
Machine's picture.
Collector's Guide to Vintage Coin Machines - Richard M. Bueschel - Page 17
Loose Change Blue Book for Slot Machines [4th Edition]

Page last modified on April 04, 2008