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Columbia Original escalator top

Postby Denny » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:06 am

Is this Columbia coin escalator top original with the rest of machine? Or an older version. Seller has 2 shipping charges $125 and $175 both too high.
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Re: Columbia Original escalator top

Postby marsonion » Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:25 pm

Denny wrote:Is this Columbia coin escalator top original with the rest of machine? Or an older version. Seller has 2 shipping charges $125 and $175 both too high.


I've wondered about these old/new hybrid-looking machines too. I've seen two or three like that before. This eBay example is obviously a "creative" repaint job, so the "restorer" may well have substituted an older turret casting to replace a damaged later-model casting that was originally there, before glitzing the whole thing over to match-up with the lower castings. However, if you look to the 1938 Columbia ad that Bueschel reprinted on pgs. 125-126 of "Lemons, Cherries and Bell-Fruit-Gum," both the Standard and Cigarette Bell versions are depicted with this identical assemblage of modernized lower castings together with the older escalator castings on top. So perhaps Groetchen dragged their feet a little in updating the looks of the escalator turret casting, or maybe they had a larger supply of older turret castings than the previous lower castings to get rid of, so possibly they actually assembled these hybrid-looking machines for a time... who knows? Anyone--? #-o
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Re: Columbia Original escalator top

Postby Denny » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:29 pm

Thanks Marsonion for the info.
Do you have a matching serial number on the wood on any of your machines?
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Re: Columbia Original escalator top

Postby marsonion » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:48 pm

Denny wrote:Thanks Marsonion for the info.
Do you have a matching serial number on the wood on any of your machines?


Yes, most of them:

"Old style" Standard:
Badge: 1579/ Mech: 1602
Badge: 1945/ Mech: 1945


"New style" Standard:
Wood: 8860/ Mech: 8860


Columbia Chrome:
Wood: 12800/ Mech: 12800

Do you have a particular reason for asking about this-- like, do none of yours match, cabinet to mech?

BTW, here's another "hybrid":

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/58 ... ot-machine

Too bad none of the pics include a serial number.
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