High Top with a Pace Star....

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Re: High Top with a Pace Star....

Postby aristocrat » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:38 am

thought would bump this thread as my friends machine at the time is now my machine

heres some more pix

i am presuming the MD start to the serial number is due to Glen Burnie site being in MD?

all castings and trim are stamped mills MLB [except ace marquee trim above reelglass]

[although whether these were fitted originally suppose who knows?]


the pace mechanism sits on a non cast baseplate [eg not standard mills or sega baseplate]
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Re: High Top with a Pace Star....

Postby aristocrat » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:41 am

there was a standard mills escalator and jackpot fitted to the machine

but they have been removed before pix taken

the 6d coin denominator denotes english sixpence [similar to US x10 cents]

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Re: High Top with a Pace Star....

Postby Anglobritish » Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:09 am

Illegal Slots from New York to London 1960.pdf
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Hi Guy's,
You maybe all second guessing these cabinets, when I first started converting machines back in 1958, the only slot machines that we had in England was the old ten stop Mills Goose neck models, One company called Tom Bolland made new cabinets, and fitted the mech's from the old fashioned looking Mills models, he made at least 12 different models, in some cases he even put the Mills name on the castings. These are known as Black Beauty, Film Stars, Brooklands Racers.

In 1957 my family started operating slot machines in the British Working Men's Clubs, we operated the Mills Blue Fronts, Cherry Bell, War Eagle and other models using the silent mechanisms that had escalators, we then had high top castings made and revamped the Silent models.

Then in 1959 one of the New York mob family called the Lucchese family who's Don was Tony "Ducks" Corallo sent a Jewish guy from Long Island called David Forman to London to sell slot machines to the British operators, David who was fondly know for the next 50 years as "Gabe" Forman, ( He was my friend until he died in early 2006 see picture) started a company called Las Vegas Coin Ltd. I was at that time converting all kinds of High Tops from the American coinage to the British coinage, you must bear in mind in those days we were not looking to be all "Original" with the parts, we made whatever fit, for instance if we had a melon bell with no JP we would take one off of any old machine that was lying around, the same goes for any other machine that had a part missing.

Most of you, look at these machines from a collectors point of view, and quite rightly so, but if you put yourself in the position of an operator who's sole purpose was to make money, you would understand why there is so many variations.

Pace originally sold their company to H. C Evans, companies like Ace and Space, were created to supply the needs of casino's in the rural area's of Northern Nevada where the Pace machines were very popular right up until in some cases as late as the early 1980's.

Auto Bell made High Tops, Buckley started out making new cabinets to retro fit the Mills Silent mechanisms into Black Cherry style cabinets the same as Tom Bolland did in England.

The main reason that Jennings and Keeney and other companies moved to Baltimore was because Maryland was the last State to ban the operation of slot machines in 1967. Also they set up in Maryland because Baltimore as a Deep Sea port, and was easy to ship to Europe without breaking the Johnson Act of Interstate shipping.

Also in the early 1960's Jennings was producing more machines than at any other time in their history since the 1930's, the Jennings distributor in England George Coughtrey's Automatic Machine Supply was presented with an award from the Jennings Company in 1964 for selling more Jennings machines than any other Jennings distributor World Wide, the Jennings Governor was named after George Coughtrey who was fondly known in the industry as "The Governor" a slang name for boss.

So as long as these old machines come to light, you guy's as collectors are going to guess and tell stories about what was what.

But it does put a little fun into collecting.

So have fun.

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Re: High Top with a Pace Star....

Postby Anglobritish » Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:27 am

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Here's another part of the story, (See picture) Gabe Forman got deported to back to the U.S. in 1960, after that I used to smuggle him into England through Ireland, I once did the same for Tony Corolla who was still owed money from operators in England, crazy but exciting day's. Also further to the story, from 1957 on, Service Games (Japan) produced all of the parts for Mills machines through Service Games (Nevada) Inc. the company you all know as Sega, also all of the Sega Bells that were sold in Europe after 1960 was produced in a factory in Berlin Germany.

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Re: High Top with a Pace Star....

Postby Billyzap » Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:00 am

I have a tom Boland machine in my collection. It has mills ten stop mech in it with a veneered cabinet that has metal castings declaring it a " white city" machine. How it ever got to Chicago would be an interesting story.
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Re: High Top with a Pace Star....

Postby randyvw » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:34 am

thank you freddy, for ANOTHER great bit of history! i always enjoy reading your material, as well as many others....
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