Help ID’ing a machine?

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Help ID’ing a machine?

Postby NutHouse » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:19 am


I have a small antique shop in Edenton North Carolina. I picked up a penny cigarette trade stimulator at auction (and I was pretty pleased at the price).

This particular machine is missing a manufacturer sticker on the back. I am attaching a close-up of what remains. I can find no other markings except on one metal piece in the back (I think just a part number). I have only spent about 3 hours looking online, but if I had to guess, I would think this is by Garden City Manufacturing Co; the 4 brands of cigarettes on my machine match the four on all of the other Garden City (Camel, Chesterfield, Old Gold & Lucky Strike). As well, there are lots of similarities to a GC Pair-It (the little metal doohickey that holds the wheels on the center spindle looks just like the little metal doohickey in GC Pair-Its, the shape and style of wooden machine, the gumball vending hole, the wooden knob on the side, etc).

Any help that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. I am looking to sell it, whether on eBay or through a private deal; I can’t bear to sell anything without learning more about it! Thanks! Maria
Close-up of remains of manufacturing sticker
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Re: Help ID’ing a machine?

Postby nvmos2 » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:40 pm

You have a Pierce Tool machine from about 1934; Match-a-Pak.
It is missing the instruction card with the name that should be under the handle.
It came in other variations of graphics and names.

Use the search feature of this forum and search on "match a pak."
you'll find a thread entitled "Unknown trade stimulator" or something like that.
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Re: Help ID’ing a machine?

Postby NutHouse » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:00 pm

Thank you!!

Any idea on a value?
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