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Fortune Telling Machine -  Walter Hart 1920's

Fortune Telling Machine - Walter Hart 1920's

This coin operated fortune game is one of only a handful known. It was manufactured around 1920 by Walter Hart of Ramsgate, England. The machine is one of the earliest known types of donation boxes, the profits here were for The National Institute for the Blind.When activated with an English penny, a standing figure beneath a glass dome spins around and points his white cane to one of the 14 different fortunes at the bottom. There is a second non-play coin slot for donation of coins of any other denominations. The game will also work with a U.S. Fifty cent coin. It's totally original with the exception that I had a new decal made for the front (an exact copy of the original) and repainted the exterior of the cabinet. The original lock on the coin box is present and working.The decals on the top section show some wear.  The cabinet is made of steel and cast iron. It's size is 10” X 6” X 6”. Weight is about 12 lbs.The Blind Persons Act of 1920 was the first disability-specific legistation anywhere in the world. “Donation” machines such as this helped raise funds to promote the NLB (National League of the Blind) and awareness of the living conditions of the handicapped.

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