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The Penny Arcade

 The Coin Operated Machine Information Site 

Click on the photo to see the Autofruit in action


This page is dedicated to the very unusual and unique range of machines made by Jamieson's                                               Automatics, Bridlington  1948 to 1979



Many of these photos by kind permission of Ian Jamieson




                       ARTHUR JAMIESON MD.                        LAURIE BINNS Design Engineer

By 1956 Jamiesons had set up shop in the old Corn Exchange in Market Place Bridlington,
and one of the first machines they made is thought to be the "Shoot" pinball,
which with the end of sweet rationing proved to be a winner,
as it paid out a packet of polos each time you finished on a goal.
Below is a selection of rare photos taken in the old Corn Exchange between 1956 & 1964 when they moved to larger workshops.

                                                                                                                                                           The old Corn Exchange.


                                          Shoot Pinball


                              The workshop inside the old Corn Exchange.




                                                             Engineers working on a new batch of machines.





                       Another load of machines on their way to the arcades.



                                           Jamiesons new factory and offices, completed in 1964,
                                       built on the site of the Jamieson family's first home and shop.



                          The men behind the company (right to left) Ian, Arthur and Laurie




                          Lots more room in this purpose-built workshop



  Below are a selection of oak cased machines from 1959 onwards

              All the machines in this range worked on the same basic electrical design
and the machines were constructed using ex GPO relays, these machines were very popular with both players and operators.


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The 1960s brought a change in style, FORMICA was all the rage,Jamiesons expanded their range of machines to include pushers and multiplayer games pictured below are just some of those games.








      These two seemingly unimpressive looking machines are, in my view, two of the most underrated coin drop machines ever made in the UK. Their mode of operation pretty much forced the design of the case into this somewhat uninteresting style which was a pity for they (especially the "tip a skittle" ) were simply compulsive to play. Their design was both very simple and extremely clever. coins deposited in the slots at the top appeared to fall away from the p[layer from front to back where there was a chance they would get caught in a hollowed-out skittle when enough coins filled one of the skittles it would cause the skittle to drop and pay out the coins it held. The clever part was the coins actually dropped straight down, top to bottom letting gravity do the work, the player's view was actually a reflected one. To see how they were designed and to experience just how addictive they must have been see our good friend supershotbattymanbor's excellent video at the bottom of the page









The 1970s brought with it decimalisation and a new range of designs and, due to new gambling laws in the UK, a decision to look harder overseas for customers, and it wasn't just a hop across the channel they went for. Jamieson's attended and exhibited at trade fairs in places not normally thought of as potential selling grounds in the late 60's early 70's. They exhibited at fairs in  Vienna, Zagreb, Moscow, Bucharest, Atlanta and Dublin, with regular sales and visits to New Jersey, Tokyo, Denmark, Norway and Finland to name just a few of their forays 


           Moscow (1971), photo shows representatives from several Uk firms including Jamiesons and Streets


                                                                                       Zagreb, Croatia (1972)   


                                                                      Alexandra Palace , London (1970)                             



                                                                                      Blackpool (1973)     



                                                                     Alexandra Palace, London (1978)


                                                                Some of the later designs 












                                                                           Inside The mini Golf                      Mini Golf photos courtesy of "runner"



                                                 The Amazing "Tip-a-Skittle" in action                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Below is the Rotolite that pays polo Mints, when I think back to these machines in operation when I was a kid it's the sound that sticks in my mind.

Thanks as always to supershotbattymanbor for his excellent videos