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Hi guys its been a while since i have posted over here at MPU mecca .... its been a funny old year ...  with C19 and loss of Wizard, some serious bad shit this year just to cap it off for me, i ended up testing positive 3 weeks ago, although im now on a full recovery it was not enjoyable, But on a positive side im hoping this will prevent me getting it again if my antibodies can break through the red wine in my bloodstream :)   

So firstly i would like to wish everyone a happy new year ( its got to be better than the last pile of poo ) 

anyway the reason for posting here was i was over at another forum that deals with vintage mechanical slot machines and some one posted a link to the  George Wilson Arcade photo collection, i have never seen this before and found it fantastic ... so thought i would share it with you guys, if you have already seen it great, if you have not ... then you will love it 

here is a taster photo 

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here is the Link to the collection   https://www.seasphotography.org.uk/georgewilson  

Enjoy ... all the best ... Dicky

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Glad your on the mend mate.

Yes some nice fruits 

Couple of black boxes/ is it fire cracker 

Nice line of mpu3

Couple of sys80  fruit chaser/  can't make out the one next to it is it bouncer 

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Welcome back Mr Wink, sorry to hear about the COVID but hope you fully recover soon.

Great picture and thanks for the link. A lot of nostalgia going on there! :)

 

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1 hour ago, dicky wink said:

Hi guys its been a while since i have posted over here at MPU mecca .... its been a funny old year ...  with C19 and loss of Wizard, some serious bad shit this year just to cap it off for me, i ended up testing positive 3 weeks ago, although im now on a full recovery it was not enjoyable, But on a positive side im hoping this will prevent me getting it again if my antibodies can break through the red wine in my bloodstream :)   

So firstly i would like to wish everyone a happy new year ( its got to be better than the last pile of poo ) 

anyway the reason for posting here was i was over at another forum that deals with vintage mechanical slot machines and some one posted a link to the  George Wilson Arcade photo collection, i have never seen this before and found it fantastic ... so thought i would share it with you guys, if you have already seen it great, if you have not ... then you will love it 

here is a taster photo 

EWN.thumb.jpg.65ac9ef00c2849080c4a1b4239687865.jpg

here is the Link to the collection   https://www.seasphotography.org.uk/georgewilson  

Enjoy ... all the best ... Dicky

What a link Dicky ..... these some fantastic photos  those were the days.

Thank you for sharing this with us all 👍👍

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On 1/1/2021 at 5:59 PM, Joe1 said:

Glad your on the mend mate.

Yes some nice fruits 

Couple of black boxes/ is it fire cracker 

Nice line of mpu3

Couple of sys80  fruit chaser/  can't make out the one next to it is it bouncer 

Might be a clickety click Joe 

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Think you are spot on Nick 👍 I know you know sys80 couldn't really make it out when I zoomed in on my phone.

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God there's so many memories in these pics.dont know who did those 2p fire crackers as they don't look like AL conversions .so.many classic vid games pushers and fruities to mention but remember most of them .Im actually frothing at the mouth 😄🤤

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proper arcade, where people young and old and religious (the nun playing bingo lol) and the dog enjoying them selves, where amusement meant amusement not robbing thieving bandits

not a dond or partytime in site ooh times have changed  

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1 hour ago, vectra666 said:

proper arcade, where people young and old and religious (the nun playing bingo lol) and the dog enjoying them selves, where amusement meant amusement not robbing thieving bandits

not a dond or partytime in site ooh times have changed  

It annoys me sometime s that some folk forget how good these arcades were 

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Thanks Dicky for sharing these amazing pictures!  Now thats an arcade, not what you get on the sea fronts nowadays, and as said in previous comments everyone young and old playing for fun, not to try and win (and lose) a months wage like they do today. 

Thanks again for sharing these, it really is how I remember arcades, man I miss decent machines.

And more importantly, hope you're feeling better as I imagine it wasn't pleasant!

Thanks again Dicky 🙂

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Great stuff.

Reminds me of my many trips, with mates to the Kent coast from South East London. A couple of adults with Family Railcards and 8 - 12 kids all going for £1 on the card and trips to

Herne Bay, Westgate, Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

Margate were our favourite days, because of the amount of arcades and the theme park. Broadstairs our least favourite because I don't think there were any arcades or maybe just one, but Margate was like Blackpool, littered with them.

As ever also, reminds me of the old days at Butlins at Bognor. I remember when it had a large bingo area and the rest of the arcade, was 3/4 full of arcade cabinets, Carnival, Bomb Jack etc.. and a quarter full of MPU3, Sys 80's etc.. and the Cromptons Cake Walk.

5p/10p play was far too rich for me to play though, as we were a one parent family, so I watched more than played and put pennies in the Cake Walks.

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This picture reminds me of an early job I had to do in the Blueroom arcade. They were redoing the bingo and had used equipment sent down to us. A lot of the control boards were faulty so we devised a simple test setup with croc clips, micro switches and bulbs. I would connect each board, power it up and cycle through the 1 coin=1 card/2 coin=2 card then remote reset sequences and find/repair the fault.

Mind you, this was all running at 240volts and in a careless moment, a board came to rest upon a croc clip. The blinding flash and explosion jarred me to my bones......then I realized it had gone quiet and dark.

Dark, well OK the workshop breaker had tripped but why the quiet ? I staggered out of the workshop door to see about 1/3 of the arcade dark and Big John Craig (senior tech) running towards me lol. I had tripped a whole phase to the arcade.

Needless to say, a revised test setup was produced and all boards were eventually repaired and put into service.

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3 hours ago, stonyat421 said:

some true classics there for sure i wonder how many of them ended up in private collections 😁

 

just to have one of the type of the machines in the pictures would be a dream 

 

maybe one day :( 

 

 

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35 minutes ago, riche100 said:

just to have one of the type of the machines in the pictures would be a dream 

 

maybe one day :( 

 

 

You still not got one mate.just make sure when you do,my herpes dont throw it over your gate.

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