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An excerpt from the forward,
“I’ve been intrigued by penny arcade machines for as long as I can remember. My first recollection of seeing one of these magnificent machines was at Sherman’s Amusement Park in Caroga Lake, New York. I must have been about five or six years old. Sherman’s then had a separate building for their penny arcades and I remember being fascinated by the international mutoscope ‘Love Analyst’. This was just a simple love tester with a back glass that showed a man and a woman with a red heart. I was so small I had to look up at the machine ... but at the time, it represented all things heady and exciting. Years later, that exact same machine from Sherman’s is now in my private collection.
My interest in penny arcade machines led to my son, Michael, creating this book. I wanted to establish a very clear record for potential and current collectors and dealers of the origins of these re-creation machines which explains the title ‘No Tampering.’ I also wanted to thank the many friends I have made over the years who share my passion for collecting these machines.”
John Papa – June 2014
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NO TAMPERING! by Michael Papa
A Guide to PAPA'S Re-creations
A Complete Reference Guide to the over 100 reproduction machines made by John Papa
Today in the world of collecting coin operated amusements, there are many machines which are classified as “unattainable.” These machines are either so rare that there are only 1-2 or no known examples today. Over the past several years, the crew at National Jukebox Exchange has been creating a series of re-creations of these unattainable penny arcade machines.
No Tampering is a guide to every re-creation machine made by National Jukebox Exchange in Mayfield, New York. 60 pages of history, records, process and a look inside of all of the projects. The purpose of this book is to establish a very clear record for potential and current collectors and dealers of the origins of these re-creation machines which explains the title ‘No Tampering.’ This book was in limited print of 100 copies. Most of the 100 have been sold with only a few copies remaining.
The machines covered in this book are:
Exhibit Supply "Braying Jackass", Exhibit Supply "Aviation Striker", Mills Novelty "Electricity is Life", Mills Submarine Lung Tester", Exhibit Supply "Pull the Tiger Tail", Watling "Dr Vibrator", Caille Bros. "Mickey Finn", F.J. Howard "Uncle Sam", Caille Bros. "Apollo Muscle Test", Mills Novelty "Illusion Machine", Exhibit Supply "Spear the Dragon", Mills Novelty "Balloon Lung Tester", Mills Novelty "Perfume Lady".
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