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Posted 4 years ago

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Dan121156
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Late 1939 / early 1940 Evans Ten Strike bowling arcade game.
The pick or would be more accurate a “rescue” happened in 1974. Since that time a little restoration of the cabinet, electrical attention, plus added a front door with a coin slot. This very rare and collectible machine works well. We have an open invitation to our friends. “Bring plenty of nickels if you want to play.”

The story of the machine....
It was 1974 when a couple of friends and I were asked to help clean out a basement of an old home by its new owners. There were a few other pinball machines scattered throughout the basement that were unfortunately destroyed by renters previous to the home's owner. This Evan's Ten Strike being the oldest was stowed nicely behind other machines and under the basement steps that allowed it to be well protected. The new home owners granted me to keep the machine in payment for my labor. Being only 17 at the time of the rescue a convincing story of how this machine would work after a cleanup and adjustments were necessary to my parents, until then the machine was restricted to the garage. I can still remember my mother’s expressions of uncertainty. Being the farm boy that I was, the situation changed within a couple of weekends. The grant was given to allow Mr. Evan’s into the home.
Since then the Evans manikin bowler has followed me whenever I moved.

The deceased person who had previously owned the home had also owned a pub in his earlier years; most likely that person was the original owner of the machine.

Currently:
The most enjoyable time now is when my wife and I watch our grandchildren play the Evan’s Ten Strike game over their personal carry-about game device.

Short Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELB4VFl2Na0

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Reference: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._C._Evans
H. C. Evans & Company of Chicago was once a leading manufacturer of casino equipment and supplies - both honest and crooked - in the United States. It was established in 1892 and collapsed in 1955. It was succeeded by Evans Park & Carnival Device Corporation, which was still in business in June 1961 but no longer trades, and by Evans Supply Company, which was trading in 1962 but no longer trades.
In addition to casino equipment and supplies, the company manufactured and sold trade simulators, pocket novelties, amusement park supplies, fair ground games and shooting galleries.

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  1. Dan121156 Dan121156, 4 years ago
    Short Video...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELB4VFl2Na0
  2. Dallymae, 4 years ago
    Too bad the person in the video (me... the wifie) can't bowl better. LOL
    Better keep practicing....
  3. mhlatke, 3 years ago
    That is incredible. I've never seen a bowling game like this one before - just a beauty!
  4. nick52, 3 years ago
    This game drives me nuts. I tried for over a half hour before i finally got a strike. It's a really addictive game to play.
  5. TomB, 3 years ago
    Nice mannequin bowler! It looks to be in good shape, too. Working, I would expect it to bring between $800-$2000.
  6. KanLady, 3 years ago
    I seen the video.... that's really a nice treasure...
  7. Signaholic Signaholic, 3 years ago
    A true classic coin op game and hard to find nowadays.
  8. Benking, 3 years ago
    Wow Dan!

    You are lucky!

    Where was that made?
  9. Dan121156 Dan121156, 3 years ago
    Reference: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._C._Evans

    H. C. Evans & Company of Chicago was once a leading manufacturer of casino equipment and supplies - both honest and crooked - in the United States. It was established in 1892 and collapsed in 1955. It was succeeded by Evans Park & Carnival Device Corporation, which was still in business in June 1961 but no longer trades, and by Evans Supply Company, which was trading in 1962 but no longer trades.
    In addition to casino equipment and supplies, the company manufactured and sold trade stimulators, pocket novelties, amusement park supplies, fair ground games and shooting galleries.
  10. blhoien1951, 3 years ago
    By the looks of the refurbish work, I have to believe that you are a skilled and meticulous craftsman as well as an electrical wizard. BL
  11. Benking, 3 years ago
    You are going to use it?
  12. Dan121156 Dan121156, 3 years ago
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELB4VFl2Na0
  13. Dan121156 Dan121156, 3 years ago
    Thanks for all of the LOVE on this old machine... It has its aches and pains, but most of the time it work well for those who know how to bowl. ;-)
  14. Dan121156 Dan121156, 3 years ago
    Benking, thank you for your concern..
    This game is played only with adult supervision... ;-) ME... and if they have a nickle.
    What good is a game if it can't be played... (with caution). If the "EM" game sits for an extended period with out play, there are more problems. "Elector-mechanical games need to be played."
  15. Benking, 3 years ago
    Great Dan!

    There must be many fans out there who have such nickles!

    I know would be pleased to put in one.

    How rare are these?
  16. Dan121156 Dan121156, 3 years ago
    Thanks Benking, Don't know how many are left, from time to time I look around on the internet and always fine the same few.. But only one had I found that is close to being the same year... No records that are known of that would inform of how many had been made...
  17. Benking, 3 years ago
    Thanks Dan!

    I will let your know if ever I find one or some information.

    Did you check the history about that co, any books about it may I ask?
  18. Dan121156 Dan121156, 3 years ago
    The Evan's Co. was in Chicago, I am 7 hours from there, but it would be interesting if a main library would have any old info...
  19. Dan121156 Dan121156, 3 years ago
    Thanks MMM for the love.... ;-)
    Glad you enjoyed the visit... yee all come now, ya hear...
  20. RAD21289 RAD21289, 1 year ago
    Great Story
  21. SEAN68 SEAN68, 11 months ago
    stunning!!!!!! and great story!
  22. Dan121156 Dan121156, 11 months ago
    Thanks RAD21289 & SEAN68 !
  23. Dan121156 Dan121156, 11 months ago
    Thanks Signaholic...!
  24. Claire06, 11 months ago
    My Grandpa is totally awesome. I love to play his antique bowling machine!
  25. woodrailsteve, 11 months ago
    Great Machine, a genuine classic.
  26. MMM MMM, 10 months ago
    Congratulations for achieving the "Most Popular All Time". Three years running next to officialfuel, only 25 comments, 84 love it, 10 like it, ended 2013 on top.
  27. Dan121156 Dan121156, 10 months ago
    Thanks Hunter for reviewing and voting on the Evan's Ten Strike..
  28. Dan121156 Dan121156, 10 months ago
    Thanks for the comments MMM...
  29. Dan121156 Dan121156, 10 months ago
    Thanks Valintino97... Happy New Year!
  30. Dan121156 Dan121156, 10 months ago
    Thanks woodrailsteve!
  31. Dan121156 Dan121156, 10 months ago
    Thanks Nutsabotas6760 !
  32. Dan121156 Dan121156, 9 months ago
    Thank you ho2cultcha!
  33. mkdred01, 9 months ago
    Great story! Thanks for saving and holding onto a beautiful piece...
  34. Dan121156 Dan121156, 9 months ago
    Thanks you for enjoying and your comment, mkdred01!
  35. Dan121156 Dan121156, 9 months ago
    Thanks rniederman and officialfuel!
  36. Dan121156 Dan121156, 7 months ago
    Thanks Trey!
  37. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 2 months ago
    A m a z i n g!!!!!!
  38. Dan121156 Dan121156, 2 months ago
    Thanks Virginia.vintage!
  39. Dan121156 Dan121156, 2 months ago
    Thanks Bigsarge..
  40. Dan121156 Dan121156, 2 months ago
    Thanks Jewels!
  41. Dan121156 Dan121156, 2 months ago
    Thanks MrsGraham!

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