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    Posted 11 years ago

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    My uncle purchase a do-nut shop building in 1969 to house his antique store. It came with the complete working do-nut making machine, display, and utensils. He simply unplugged it and it sat in the store for over 40 years. the original cooking grease is still in it (which has helped preserve it).

    Right after WWII, Doughnut Corp of America sold many of these machines to service men who started their own businesses. They were a huge hit. One of the images shows a book that was printed as promotional for the machines/stores. One of the images shows what a do-nut store looked like at that time.

    I feel this machine a piece of American history. I would like to know the value. Also, are these collectible?

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    1. Mike Reed, 11 years ago
      I sold one just like this 40 years ago in mint condition for $250. The guy that rebuilt it is still living. Would buy another just to rebuild.
    2. Bill McAnirlin Jr., 11 years ago
      Please contact me and I will send you a picture of a WW II Red Cross vehicle that made donuts for the troops. It MAY have used a similar machine. I am VERY interested in any manufactures tag on this machine.
    3. Bill McAnirlin Jr., 11 years ago
      Hi, After a little more research this looks like a Lincoln Model D machine manufactured in the late 1930's or 1940's. I would like to be able to see this relic close up. If you are willing to show it I will be glad to tell you 'The Rest of the Story'
      Please contact me,
    4. Chuck Lund, 11 years ago
      I Remember seeing these machines in the old Kresge stores (now K-Mart) and I would stand watching these machines while My mother shopped until it was time to go home. The lady operating the machines would always give Me a hot out of the machine donut. What a treat that was. Some would be rolled in Cinnamon-sugar mixture, others would be cooled and then coated with powdered sugar or sold plain. When I got older, I was told the machines were offered free to anyone that wanted any of them, but most were sent to the junk yard as the cost of repairing them was too much. That was back in the mid 60's. Sad ending for such wonderful machines. Wish I had taken one before they got scrapped.
    5. bxle44 bxle44, 11 years ago
      I would like to echange information with anyone that knows anything about these machine. I should be easy to find on facebook. I would really like to hear from Heavypicker.
      Bill McAnirlin
    6. Christopher Lesley, 11 years ago
      Hi, I'm an estate liquidator here in New Orleans, La and recently came across a vintage doughnut machine that closely resembles this one. It is to my understanding that the grandmother used to have a sweet shop in the front lobby of the family's hardware store about 60 years ago. We will be offering this up for sale in approximately February/March 2012 if anyone is interested. It will be several weeks before we will be able to get any pictures of the unit.
    7. bxle44 bxle44, 11 years ago
      Christopher, There should be a plate somewhere with the manufactures information. Please try to find me on facebook. My email provider is microsoft (msn) and I simply use my last name aas my email name...hint hint...
      I would like to be in touch with you directly. Thanks for the post.
    8. Donutmaker503, 11 years ago
      Moline Manufacturing of Duluth, MN, has plans for the original Lincoln Model D, and restored my family's machine to working condition. Walt Pittack was the mastermind behind the restoration. The machine was used in 2010 at the IBIE convention in Las Vegas! My book, Growing Up Doughnut uses the machine as backdrop to tell stories from youth.
    9. AngelinaBakery, 8 years ago
      Our family bakery has one like this in the Philippines, or a model similar. We got it second-hand from someone in Clark Airbase (Fort Stotsenburg), in the Philippines. Back in the mid-1940s, my dad (5 years old at the time), was given the task of getting the cooked donuts and rolling then in sugar. He would then place them on a tray, ready for selling.

      Unfortunately, the machine broke down in the 1950s.

      My dad has a lot of happy memories with this machine and has often expressed his desire to have our machine restored, or buy something of the same make and model.

      I've contacted Moline Manufacturing if they can be persuaded to do a restoration job but they haven't replied. Does anyone know of a firm that can do restoration for this machine? We even contacted Rick's Restorations (the one on TV) but they said they weren't interested.
    10. Patton Patton, 8 years ago
      I would like to talk to someone who owns one of these to puchase one, either working or for parts. Please contact me at
    11. DCAmemorabilia, 7 years ago
      This is Walt Pittack from Moline Machinery and former employee of DCA (Doughnut Corp. of America). I have been contacted many times in regards to restoration of the old DCA Lincoln machines. There were many models & variation of this machine over it's long history of production. Moline was lucky enough to have a machine donated to us for an internal restoration project. We currently use the Lincoln machine for display and show purposes. Moline's policy does not allow me to give out information pertaining to old obsolete DCA equipment. Sorry! They are fascinating machines!
    12. Bmac, 7 years ago
      My parents have the Doughnut Corp of America Doughnut Robot, Model D8. It was an amazing machine when we were growing up.
    13. kdegru, 6 years ago
      I used to get the best donuts at William's donut shop in Ocean Beach Unit 2 at the NJ shore back in the mid 1960's. I was a kid who was fascinated by machinery and electrical things of all types and that donut machine really captured my fancy. I could have sworn that there was a maker's plate I could read on that machine that said Pillsbury but to date I have not been able to find any info or history on Pillsbury donut machines? Any one able to shead any light on this?

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