Posted 12 years ago
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.
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.
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.