Late December 2007, some friends i met on an arcade forum (I
refer to them as imaginary internet friends) and myself met for real
Sydney, Australia. As well as spending time drinking drinking and
playing MAME on the hosts awesome cab we went
on a little day trip to the Blue
Mountains . Which was cool, especially the train ride down the side of a cliff! But even
cooler for a bunch of guys (and gal) who've gotten together for the
love of arcade machines is the redemtion machine we discovered in
the cable car station thingo.
A placard on the machine tells us it was manufactured in France by
Bonzin & Sopransi in 1936. And it still works! Inserting 20c
gets it started. the crane is positioned over a rotating tray of
sweets. there are two controls, which are cast metal turn wheels.
The left one rotates the table to get the most favourable position
for the crane. The right one moves the crane backwards and forwards.
A timer kicks in to let the crane lower its 3 jawed scoop, raise it
and then take it to the center of the sweet tray. it then drops the
sweets (if you picked up any). Of course with my consummate skill i
was the only one in the group NOT to pick up any sweets :(
Now with covid 19 written at the bottom of this here page!