This is a slot machine type trade stimulator from around 1936-37 made by the Groetchen Tool & Mfg. Co in Chicago. These gambling machines were designed to sit on the counter tops at cigar stores to give the patrons a chance on winning a pack of cigarettes. The customer could play the machine by inserting a coin and pulling the handle. Pennies, dimes, or nickels can be played and the last coin played is visible in a small window at the left side. If they would line up three of a kind on the reels than the proprietor would pay out the award in cigarette packs. The three reels have pictures of 7 different brands of cigarettes.
This vintage machine is in all original condition with the exception of a new lock and back door. The mechanism has been disassembled, cleaned and lubricated, The reels strips are the original 1940's strips and are still in very nice condition. The machine has been repainted, it is in excellent cosmetic and working condition. One gumball can be dispensed for each coin played.
Size is about 10” tall, 9” wide, and 10” deep. Weight is about 14 lbs.