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Known as trade stimulators, these dispensers were once popular alternatives to gambling. They offered prizes in the form of cigars, stamps, or chewing gum rather than money. This trade stimulator dates from 1902 and was produced by the Overton Manufacturing and Engineering Company of Topeka. E.L. Overton worked with Charles Eagle (the largest cigar manufacturer in Topeka) to create this wooden nickel slot machine offering a chance to win Eagle cigars. A patron inserted a coin and cranked a handle to set into motion an internal roulette wheel. When the machine stopped, the patron read his winnings on the dial; these were dispensed by the store clerk.

Creator: Overton Manufacturing and Engineering Company
Date: 1902

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Item Number: 209934
KSHS Identifier: 1963.107.1

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