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Erik the robot

Started by Figleaf, January 14, 2023, 11:58:52 PM

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Figleaf

Erik the robot dispensed a token to paying customers (I can read "I Will speak your weight to you and deliver a lucky charm"  on belly level with a coin slot above) in Southend in 1936.

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He is also seen briefly in an arcade in the 1937 film "Storm in a Teacup", where he proclaims Rex Harrison's weight to be 11 St., 6 Lbs and 4 Oz (around 72.5 kilograms, close to a known weight of 160 pounds.)

Peter

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An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

eurocoin

#1
The fragment in which the robot is shown between 48:19 and 48:58:
It is believed that the robot was not actually a scale, so that that part is not real.



brandm24

Made my day with this one.  :perfect:

Bruce
Always Faithful

Figleaf

Thank you, gentlemen. Glad to have found people who enjoy this sort of thing. That's the second time in a week I can link a token to a British film star! This shows clearly how the "value" of a numismatic item is emotional and not its price.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

brandm24

Quote from: Figleaf on January 15, 2023, 04:12:39 PMThank you, gentlemen. Glad to have found people who enjoy this sort of thing. That's the second time in a week I can link a token to a British film star! This shows clearly how the "value" of a numismatic item is emotional and not its price.

Peter
My approach to numismatics too. I never thought much about the monetary value of my collection. It was always about the history of each piece and what it represented.

Bruce
Always Faithful

eurocoin

#5
The sentence appears to be: "Will speak to you and deliver a lucky charm", with 'Insert 1D' above it. As for the company Original Machine Manufacturers, according to some online sources it was led by John and Bernard Brenner. A few of the other machines, including a robot are listed here. In general I was unable to find any contemporary information about the company, the people who led it, and the robot though.

Figleaf

Quote from: eurocoin on January 15, 2023, 09:13:55 PM"Will speak to you and deliver a lucky charm"

Agreed. Thank you.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

FosseWay

Here is another token dispensed by Erik, showing a wishbone. While investigating this one, I found a third on Token Catalog, showing an owl.

africancoins

For these tokens, I have seen (at least images) of the following obverses:- ship, horseshoe, four-leaf clover (looks like eight leaves), owl, wishbone and also, only seen offered once as yet, an elephant & castle design.

I would not read much into what http://tokencatalog.com/ says about pricing of these. Yes they are scarce but demand is relatively low. Bidding closed at 5.50 Pounds (plus usual costs) for a ship, is all I could find on closed bids on Ebay at present.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

Figleaf

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.