FORTUNE TELLER MACHINES
A fortune teller machine is a type of amusement, which upon receiving credit gives out a card with a prediction of the reader's future. Fortune Teller Machines are a rare artifact surviving from the era of penny arcade, boardwalk and amusement parks.
Listed are a few of the notable varieties:
is a richly attired fortune teller in gypsy style. The electric version was manufactured around 1905 by the Roover Brothers.
Grandmothers Predictions (Cleveland Grandma)
William Gent Mfg, c. 1929 - The wise old grandmother passes her hands over the fortune telling cards and stops at the proper fortune. The card falls into the tray below.
Doraldina Corp, c. 1928 - Her youth and beauty attract the arcade customer. The machine's lifelike movements when granting fortunes make the process appear to be alive.
Geneco Gypsy Grandma Fortune Teller
Geneco Mfg., New York. NY c. 1940s-1950s - The central attraction of the original boardwalk and arcades was the "Gypsy Grandma" that comes to life after depositing a coin into a slot. Once a selection is made using a rotary dial that illuminates the player's astrological sign of choice, the animated gypsy fortune teller moves her head above a lighted crystal ball while holding a fan of playing cards in her right hand and magic wand in her left hand. Featured sophisticated movements (nods, turns her head, breathes). Her right hand picks-up a fortune card from the enclosure that she opens with her left hand. She brings the card in front of her, turns her head, and then moves the card over the cauldron and drops it (which delivers the card to the patron).
Mike Munves Grandma's Prophesies Grandma Predicts Fortune Tellers.
Mike Munves Corp., New York, c. 1930s - One hand moves over the cards while the hand moves over the crystal ball, head turns from side to side, eyes move, and the chest "breathes", crystal ball glows as the machine dispenses a fortune card.
Mike Munves Deco “Ask Grandma” Fortune Teller.
Mike Munves Corp., New York, - Ask Grandma Fortune Teller, Deco. Full size Grandma, life size with human movements (chest, both hands, eyes, head). The crystal ball glows once coin is inserted. She will scan the cards for a peek into your future, and then a fortune card will drop for the patron.
Estrella's Prophecies Fortune Teller.
a Coin-Op Gypsy-style Fortune Teller Machine. A full size enclosed figure in elaborate oak cabinet. Her head moves from side to side, hand moves across the cards, while her left hand raises and then she slowly dispenses a fortune card through the ornate card slot.
Zoltan Fortune Teller.
Deposit 25 cent coin, put receiver in your ear, press one of twelve zodiac sign button on the front of the machine(corresponds to the 12 signs of the zodiac). The crystal ball is lit by an eerie, red mystic light when Zoltan predicts fortune. Offers 1 to 12 Zoltan`s fortunes in a heavily Hungarian accent. Zoltan usually begins his fortune telling with "This is Zoltan speaking" or "Greetings from Zoltan". The predictions, which last around one minute, include things about your future, lucky numbers, and favorable colors.