Antique Slot Machine Sales & Repair

Antique Mills Slot Machines

Antique Slot Machine Sales & Repair Mills Slot Machine Company was founded in 1891 by Mortimer Birdsul Mills, in Chicago and sold his patented, coin-operated, cigar vending machines.

Soon after, Mr. Mills successfully expanded his business with another innovative machine called the Owl in 1897. This machine was one of the first mechanical, upright arcade game of its kind. Mills soon produced thirteen other coin-operated game machines, as well as various other vending machinesthat were so successful, they were given their own division in the company and was known as the "Bell-O-Matic Corporation."

A German immigrant and car mechanic, Charles Fey had developed the first mechanical modern slot machine in 1895 and collaborated with Mills. The company designed its own version of Fey's slot machine called the Mills Liberty Bell which had a cast-iron casing and three cylinder reel design with Poker symbols and Liberty Bells on them. This also featured a ringing bell to indicate a winning combination. Gaining Fey's design allowed the Mills Novelty Company to essentially dominate the slot machine world for more than six decades.

Today, the Mills Novelty Company  no longer produces Mills slot machines but it has left a wonderful legacy of antique machines and is still one of the most collectible slot machine brands in the world.

Slot machines include a currency detector that validates the coin or money inserted to play. The machine pays off based on patterns of symbols visible on the front of the machine when it stops. Modern computer technology has resulted in many variations on the slot machine concept. Slot machines are the most popular gambling method in casinos and constitute about 70 percent of the average casinos income. It is estimated that thirty percent or more of the profits from gambling machines come from problem gamblers.