When Space Invaders was first released in Japan in 1978, it caused a shortage of coins that was only abated when the yen supply was quadrupled. Dang, that's a popular video game. Now, you can have an arcade-style version that's a little easier to move around than a 350 lb stand-up arcade console.
Featuring an arcade-style joystick, authentic arcade sounds and graphics as well as a boss key (mute button) and a pause button, the Space Invaders Desktop Arcade is the best addition to your desk since you taped up that really funny Dilbert on your computer monitor.
You are looking at a 1920's '' mid 20's '' I think, mechanical arcade game, where these where at sea side fun parlours, piers, and amusement parks. The case is typical mid 20's, as I collect / restore old gramophones and valve radios. Rexonla , a gramophone company had their cases made in Sydney , where to my opinion is typical of their cabinet. The machine , operates, similiar to the gramophone motor , being spring driven , and for amusement , has been goverened, where another coin has to be deposited. Which is a Three Pence , just for your info. The Threepence back then was Stirling silver , and the collection tin , takes a area space up of basically , a typical house brick. With the price of silver today , just imagine a House brick weight , being Sterling Silver, and the value today. The cabinet as you can see ,is green , and there are a lot more colours under the green. I have asked the question, where back in the 20's , Shellac was mainly used for cabinets, but however, being in fun parlours , piers , side shows , colour was always brighter. I found this machine , where just the metal work , 15 hours was spent just on buffing , the motor worked , but need cleaning , and relubeing. The crank handle , had a cutch type spring , and was badly rusted and sezied , where it was pulled apart, rust removed , reoiled , and refitted. The motor is very basic , with the mechanics as well. The machine is very set up for commercial use , as the parts , service window , large colection tin " Threepance's " brass protection strips around the cabinet , painted cabinet , instead of Shellac , where the owner could just simply paint over any Graffite, than getting the cabinet sanded , then another coat of Shellac. The Black and white photos , seem to be original , where the previous owner , it appears hasnt been anything done to it for quite somtime. any way , thanks for looking, and If you have any knowledge , re what you have seen , I would like to hear from you. Cheers Pete , Australia