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Inventors Slot Machines
By Mary Bellis

The first mechanical slot machine was the Liberty Bell, invented in 1895 by Charles Fey, a San Francisco car mechanic. Fey's slot machine had three spinning reels, with diamonds, spades, hearts and one cracked Liberty Bell painted around each reel. Three bells in a row produced the biggest payoff, a grand total of fifty cents or ten nickels. The original Liberty Bell slot machine can be found at the Liberty Belle Saloon & Restaurant on 4250 S. Virginia, Reno Nevada. Source "Mark Pilarski's Gambling Column"

A "fruit machine" is the British term for a Slot Machine, or "one-armed bandit."

According to "Legal Slots": The term slot machines was originally used for automatic vending machines as well as for the gambling devices, but in the 20th century the term became restricted to the latter. Charles Fey's slot machines were a huge success, and he couldn't build them fast enough in his small shop. Many larger gambling supply manufacturers tried to buy the manufacturing and distribution rights, but Fey refused. However, in 1907, Herbert Stephen Mills, a Chicago manufacturer of arcade-like machines, began production of a machine very similar the Fey's Liberty Bell. The Machine Mills produced was called the Operator Bell."

Slot Machines and Video Poker
Pioneer slot manufacturer, inventor and operator, Charles August Fey was an intimate participant in the first half-century of the industry.

Slots History
An enterprising American, Charles Fey began inventing and manufacturing slot machines in 1894 from his workshop in San Francisco.

History of Slot Machines
Charles Fey invented the first slot machine in 1895. In 1907, Fey teamed up with the Mills Novelty Company and then manufactured the Mills Liberty Bell.

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