Coin-op History for just £25 – on a flashdrive


Freddy Bailey  is  making available yearly copies of  CoinSlot from 1966 through 1999. Each year will be transferred to a flash drive that can easily be plugged into a computer and downloaded into files. These copies will be available exclusively through Coin-op Community at a bargain price of  £25.00  per year of each Coin Slot publications.

“One of the major factors in releasing these files at this time was the announcement of the death of Jimmy Jones of Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach who appeared along with Michael Green in the very first copy of coin slot in January 1966,” says Freddy Bailey. “Jimmy was a lifelong friend mine, whose family first settled down at the Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach as a tenant of Botton Brothers who took over the Pleasure Beach in the early 1950’s from the late John Collins. Michael Green who paid such a moving tribute to Jimmy Jones last week in Coin-op Community is also a lifelong friend of  mine as well and has contributed much towards my research over the last several years”.  

Because of the vast size of his collection gathered over the last 30 odd years, it has been virtually impossible to create Freddy’s collection in CD form. Freddy who is celebrating is 70th, birthday this week and with more than 60 years in the coin machine industry in his own right, and several years prior to that with his late  father, British traveling showman David Bailey who also converted and operating coin-operated machine while operating amusement arcades in the East Anglia area of the U.K. 

(Freddy also claims that Freddy’s  late father David Bailey created the first pusher type machine in 1960 while operating his amusement arcade at the  ‘Lacon’s Arms‘ at Hemsby in Norfolk, and who gave the idea to Arthur Bates then president of the Showman’s Guild of Great Britain and a partner in the company of “Crompton & Bates” who were operating one of the very first what is now known as “center machines” in David Bailey’s arcade that machine was called “The Film Stars”,   in those days this machine was only available on a  50/50 sharing basis, as most people know it was the Crompton name that has become synonymous with pusher machines for the past 50 years). 

Now Freddy has decided that in some way this history must be handed down to other and younger coin machine historians who have the desire to keep the memories of such a glorious industry alive and remembered.  Readers may not know that the University of  Sheffield hold the largest collection of Fairground memorabilia in the World, but there is no recorded history or museum dedicated to the British Coin Machine as we know it, although several attempts have been made in the past, none have been carried out by anyone that has lived it as Freddy Bailey has on a daily basis for more than 60 years.

Contact Steph for more details

Comments (4)

Add Your Comment

Please let me have information on when and how to get Freddy Bailies Coin Slot history. Many thanks. Keep up the good work.

Peter Bracewell
29/04/2012, 22:11

Hi Peter – thanks for your comments. Please let me know what year or years you would like and I will get them sent over to you. They cost £25 for each year.

kind regards – Steph

30/04/2012, 06:40

Do we have any more information on when these will be available and where to send payment? I can’t wait to be able to purchase digital copies of the old Coin Slot issues at long last!

Many thanks.

Jacqueline Meekins
09/07/2012, 16:02

does anyone know if there are any 1960s calibre autorecording booths still in existance

phil bell
04/07/2013, 19:15

Add Your Comment

* Required field. All comments are reviewed before appearing.

Get our newsletter