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The Penny Arcade

 The Coin Operated Machine Information Site 



                                The Bryans Collection




                                                                  Bryans Auto Works 1935


                                                                                                                                                                                William Edward Bryan

                                                    On the front of every Bryans catalouge or flyer it said
                                                                     BRYANS AUTOMATIC MACHINES 

                                                                             “They are so Different"

And different they were, each machine had its own unique shape that made it stand out from other makes, Bryans games were new and entertaining for their day, also the heart of the machines were built to an exacting standard, only to be expected from an engineer and inventor with Rolls Royce training.   His machines have become highly sort after by private collectors,
              This page will give you a glimpse into the world of Bryans Automatic Machines.












                                                         Bryans Clocks







                                                                                   Tick-Tock                                                    Hidden Treasure
                                                   Bryans Pendulum Games


                                                  All Sport                                                                               Ballsport (Rare)





                                                                                        Double Top

                                                Bryans two player games








                                            Bryans exhibition stand 1930






                                                         Allsquare cranes                                          Walden goliath                                     

                                                                                                         Crane from the 1960's

                            Some of the cranes Bryans made over the years



                                                                                                                                                    A selection of bryans allwin types & cabinets









                                   Bryans Solo Ride

                                                                  A  kiddie ride with 3 selectable actions










                     The Three Bryans Magic Machines








  One of the strangest and surely the most outrageous rip off in slot machine history was this Bryans machine from 1936. Nothing on the description board was untrue, they were going about their work and their play and they were nude,what it didn't say was it was a colony of live ANTS!  The name was soon changed to "a live peep show" probably because operators were getting complaints from punters, but this didn't seem to help because it was soon changed again to "The Ant viewer" which rather spoilt the joke. The instruction sheet that came with the machine(see below) makes interesting reading. The truly amazing thing about it is,who first thought of this idea and that it actually did work. A certain kind of ant was supplied by Bryans. The ant nest was pretty much self cleaning and only feeding every month was needed





    A Selection of Bryans More Unusual Shaped Machines