UDC: a true family business

21/06/2011

At the Park Avenue Open Day Derek Horwood showed us some wonderful old pictures from his father’s days in the industry. We would like us to thank him for sharing them with us. Please note that you will need to click on the images to see them in full.

“The picture of “Chicago Automatics” was taken at the Amusement Trades Exhibition held at the Royal Horticultural Society’s hall in Horseferry Rd. Victoria SW1, The picture appears to have been taken about 1959. Those people shown are my late father Ralph Horwitz,together with Miss Alice Flannery his secretary,and Miss Barbara Wilkins who was the account supervisor.

The other picture shows my father together with some Bally slots, re-manufactured by Tabone Automatics which was at that time was working from premises in Southall; it appears to have been taken about 1974.”

copyright Derek Horwood © 2011

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As a young teenager (not sure what age) I was taken to the Horticultural Hall by my Father Arthur Jamieson who was exhbiting there alongside his then Distributor Kraft Automatics. Can anyone let me know what years the show was held at the Horticultural Hall and when it moved to Alexandra Palace. I also belive it was the ATA (amusement Trades association) show. Is this correct. Thanks Ian Jamieson.

Ian Jamieson
Radical Shock Ltd
22/06/2011, 12:47

Hi Ian,
I know that the the show at the Royal Horticultual Hall started is the late 1930′s, it moved to Alexandra Palace I think it was 1961-3. I know your father first exhibited at the show in 1970, according in Coin Slot when your father Arthur Jameson was celebrating his 25th year in the business, I think you were about 19 at the time, I know that Jameson Automatics was incorporated in 1976, your father built his new factory in 1962. I honestly believe the your father was the forrunner of multi slot wall machines. Also his Rotolite was a must in every arcade during the early 1960′s.

I think your first show in another country was in Vienna in 1970, I know you also did well in Scandinavia, I think it was your designer Lawrence Binns who designed several of your successful upright games all those years ago.

It is good to hear from a man who’s family are an important part of the British Coin Machine History.

Best Wishes to you.

Freddy Bailey
The Official British Coin Machine Historian.

Freddy Bailey
U.S.A.
23/06/2011, 02:47

Thanks very much Mr Bailey,particularly the comment about Jamiesons having been an important part of the industry. This helps me fill in some more areas of my Father’s, and in this case also my own, history/memories of the “early days”,known by others as the “Halcyon Days”.As I was born in 1946 I reckon I attended the Horticultural hall exhibitions aroung 1957/9 with my Father travelling on the train from Woking , where he was born, to London each day. You appear to have some archive on my Father’s early machines which I also have. Maybe we can keep in touch. My Father died in 1987 aged 72 with Lawry Binns his partner some years later. Jamieson Automatics closed in November 1979 and I have been connected with the Amusement Industry ever since but not having my Father’s flair or ability to build machines I have stuck to selling other companies products.
Many thanks again. Ian Jamieson

Ian Jamieson
Radical Shock
24/06/2011, 12:17

Hi Ian,
If you send me an e-mail adress I will send you some more information on the Jamieson era in the industry. I can be reached at anglobritish@aol.com. I am still making machines, but I now reside in the U.S. Please stay in touch, I have the latgest database on coin machines in the world, I would love to have pictures of your Rotolite and Rotofruit machines that were so popular in the 1960′s in my Fathers arcades on the east coast.

Best Wishes to you.

Freddy Bailey-President
Game World (Manufacturing) LLC

Freddy Bailey
U.S.A.
30/06/2011, 00:32

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