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Unique Catalogue reference number

Accession list letter and number

Status of this record and
date of last change of status

Instrument name

Manufacturer

Model

Date and 
place of manufacture

Intended for use in

Original Power source

Power source now

Instrument status

Short description

Technology used

Media played

Owner

Rarity (guess at working examples worldwide)

Date acquired

How acquired

Current location in Museum

Nickelodeon

20

M

55

Draft

2024-04-23

Nickelodeon

Mills Novelty Company

Race Horse Gambling Piano

1920s

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Café, Ice Cream parlour, pub

110v dc 60 cps

240v ac 50cps

Playable and frequently demonstrated on tours

This is a 65 note coin-operated player piano, with 6 numbered horses on continuous belts, which race across the track set at the top of the cabinet. Each race has a different winner.

Electrically-read paper roll controlling motors and solenoids.

Proprietory paper rolls, typically with five tunes.

Musical Museum

1962

Frank Holland found this instrument under a pile of junk in 1962

Gallery 2

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