Mills Liberty Bell

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Some Historical Facts

  • The very first machine of slots was an 1895 invention made by a man called Charles Fey.
  • The demand for this machine grew in no time, so Fey joined the company of Mills Novelty. By 1907, the famous Liberty Bell of Mills was released. The machine had a case made out of cast iron and a cast of the liberty bell also existed on the machine. Originally, this machine even had feet of cast iron and it was later moved to having feet with beautiful scrolls.
  • On the three machine reels, there were classic card symbols (clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds). Whenever you got the jackpot, the bell would let out a ringing sound. This practice has ended since then, but is being revived in today's slots where bells announce the winner!
  • The company of Mills Novelty eventually introduced a better machine version in 1910 known as Operator Bells, which featured today's well-known fruit symbols. This machine came with the goose necks that had coin slots. The classic Liberty Bell, along with its successors was very heavy and weighed at least 100 pounds. More than 30 000 of them were made.
  • As time went by, these heavy machines vanished and by 1915, the company of Mills Novelty made machines inside wooden cabinets. The progress didn't end there, either, and improvements just kept going on.
  • Naturally, because the mechanical insides were noisy, the company of Mills Novelty concentrated on making quieter machines and by 1930, they were called Silent Bells. Newer, more innovative payouts also came out, including double jackpots. In early 1930, themed designs of cabinets were also introduced. The War Eagle, Lion Head, Castle Front, and Roman Head designs also came out around this time when they also chose to leave the goosenecks out. Instead, the coins could be seen moving in rows within the machine. Aside from looking good visually, they also allowed for management since real coins could be seen instead of slugs.
  • Slot machines entered hotels after Bugsy Siegel put some in his Las Vegas hotel in 1940. Originally, there were installed to entertain the ladies.
  • Slot machine revenue soon matched table games. Then, by 1990, they took over the popular table games and became most of the revenue of casinos.