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H. H. Johnson

c. 1930s, 16". This bulk vendor is made of aluminum. It's listed as 'rare,' and I've seen only one other example in person, and that was at the Stan Harris auction in 1995. That one had the slide coin insert on the right side, as does the example pictured in Silent Salesmen Too. It's possible those were the same machine.

However, Silent Salesmen Too implies that at least several exist, some with "H. H. Johnson" embossed on the bottom (which the one pictured above doesn't have). I know very little about this model beyond that. This locks via a reverse-threaded nut as do Bluebirds, so I doubt it was left outside much.

This example is 100% original except maybe---just maybe---the globe. Relative to the machine's base, the globe's corners are more rounded and therefore less form-fitting than I'd have expected. I'm being very picky here; it could be 100% correct but I've always wondered. Regardless, it fits well and is old glass.

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