I'm a sucker for art deco---what can I say? This is the second one of these I've had. The first had been buffed to a mirror-like finish before I bought it, and it had a repro decal, but it was a great-looking example of the Magna and I regretted selling it shortly after I did. So I decided to look for another, but one that was unbuffed and had an original decal. Five years later I found this one in the parking lot of the Chicagoland show. I didn't know it'd take so long, but almost all Magna's have been polished, have no decal or a repro decal, or both. This is one of the few machines that I think looks great buffed, and even the repro decal doesn't bother me, but all-original is always better if you can find it.
These aren't real uncommon, although I'd bet that your next door neighbor doesn't have one. When I first started collecting I saw these at shows and was enamored with them because of the overall look and (especially) the multifaceted globe. But the price was too steep---they were selling for about $325 to $350 and I thought that was too much to spend on just one machine when I could buy 2 or 3 other types of machine for the same money. I waited several years before my machine budget increased to the point that I felt comfortable spending that much money on a single machine.
This example is 100% original, with a MAGNA VENDER decal that's 95% intact. The top decal---DON'T USE WHITE PENNIES---was an unexpected bonus that I don't recall ever seeing before.
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