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"Gem" Cigarette Trade Stimulator

Trade stimulators were essentially countertop gambling devices that "paid off" in cigarettes. They were developed by manufacturers to encourage store patrons to take a chance and then be rewarded with their product. This was a direct and inexpensive way to get cigarette smokers to switch brands. The brands on the wheel included Lucky Strike, Fatima, Camel, and Old Gold. Judging by the brands in this "Gem" machine we estimate that it was in use in the 1930's. This device is not in working order. Since it is a very simple mechanical device it could easily be restored to working condition. There is no back plate. The machine measures 12" tall x 8" wide x 8" depth. (Stock number 003Gem) $350.00

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