THE LEO CANDA CO., MODEL MAKERS AND MANUFACTURERS. "WE RENT, REPAIR, EXCHANGE AND SELL EVERYTHING IN THE LINE OF SLOT MACHINES." [caption title]
1899 · Cincinnati, OH
Cincinnati, OH: Leo Canda Company, 1899. Price list, order blank [dated 1899], information sheet, and three folding illustrated circulars advertising the various slot machines available from the company. Six items, plus an accompanying mailing envelope, all in very nice condition. One of the circulars, 16 x 6 in., describes "The Quintette" Card Machine, its weight, size and price. "On this machine five games are played with one nickel." The verso is a full-page illustration of the machine, done by "Weisbrodt, Cin., O." [presumably H.W. Weisbrodt Co., Engravers.], a wonderful visual record. The other two folding circulars each have several panels of illustrations of slot machines, including "The Puck," "The Turtle," "The Shuffler," "The Judge," "The Little Egypt," and "The Improved Roulette," etc. Also depicted is "The Autoscope," a coin-operated machine designed to show stereoscopic views, and "The Electra," a machine to be used for "the treatment of rheumatism, nervousness, etc. by electricity." Mechanical slot machines were invented in the 1890s, with both the Brooklyn company of Sittman and Pitt, and the German immigrant Charles Augustus Fey in San Francisco being given credit for them. Fey devised an automatic pay-out system for the machines he built and began manufacturing in the mid-1890s in California.
By 1897, the Cincinnati City Directory listed the firm of Leo Canda Company as "Model Makers, Manufacturers of Slot Machines, Tailors' Supplies, and Novelties." Their slot machines were available in iron or wooden cabinets, in free-standing 5 or 6 foot models, or counter top sizes, automatic 5-slots, or electric 5-slots, etc. and were being distributed as money makers for businesses. Often the winning card hand netted the player a free cigar.
In a testament to how quickly the slot machine business had grown, one of the flyers accompanying this material notes that the Canda Company already had "an accumulation of about seven hundred machines of different descriptions, which we will close out at bargain prices. These machines are partly shop worn, partly second-hand...[which] we are selling...either because they are old style or not of our own manufacture...." The production of slot machines proved to be highly lucrative and Leo Canda became a wealthy man.
No listings found for this company on OCLC. We have been unable to locate other manufacturing catalogues for slot machines in the 1890s. (Inventory #: 62086)