Stainless steel, removable drip tray. SEE OUR "RUBBERMAID" GYPSY . . . learn what your " future holds, could be a free gift! She's located near the elevators. Mrs. Hazel Reik will demonstrate this rotisserie . . . sample some roast, taste the "barbecue" flavor! Small Appliances, Sixth Floor, also Tri-County and Western
The Genco Gypsy
Grandma fortune teller is considered to be
one of the most intricate animated fortune tellers ever produced.
It is based on an earlier turn of the century (patented 1896) Roover Brothers fortune teller which was not electrified it required the patron
to pull a large handle on the right side, it had 7 movements versus the 8 that the Genco Gypsy Grandma has.
Here is the character patent drawing from 1896:
There is a
‘Microphone’ (looks only) on the upper left glass
area. A patron is suppose to ask Grandma a question that requires a Yes
they can also just think it!. A dime is then inserted and Grandma wakes up. As it starts Grandma appears to start breathing her chest moving in and out.
Her head moves and her hand moves. Her left hand moves over to a drawer in a cabinet located on that side, and opens it.
Now with her right hand she reaches over and carefully actually selects a fortune card, gently grabbing it from the now open drawer.
Then Grandma brings the card over to a black caldron on the floor in front of her and drops it in! There it falls through the caldron and arrives in a chute in the cabinet front door for the patron to take! Though that wasn’t enough Grandma now blows a kiss and goes to sleep waiting for the next question. This animatronic like / automaton figure is wonderful and considering it’s based on a turn of the century design it’s amazing, This particular Genco was altered and used to enhance Rubbermaid sales at retailers and industry shows. The plan is to restore it back to when it left the factory in 1957 or at least as close as possible---stay tuned.