WATLING 400 DELUXE FORTUNE TELLING SCALE
More info will follow
As you can see this is an ambitious project. The scale was stored
in a shed for some 20 years.
I obtained the scale for very little money but it will be a
challenge and need some parts to bring it back to life, not to mention
a lot of labor. But isn't that the fun in it?
Here are some photos showing it's condition when purchased. (Some 65
after it was built- thanks Bill Berning for that info.!)
Here are some showing the start of it's rejuvenated life.
Here the head
porcelain has been polished, the areas of rust removed.
Here is the top mirror frame
The interior rust has been
removed the metal treated and painted
happy with this- spots in surface
First coats of paint
Here, the original color scheme has been restored to the front mirror
door and cabinet front.
A new mirror has been obtained to replace the missing mirror that goes
into this door frame (1/4" mirror).
The original mirror backing has been ordered along with the clips and
screws to hold
it in place.
Here, the scale is beginning to be re-assembled.
New fortune tape, from Bill & Jan Berning
Note: That trip arm protruding from the back of the fortune mech. is
used to open the "Your Answer Here" Window.
On mine the spring on that arm was too weak to allow for the answer
return arm to trip it, so a new spring was installed..
Here it is again as found and purchased on the left, restored on the
I'll get some better shots of this when it's moved out of the garage
This has a temp.decal
I made on the mirror
Since I haven't located
the correct mirror
This restoration would not have been possible without parts supplied by
Bill & Jan Berning of Genoa, IL.
They are the main source for parts on
, many are original NOS Watling
Click the above link to reach their site, tell Bill- Steve sent you.
Bill can also supply, if available, the history of your particular
scale, since he has the Watling Co. records.
Another guy that has been a great help on this project is Jeff
Storck at http://www.pennyscaleparts.com
This label was found under discolored cracked glass on the back door,
it sheds some light on this scales first 65 years.
(It's now been returned under new glass to the place it was located for
more than 50 years)
Here is a bit of history on the Frank Pell Amusement Co.
This is an article that appeared in a trade journal March 9, 1968
Click on the article image above for a clearer text version.
Here is a photo of a Florida Drug store with a Watling scale in front.
Photo by Ernie W. Skog 1952
BTW that is a Bally 1952 "Champion" horse ride to the left, a
very popular kiddie ride of the 50's
Here is another scale on the west coast at a famous pharmacy
I am still looking for a NOS top Mirror for this project.
Here is an example of what it looks like in the frame.
If you have one contact me.
Some 1950's advertisements
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