Thursday, November 30, 2006

Illustration Friday ~ INVENTION


The first mechanical slot machine was the Liberty Bell, invented in 1895 by Charles Fey, a San Francisco car mechanic. Fey's slot machine had three spinning reels, with diamonds, spades, hearts and one cracked Liberty Bell painted around each reel. Three bells in a row produced the biggest payoff, a grand total of fifty cents or ten nickels. The original Liberty Bell slot machine can be found at the Liberty Belle Saloon & Restaurant on 4250 S. Virginia, Reno Nevada. Source "Mark Pilarski's Gambling Column"

Adobe Illustrator. Information from inventors.about.com

21 comments:

Theresa S. said...

Neat! I reaolly love this weeks IF topic. I've learned so many new things about so many different inventions. Yours is def one of my favorites!

Cheers,
Theresa

Michelle Lana said...

ooooh, i love slots! I am also a gamblerholic....Great illo! Great work, Amy!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

I like your illustration about a wonderful invention to bring gambling to the masses! Yea progress! Gambling is the "idiot tax"! It's the stupidity tax for people who are bad at math!

michael dailey said...

lol yeh the ones who are good at math they dont let play. nice illo and info

HARDWAX said...

Humble beginnings for a machine that has brought so much pleasure, and pain to so many people, thanks for the history as well.
To did a wonderful job with the rendering of this marvel!

IdiotHead said...

Very Nice! I especially like the dollar sign border. Nice info.

Jeannette said...

Cool! I love slots! Luckily I dont head off to casinos very often.

<3jeannette
www.jimmyjanesays.com

Geninne said...

Cool! You haven't missed a single IF entry :-)
Great illo, love how you create things in the computer...I still can't draw on my Mac :-(

John Coulter said...

excellent!

http://johncoulter.blogspot.com/2006/11/illustration-friday-invention-popsicle.html

mrs. b. said...

wonderful illustration and i love that retro blue! perfect!!

hartini said...

Nice slot machine!!! :) Just need a luck machine to go with the slot machine for me coz I'm so bad when it comes to gambling... :D

steve said...

Very cool Amy! This reminds me of the time I won fifrty bucks in nickles at a slot machine in West Virginia!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

I'm back. Thanks for your comment. I hope my "idiot tax" comment was not offensive.

I'm totally stoked about seeing "For Your Consideration". I'll for sure see it this week. I watch all the Guest flicks regularly. One of my most favorite scenes is when Guest dances with his muse!!! I laugh myself off the couch everytime. And of course, I have "My Dinner With Andre" action figures!

Kind regards! Scott

frank h said...

VERY good!
this piece has a lot of icon, logo, poster... art deco
I like it!

Alina Chau said...

lovely design!

aynaku said...

i like the way you make use of illustrator! interesting post and info...

Todd Harris said...

great job on this blog. this is my first visit and it is fun. great illustrations.

julie said...

terrific idea and illustration

Bron Smith said...

I was studying your "invention" piece and wondered if it was done in Illustrator. I can tell if it's a vector line or not. A very nice piece, Amy.

Twisselman said...

Used to live in Nevada... no state income tax, largely due to the income from the gambling. Great illustration! Been awhile since I've checked in on folks and IF... Really like your 'clear' illustration, too.

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