—Antique Slot Machine
Steve Stremmel Antique Slot Machine Collection
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Steve Stremmel has generously loaned pieces from his collection of antique slot machines. His son Parker cannot remember a time when his father’s passion for collecting slot machines wasn’t a part of everyday life, “There was even a slot machine in our front room,” recalls Parker. “It was an ornate beauty.” The old slot machines represent the underlying craftsmanship and character of design found in many gaming devices and paraphernalia of the gaming world of yesteryear. Over the years, mass production, the realities of the marketplace, and new technologies have led to a new generation of very different gaming items—and many would say to a diminishment of artistry and beauty. Stremmel’s commitment to the preservation of irreplaceable and unique slot machines allows us to understand the evolution of the aesthetics of the gaming environment, past to present. Stremmel is the proprietor and auctioneer of Stremmel Auctions which allows him to keep constant company with the items of Western history that he loves.