In the early 1920's Rudolph Gatter (Bromberg Line) opened a factory on Lawrence Street where he manufactured coin operated amusement park machines. In 1923 Richard Gatter quit his job at the Frankford Arsenal and went into business with Rudolph. The company was called Gatter Novelty Co. and was very profitable. In addition to selling pinball machines to amusement parks through out the country, such as Willow Grove Park and Coney Island, Gatter Novelty had three game arcades of its own on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. Unfortunately, with the stock market crash of 1929 and the Depression, the business went into bankruptcy (information provided by Julia Hirsch).

Gatter Novelty machines are still very popular among collectors and easily fetch prices of $ 3000 and above.









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