MOSS SKILL CRANES were popular at fairs and celebrations across America from 1946 to the late-1970s, and were featured at the Minnesota State Fair for over 40 years. (See the Moss story below)
This wonderful example has a virtually new mechanism installed and carries a 100% guarantee on parts and labor for life. It can be played in any environment – home game room, collection, or commercial location – with dependability.
This is a real, full size, carnival digger and will ship in a special crate by a premium common carrier at a low flat rate.
Some pictures show the window dressed with vintage merchandise to illustrate how these Moss Skill Cranes looked years ago in operation. The items can not be included with the sale, but are available.
The special shipping crate is included and you will receive a tracking number, a link to the tracking site, and an information sheet for how to unpack, set-up, and operate the digger on arrival
This is not a project machine, or an eBay nightmare. There is only one and It is ready to display and play with pride and confidence. Thank you for your consideration.
Flat Rate shipping is $145. to a verifiable business address or nearby terminal for customer pick-up. Residential delivery requires and additional $85. fee. Shipping costs are billed after check-out giving delivery address. Nearest terminal for pick-up can be given with receiving your zip code.
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The Moss Skill Crane story:
Lee Moss was a large traveling penny arcade operator in the 1930s, and by 1946 featured a tented Penny Arcade that required 5 trucks to transport. He also operated 3 units of 10 to 12 Erie Digger machines – all under contract with the Tivoli Exposition Shows carnival.
Moss and his partner, Tommy Wells, purchased the Erie Manufacturing Corp of Hartford, Connecticut that same year and relocated it to their home base in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Moss expanded the digger part of his operations quickly by building more diggers and booking them with the many traveling carnivals of the day, and by 1953 he was the largest supplier of his re-named Erie Diggers in America – Moss Skill Cranes
Moss was the undisputed king of these game machines until his death in 1977. Soon after, the newer stuffed-toy crane games became popular and they diminished the once-a-year novelty of the 10c and 25c diggers at carnivals. However, vintage Moss Skill Cranes offer a unique appeal, they bring back fond memories, and are still fun to play and “See It Work”