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Edward Northington Mimms was an college educated inventor (One patent, an oil lubricating system for crank cases on a Model T Ford, U.S. patent 1430919) and marketer who initially got his start in the fan business selling, leasing and renting vending machines, jukeboxes and amusement games like crain/claw, slot machines and pinball machines to the various diners, restaurants, building lobbies, transportation stations, bars taverns, honky-tonks and so forth in the later middle Thirties. It didn’t help pinball’s image that most of the machines were manufactured in Chicago, a hotbed of organized crime during the Great Depression. Criminal interests were said to control a large segment of the industry, and pinball was even linked to the notorious “Murder, Inc.” gang. New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia was among those who believed that pinball bred crime and juvenile delinquency. The mayor said the pinball industry took in millions of dollars a year from the “pockets of school children in the form of nickels and dimes given them as lunch money.” After cracking down on illegal slot machines, LaGuardia made prohibition of the “insidious nickel-stealers” the target of his next crusade.  

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1937 - Mimms opens Amusement Games Company, at 108 East Oak, Louisville, Kentucky:




Then this happened in Kentucky:

Mimms fights the good fight, but it's a losing battle. 



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1942 - After a re-structuring, Mimms begins marketing an item that has gained recent popularity in places where he already has an established clientele, fans. The Mimms Gang didn't play around: 



 

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1943 - America is in the depths of World War Two. Mimms makes do supplying jukeboxes, vending machines and amusement devices to the military bases throughout the South.

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1944 - Mimms markets Fresh'ND-Aire fans at 1013 East Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky, note the date on the bridge/overpass:

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                                          The decal on this Fresh'ND-Aire reads "E.N. Mimms Co, Louisville, Kentucky"


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1945 - The war is over, America is eager to start enjoying themselves again, and Mimms is ready to fill the needs.

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1946 - 

Sample picture courtesy Kim Frank:

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1948 - First two catalog images are courtesy Dr. Bill Hoehn:




Mimms Northington showing factory finish, courtesy of the Tedrick Collection:  


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1952 - Mimms moves to 908 Mason Street, Louisville, Kentucky: 



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1953 - E.N. Mimms, the founder of the firm dies, presumably a heart attack: 









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1954 - The firm begins liquidation of old stock:
                                The factory is auctioned off:


LAU Blower Co. buys up what's left, likely the qualified employees and the client list::









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Mimms circulator cage Badge detail:
.Mimms was notorious for rusting, it's rare to find a nice sample with nice plating.

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