Monday, January 25, 2010

The Caille Brothers Building

In 1888 the Caille Brothers invented and patented coin-slot devices which resulted in establishment of penny arcades. The brothers moved from Saginaw to Detroit in 1895 and worked out of this factory to establish their slot machine empire. 500 people worked there and it was the largest plant in the world for manufacture of coin controlled machines. Later they expanded their product line to include other items such as marine motors, scales, and the conveyor belts used in grocery stores. The Caille Brothers Company maintained branch offices in New York, Chicago and Paris. The Building has been transformed into phase two of the Lofts at New Amsterdam.


Anonymous said...

I have an old (late 30's) Caille slot machine. I am fixing it up to its former glory.

A Dubs said...

How cool. I'm sure my father would be envious.

Anonymous said...

I have a 1903 Good Luck machine, and I've been trying to find where the Co. was Located. Thanks