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The Hawtin's Collection
PERCY HAWTIN FRANK HAWTIN
Thanks to Frank Hawtins grandson Simon who helped to make this page possible
Most people reading this page will have some interest in the vintage British slot machine, some of you may even own a “Hawtin” allwin in your own collection. But who was Frank Hawtin??
Frank Hawtin was born in 1902 in the village of Bloxham Oxfordshire, even at the young age of 8 years he was able to spot an opportunity to earn some pocket money, after school he would help to feed chickens on the local farm, or help at the village joiners shop polishing wooden furniture. By the time he was old enough to leave school he had already established a small joinery and shop fitting business of his own, which he ran with the help of his many brother and sisters. At some point around 1922 he became involved in the amusements business when his brother Percy returned from Margate where he had been running a small café, Percy had bought the production rights to a game called Bingo from two Canadians he had met in Margate, what this early game was or if it was ever put into production we may never know, but it was the start of Hawtins of Blackpool, Between 1922 and 1947 the company grew from small ram shackled workshops to a modern three and a half acre factory employing thousands of skilled engineers. In the war years the factory was turned over to the production of aircraft parts for the war effort, by 1947 Franks attention was turned away from the amusement trade and production of amusement machines was ended and the plant and equipment was auctioned off.
Frank & Percy quickly moved on to other things and Hawtin Industries was born, they had interests in Engineering, Building & Construction, Agriculture, Automotive Components & Dental equipment to name a few, by the 1970s Hawtins owned there own merchant bank and finance company, and both men were multimillionaires, Not bad for a couple of lads from Bloxham ??
Below are just a few of the products Hawtin's produced during their time in the amusement trade.
THE HAWTIN DODGEM CAR
THE HAWTIN ALLWIN
JUVENILE RIDES & TOYS
THE HAWTIN "Jack Hylton" JUKEBOX
THE HAWTIN CLUTCHING HAND
THE HAWTIN BUNNY SHOOTER
THE HAWTIN ROLLING ROAD
THE HAWTIN BUCKING BRONCO
THE HAWTIN SKEE ROLL
THE HAWTIN BIG BEN PINBALL
THE HAWTIN RIFLE RANGE
HAWTINS GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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