1960s Prophetron ZOLTAN Fortune Telling Machine

$6,995

This is it! The ORIGINAL ZOLTAN fortune teller by the Prophetron company was the inspiration for the Tom Hanks movie, “Big”!

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1960’s Prophetron ZOLTAN Fortune Telling Machine This is it! The ORIGINAL ZOLTAN fortune teller by the Prophetron company was the inspiration for the Tom Hanks movie, “Big”!   Although the version in that film was a “fantasy machine”, meaning it was never actually produced commercially, it is based on this original. ZOLTAN is a static figure and upon coin insertion, his milk glass crystal ball illuminates. Prophetron…get it?  PROFIT-TRON?  What kidders!

After inserting a token, one would choose their Zodiac sign and pick up the phone receiver to hear their horoscope. The original mechanism was actually an 8-track-type player called a “Cart” system, normally used by radio stations.  That player and the original tape cart are completely original to the unit and is still intact. HOWEVER, we have had that system bypassed and now an all-digital MP3 player with activation upon a token is in its place.  All original tracks from the original cart are on the player in excellent sound quality.  Now, you can play the machine to your heart’s content without concern that the original tape will wear out! It plays beautifully!

This machine came out of a children’s zoo gift shop from the 1960s in Massachusetts and was purchased directly from the original family.  It is all original and in excellent condition.  You’ll be hard-pressed to find one in this original, untouched cosmetic state.

Machine comes with original key and a bag of tokens.

Measurements:

70″T x 28″W x 24-1/2″D.

Shipping will be through Beltmann Group which we use exclusively to move our coin-op machines coast to coast.  We will arrange shipment and invoice for the final quote.  Packing and shipping is a flat rate and runs around $450 to residential delivery.

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions1 × 1 × 1 in

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RETURN POLICY

Peekaboo Gallery wants you to be satisfied with your purchase, and we guarantee that everything is as advertised. For your protection, we have a Return Policy for damaged goods.

SHIPPING, HANDLING, INSURANCE POLICY

Shipping for one-of-a-kind antiques is very difficult to automate on a website. So many factors go into estimating the amount to properly pack and ship, we have opted to take care of shipping in a separate transaction, after the item has been purchased. We want to ensure, that your new treasure gets to you in the safest, most economically responsible way. Unlike many antique websites on the internets, we refuse to guestimate or overcharge our customers for shipping.

For small and manageable items, we do pack and ship with either FedEX Ground or USPS. If the gallery provides direct shipping, we will issue a separate invoice to you. However, most of the items in our store are fragile, oddly shaped or oversize. In those cases, we will hand the items over to one of our preferred shipping partners once it is paid for. For especially unique cases, we depend on NAVIS Pack & Ship to handle custom boxing and crating. For large arcade games and the like, we use Beltman Group who specializes in the prep and shipment of coin-op games and devices.

IN ALL CASES, EITHER CONTACT THE GALLERY DIRECTLY FOR SHIPPING QUESTIONS OR PURCHASE THE ITEM TO RESERVE IT AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU WITH SHIPPING INFORMATION.

All damage claims are handled through the normal claims process of the handler. Please inspect your purchase immediately upon receipt. DO NOT THROW AWAY any packaging materials when this occurs. We will assist in any way to see through your claim with the shipper. *SEE RETURNS AND DAMAGE POLICY BELOW

RESTOCKING FEE

In the rare case where an item is returned, return shipping is at the expense of the buyer. Peekaboo Gallery will issue a purchase credit for that amount, or deduct it from the cost of replacement shipping. The restocking fee for any agreed returned item is 25%.

LAYAWAY POLICY

Peekaboo Gallery offers a layaway plan for most purchases. Our Return Policy does not apply to layaway purchases, and Layaway is not an option for all items. Since each plan is custom, please contact us to clarify the specific terms and payment intervals. Layaway purchases are subject to a 10% surcharge, and downpayments apply to the order total, including shipping, tax, and surcharge.

OTHER INFORMATION

California State buyers must pay sales tax, the rate depends on which city you live in. If you have an antiques related resale number we do not need to collect tax, however you will need to supply a copy of your resale certificate with your payment. If an insurance claim is filed, the buyer will be refunded after the Post Office pays the claim.

RETURN POLICY

Peekaboo Gallery wants you to be satisfied with your purchase and we encourage you to ask questions before purchase. To ensure your satisfaction and protection, we have a Return Policy for Damaged items only.

DAMAGED ITEM PROCEDURE

  • Please do not return items that were damaged in shipment, as doing so will void the shipping insurance.
  • Damage claims can only be made on items shipped with insurance.
  • To begin the process, please contact Peekaboo Gallery immediately to alert us to the damage.
  • Claims should be made through the original shipping agent. Guidelines for insurance claims vary by carrier so please check with the carrier for specific instructions.
  • Be sure to retain all original packaging as well as all pieces of the damaged item, as the shipping agent will request to examine them.
  • Be sure to document the outside and inside of the package with photos.
  • In the event that you, the recipient, files the claim, Peekaboo Gallery will provide you with the necessary insurance information.
  • For information on filing a claim through the following carriers, visit:*
    United States Postal Service: http://www.usps.com
    United Parcel Service: http://www.ups.com
    Federal Express: http://www.fedex.com
    DHL: http://www.dhl.com* Note that not all shipments are sent via the above carriers, and that some deliveries are insured via a 3rd party insurance agent, not that of the carrier. Be sure to contact us to guide you through the process.
  • Peekaboo Gallery will acknowledge your return request within 3 days.
  • You will ship the item back to the shop within 3 days of being instructed to do so:
  • The item must be returned via the original carrier (unless agreed otherwise in writing), insured (if available) for its purchased price, and must include the shop's tags and identifying marks intact.
  • We recommend you use delivery tracking and get a delivery receipt.
  • The buyer pays for return shipping and insurance, unless agreed otherwise
  • If the item can be repaired in-house, Peekaboo will repair and re-ship.
  • After Peekaboo Gallery verifies the returned item is defective and unable to be replaced, we will issue a full refund within 7 days.
  • For protection of both the shop and buyer, when making a refund via personal check or money order to a buyer, Peekaboo Gallery will send the refund to the buyer in a traceable manner where receipt confirmation can be verified.

ADDITIONAL RETURN POLICY INFORMATION

  • Returns are accepted for damaged items ONLY or mis-identification of an item, not for buyer’s remorse–so please inquire before purchase.
  • Defects listed in an item’s description are not defined as damages that qualify for return.

ALL ITEMS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE, THEN THE FINAL PACK & SHIP FEE WILL BE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE SHIPPING COMPANY.

We have found this to be the best policy for both us and our customers. All items are professionally packaged and prepped for shipment.

Shipping for one-of-a-kind antiques is very difficult to automate on a website. So many factors go into estimating the amount to properly pack and ship, we have opted to take care of shipping in a separate transaction, after the item has been purchased. We want to ensure, that your new treasure gets to you in the safest, most economically responsible way. Unlike many antique websites on the internets, we refuse to guestimate or overcharge our customers for shipping.

For small and manageable items, we do pack and ship with either FedEX Ground or USPS. However, most of the items in our store are fragile, oddly shaped or oversize. In those cases, we will hand the items over to one of our preferred shipping partners once it is paid for. For especially unique cases, we depend on NAVIS Pack & Ship to handle custom boxing and crating. For large arcade games and the like, we use Beltman Group who specializes in the prep and shipment of coin-op games and devices.

IN ALL CASES, EITHER CONTACT THE GALLERY DIRECTLY FOR SHIPPING QUESTIONS OR PURCHASE THE ITEM TO RESERVE IT AND WE WILL CONTACT YOU WITH SHIPPING INFORMATION.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY SHIPMENT IS DAMAGED?

Our shipping services include insurance where possible and damage claims are handled through the normal claims process of the handler. Please inspect your purchase immediately upon receipt. DO NOT THROW AWAY any packaging materials when this occurs. We will assist in any way to see through your claim with the shipper.

WHAT ABOUT MECHANICAL ITEMS?

Mechanical items are tricky. Unfortunately, we cannot control what might happen in shipping with complex mechanical devices. Any items described as functioning could be affected by transit conditions. As an example, a coin-operated slot machine might work smoothly when it leaves the gallery, but might require an adjustment when it arrives to you from the shipping company. These things happen and in general, are easily corrected with a small adjustment. This is a separate issue from direct damage due to mishandling or accident. Unless there is verifiable damage due to mishandling, mechanical devices cannot be guaranteed to not require adjustments after they leave our warehouse.

DO OFFER RESTORATION SERVICES?

We personally do not. However, we do have restoration partners we work with and will help you with any special requests you might have.

DO YOU TAKE RETURNS?

We encourage you to ask questions before your purchase and we will be happy to answer them. Unless an item is proven to have been described incorrectly, all sales are final. In special circumstances, we will consider returns. These must be approved in advance. Any items returned must be accompanied by a receipt and can be subject to a 25% re-stocking fee. Shipping charges are non-refundable.