August Fey

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

August Fey was born in Vohringen, Bavaria back in 1862. He worked in France and London before moving to the United States in 1885. He traveled all over the United States before finally settling in San Francisco. He found work at the Western Electric Works. Later on, he and two other friends started their own company working with electrical equipment and telephones.

While living in San Francisco he met and married Marie Christine Volkmar. Somewhere along the line he changed his first name to Charles. He died in 1944 in San Francisco. But it was what he did in 1893, that will forever place him in the history books.

For you see Charles Fey invented the first slot machine that included an automatic payout mechanism. His most famous design was the “Liberty Bell Slot Machine”, if you got all three bells in line it paid out a whopping $0.50 in winnings.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning James Dray and there have been visits to the casino when I went home with those same winnings!!!!  fortunately, not every visit..... fun to play though....just limit it to what you bring with you for cash....

Jun 14, 2019 03:34 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Wayne,

Bet he would be surprised they take credit cards now!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 14, 2019 05:01 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, James - I have never truly appreciated the appeal of slot machines but appreciate the ingenuity of the inventor.  

Jun 14, 2019 06:01 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

While there is no longer the ding ding ding of the winning combination....the three of anything is still a thrill when it warms your wallet !

Jun 14, 2019 06:05 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Now I can tell my wife who her favorite inventor is by name. Thanks! Enjoy your day.

Jun 14, 2019 06:24 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I wonder if they have a statue honoring him in Las Vegas.

Jun 14, 2019 08:21 AM #6
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


And now, the one arm bandits (slot machines) have been computerized and fake sounds when one wins.  LOL A

Jun 14, 2019 08:55 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. I really enjoy your stories and never know what to expect. Good one here.

Jun 14, 2019 09:27 AM #8
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Who knew? That's interesting info as always. Thanks for sharing. 

Jun 14, 2019 10:51 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, so he is kind of to blame for the losses I have had during my visits to Las Vegas?

Jun 14, 2019 11:20 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I bet the odds were much better back then. When I hit the slots it takes my money and my dignity.

Jun 14, 2019 01:49 PM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - It has been quite a while since I have been in a casino but next time I will think of "August" Fey.

Jun 14, 2019 02:11 PM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If only he could see the proliferation on his machines now and the payoffs.

Jun 14, 2019 02:26 PM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this information.  I think Fey, would be surprised at the amount and variations we have in them today.  

Jun 14, 2019 09:40 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I have enjoyed my share of slot machines, and enjoyed winning much more. 

Jun 15, 2019 01:49 PM #15
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