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Created on 01-22-2020


This one fascinates me because it is so telling. Naturally the folks in Organized Crime who owned and ran these

machines did not want to pay taxes on them – Purchase the Tax Stamps – But this Music Company could have been

on the up-and-up – Legit – and they were just fighting the whole idea of State and Government Tax on these games.


This court-thing, hiring lawyers and whatnot, had to be much more expensive than buying the stamp and keeping the

machine out earning – And this was quite common, normal folks willing to go to court to avoid tax – Stubborn`




Denver Post Archives - APR 29 1964 Pinball Machine Goes to Court Is this pinball machine a gambling device? The city contends it is. Its owner, Modern Music Co., says it isn't. The issue was argued in court Wednesday before Municipal Judge William Conley, far left. At the machine are Arthur E. Smith of Modern Music Co., left, and Assistant City Atty. Irving Ettenberg. The other city attorney arguing the case, Lloyd Shinsato, is at far right. Leslie Gross is arguing the case for Modern Music Co. Safety Manager Daniel Hoffman ordered the pinball machine picked up from the Packinghouse Workers Association building at 3727 Delgany St. after federal authorities informed him the association purchased a gambling tax stamp for machine. Credit: Denver Post (Denver Post via Getty Images)



Someday soon, I’ll try to find the court records – a lot of that stuff is on-line now`












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