A close up view of the Longchamps Pavillion

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This history page contains a photograph which is one of several belonging to the photo gallery pages which are part of several pages relating to the invention of the world's first automatic totalizator in 1913 and Automatic Totalisators Limited, the company founded to develop, manufacture and export these systems.

The photographer's stamp on this photograph reads KEYSTONE VIEW Co. 100 Rue Richelieu (le Journal) Paris.


An Automatic Totalisators Limited company document written in 1930 titled The PREMIER (JULIUS) AUTOMATIC TOTALISATOR has a low resolution copy of this image in it. It is titled FIG. 8. Portion of the front of the Main Totalisator Building, Longchamps. Paris.

Following is an extract from this company document that appears close to this image. It relates to the punter indicators of total investment for each runner and pool grand total investments as well as odds calculation:

To display to the public the figures representing the progress of the betting, INDICATORS are used, and these, in the case of small installations, form a portion of the adding machines, which are so located as to show on large numbered drums "numbers" which record the totals of the investments made on each horse. On larger courses, where it is impossible, without great inconvenience, to bring all the bettors to one point on the course, Indicators are employed which are separate from the Adding Machines, but which automatically record, at all instants, the totals recorded by the adding mechanism. Usually, such Indicators are located wherever it is found necessary to establish a large group of selling booths, so that the public using this particular group of booths may be aware of the total of the investments made all over the Racecourse. Where additional mechanism is installed to make the further calculations required to determine the "Odds" on or against a horse, such mechanism forms a part of the Adding Machine, and the results of the calculations may be displayed on the front of the building in which such machinery is housed, or if required, auxiliary automatic indicators may be located anywhere else on the Course, to suit the convenience of the bettors.

The next extract from this company document, which immediately follows on from this extract and is titled Ticket Issuers, can be read by clicking on the image above and scrolling up and selecting the image thumbnail with associated text starting The type of Julius Tote Ticket Issuing Machine used at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.


This image shows the Longchamps Julius Tote Runner and pool grand total counters. The pool grand total counter can be seen near the top of the building above all the runner counters. Inside this building is the Julius Tote machine room as shown in the first image in the Longchamps section of the Photo Gallery. In the following image in the Photo Gallery you can see a partially assembled adder of the type used inside this building. A complete adder at Longchamps can be seen in the third image of the Longchamps section of the photo gallery. With the work being done on the building it appears that the finishing touches are being applied to the installation which started in 1928. At ground level, some of the selling booths are visible which housed some of the 273 J5 Ticket Issuing Machines. The white circles above each counter display are interesting. These could be lamp boxes, which indicate which runners are participating in the race and which have been scratched or have numbers higher than the field size of the particular race. From the second image in the Longchamps section of the photo gallery showing this system in use however, it looks like the final product has runner numbers permanently painted on these white circles.