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The World's Biggest Tote 1927

The Longchamps Electro Mechanical Computer Room

This is an image of the adders in the machine room of the Longchamps electro mechanical totalizator system. This system was described in a Paris newspaper as "The Insatiable Moloch". I suspect this name is a reflection of the fact that this is a system that can inflict a heavy atonement stemming from its appetite for money that cannot be satisfied. People at the time had never seen a machine capable of extracting large amounts of money from the populace. Nowadays we call them computers. More after the image...
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Photo by KEYSTONE VIEW Co. 100 Rue Richelieu (le Journal) Paris

The Largest Austral-French Commercial Transaction

This Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate article demonstrates the significance of the Longchamps contract for Australia.

1926 'TOTALISATOR FOR FRANCE.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 22 March, p. 5, viewed 20 May, 2015,
Universal Automatic Totalisators, Limited, Sydney, has contracted to instal at Longchamps totalisator machines of the type used in Sydney.

At first they will be operated by Australians to allow of a French staff being trained. This, together with the contract signed by Mr. Bethell on behalf of the same company last month to instal totalisators at 16 French racecourses is the largest Austral-French commercial transaction yet effected.

The World's Biggest Tote 1927

The following article from the Trove Archive, indicates that Longchamps was the World's Biggest Tote. The White City Julius Tote took this title in 1933, and according to the following article, Longchamps took the title from another Julius Tote at Bombay.

1927 'World's Biggest Tote.', The Midlands Advertiser (Moora, WA : 1907 - 1930), 1 April, p. 4, viewed 21 May, 2015,

World's Biggest Tote
To travel half way round the world to instal an Australian invention is an unusual undertaking, and reveals the confidence which the foreign contractor places on the Australian apparatus. It was interesting to learn from Mr G. A. Julius, managing director of Automatic Totalisators Ltd., a few days ago, that this firm had been successful in signing a contract for the establishment of the largest automatic totalisator in the world at Long champs, the biggest racecourse in Europe, let alone France.

Longchamps, as a racecourse, is noted throughout the world, for there among other races, the Grand Prix is run.

Under the contract the first section of the contract has to be working by September next, and already workmen are busy in Sydney in constructing the more intricate parts required, although probably for future installations the bulk of the work will be done in France by French engineers, after they have had an opportunity of inspecting the machine. It is estimated that the apparatus when completed will cost about £100.000.

The present contract is all the more interesting because it is the first time that an automatic totalisator has been installed to take the place of the 'parimutuel,' which has been in use in France since about 1870. The new totalisator will have no less than 260 selling windows and private tickets from five and 500 francs in value.

Bombay at present has the largest automatic totalisator in the world supplied by the Australian, firm and it is learned that the Longchamps one will be at least three times the size of Indian one. Next in point of size come Randwick and Auckland, Automatic Totalisators, Ltd, it is learned, have supplied 'totes' to all the big courses in Australia (excepting Victoria, of course, where the machine is not legalised) and to New Zealand, Colombo, Madras, Rangoon and Singapore, while recently a contract has been signed for an installation in Ipoh.

The Longchamps System's Successful Opening

1928 'TOTALISATOR IN PARIS.', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954) , 30 March, p. 7, viewed 20 May, 2015,
It is the unanimous verdict in Paris, after the trial meeting at Longchamps, that the introduction of the Australian totalisator is a success.

The small huts necessary for the pari mutual will be replaced by buildings in perfect harmony with the grandstands. Crowds all day long in front of the different boards were astonished at the precision with which the machine made calculations, and also the rapid display of betting and placed horses. After the first race it took ten minutes to post up the figures but by the third race the figures were available as quickly as in Australia. Under the pari mutual system backers waited for more than half-an-hour to know the figures.

One and a Half Million Tickets sold at Grand Prix de Paris

1928 'The Totalisator.', Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954), 11 July, p. 3, viewed 20 May, 2015,
The Totalisator.
France being the home of the pari mutuel, the lightning calculator of' the Australian totalisator is much appreciated at Longchamps. The machine has an immense amount of work to do. For example, investments on the Grand Prix de Paris, run a few days ago, reached no less than £60,000. The record for a single race at Randwick is £22,000.

In Sydney, with the denomination of the tickets ten shillings, that means 44,000 registrations. The French denomination is five francs, and, as a franc is worth only twopense, no fewer than a million and a half registrations were needed to put through the money invested on the Grand Prix. Everything is working smoothly with the recently-installed machine, and the celerity with which it announces dividends has caught the fancy of the volatile Frenchmen.

Chairman of Automatic Totalisators France Talks about sale of interests at Longchamps

1933 'AUTOMATIC TOTALISATORS (FRANCE).', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 11 October, p. 17, viewed 20 May, 2015,
Mr. E. H. Buchanan, chairman of Automatic Totalisators (France) Ltd., told shareholders at the annual meeting yesterday that the suggestion that the company should sell its rights at Longchamp had been again considered during the year, and an offer had been made to the stewards of the Societe d'Encouragement for the sale of the installation at Longchamp. Although the offer had not been accepted, a suggestion had been made that the stewards would seriously consider the matter at a slightly lower figure than the company asked for. The directors were of the opinion, he continued, that the asset was much too valuable to be sold for the amount suggested, and nothing more has been done at the moment in regard to the proposed sale.

Comments on the image above

The adder on the left side of the image above, with two people looking at it, has the rear end visible between the two. This rear end houses the solenoids that receive impulses from the ticket issuing machines, which cause escapements to activate allowing the rotation of the adding shafts. The rotation of each escapement on an adding shaft is summed by the epicyclic gear train. The scanners shown in the fourth photo in the Longchamps section of the photo gallery multiplexes seven Ticket Issuing Machines onto each of these solenoids. Therefore these adders must support at least 39 escapement wheels to cater for the 273 terminals used at this racetrack. The adder on the left hand side but closer than the one just discussed shows a close up of this section of the adder. Unfortunately it has its dust covers over this section of the adder obscuring the escapements and epicyclic gear trains. It does however reveal the nearest bank of six solenoids at the nearest corner of the adder.

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