Julius Show Pool Tote at Hialeah

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Photo by Ray B. Dame

This technology 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.

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This is an image of the Julius Show Pool tote at the Hialeah racetrack in Miami which is the first Automatic Totalisator's system installed in America and was installed in 1932. It is part of one of the first Large Scale Real Time Multi User Systems. This totalisator system has two more mainframes like this one, for the Straight and Place pools. This system supports a field size of fifteen. On the near side of the frame are 8 shaft adders slightly protruding from the rest of the frame. The nearest one is the grand total and the rest in the row correspond to all the even numbered runners as identified by the tags attached to the angle iron bar running across the tops of the adders. On the rear of this frame on the right hand side of the photo are the adders for the odd numbered runners. These adders are not clearly visible and can only be glimpsed in the background.

The barometer indicators shown in the fourth photograph in the Hialeah Racetrack section of the Photo Gallery, are on the outside walls of this room. Downstairs are some selling booths with 11 of the 110 ticket issuing machines installed on this track. The selling booths where these machines are installed can be seen in the Hialeah Barometer Indicator photograph in the Hialeah Racetrack section of the Photo Gallery. It is probable that there are more of these selling booths on the opposite side of this building.

The photograph of the grandstand which follows this photograph in the Photo Gallery was probably taken from the roof of this building.

In the Automatic Totalisators in America chapter of this website there is a Miami Herald article written in 1932 titled Hialeah Park's Australian Totalisator by Jack Bell. Following are a couple of extracts from that article.

Reprinted with the permission of The Miami Herald:
Here is a machine which takes your money, dumps it out the pot records the new total all over the plant, figures up the odds-then prints your ticket and hands it to you. And they tell me the machines will knock off tickets at the rate of 120 per minute...

All this sounds like a heluva a lot of mechanism, doesn't it. Well, it is. That's why the old-timers have joined the anvil chorus; they can't see how all those little gee-gaws and do-dads will ever keep going. We did a lot of wholesale figuring and found that by counting every bit of wire running from the machines to the various boards and other places, we have 195 miles- yessir, 195 miles of wire- running around in the form of cables and whatnot.