The original version was featured in a circa 1900 arcade machines catalog but none are known to have survived. This floor model machine is a recreation of the original Mills, numbered 6 of 12 made by John Papa. To play, deposit 5¢, blow into the mouth piece and see how many divers you can bring to the surface. Includes keys. Condition (Excellent). Size 31″ x 17″ x 75-1/2″. Found on the ArcadeGuy.com website.
1¢ Spirometer Found on an AuctionGuy.com listing. Described as: Lung Tester Shocker Arcade Machine. Countertop amusement machine in wood cabinet includes two front handles, a hose on the side for air pressure testing., and two coin slots. Dial is marked The Medina Manufacturing Co. Medina, N.Y. Includes key. Circa 1911. Condition (Excellent). Size 12-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ x 21-1/4″.
An early arcade spirometer. Undated but probably from the 1890’s. (1862 is an auction number). Found on Icollector.com.
A restored Caille Mascot lung and strength tester, manufactured in 1904. From an Ebay listing.
Advertisement from Beauty and Health, Volume 6, 1903, un-numbered rear page.
Advertisement from The American Stationer, Volume 62, Oct 26, 1907, page 14.
Photo is probably from a catalog. Manufactured by the Caille Brothers in 1904. A penny arcade machine that tested the user’s grip and lung power. From the National Jukebox Exchange.
Made by the Mills Novelty Company in 1904. Photo is from a catalog. Only 3 of these machines are known to still exist. Operated by placing a penny in the slot, and blowing in the hose which caused the balloon to rise until it reached the moon which then lit up and smiled. From the National Jukebox Exchange.
US Patent no. 757,797. A non-counter-weighted water-seal spirometer. The side panel with the volume scale was glass. This was intended as an arcade spirometer since the valve (J) was to be attached to a coin-operated mechanism. There is no record of it every having been manufactured.