Amusement Machines
by Lynn F Pearson
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ISBN Number: 9780747801795
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd

Penny slot machines are evocative of seaside holidays and Edwardian amusements, although most have now disappeared from the pier arcades into museums or private collections. They were jolly, colourful and inventive examples of craftsmanship and specifically designed to entertain, amuse - and part customers from their money. Gambling machines, which appeared later, introduced Art Deco styling and raised both the stakes and the prizes; pinball machines were ablaze with decoration.

This book tells the story of amusement machines, from the first mutoscopes showing 'What the Butler Saw' and working models raising spectres in the 'Haunted House', to fruit and pinball machines. In between came the vast range of wall machines, which used to line the amusement arcades, many based on the principles of metal balls dropping into winning cups, and of sporting games, from table football to golf machines. The author describes and illustrates the development of amusement machines and lists places where they may be seen today.
 
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