Amusement Machines

Amusement Machines

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Amusement machines were all built for the exact same purpose: parting customers from their hard-earned money. Yet the ways in which these machines have done this is as varied as the glorious designs that have adorned them. Machines range from the mutoscopes that showed 'What the Butler Saw', through to pinball machines, fruit machines, the classic one-armed bandit, and the penny slot machines that are so evocative of seaside holidays and Edwardian amusements. They continue up to more modern versions of the amusement machine, like table football and golf machines. "Amusement Machines" charts this stunning range, and investigates the changes in their design and evolution over time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 144 x 202 x 8mm | 81.65g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 60 MONO
  • 0747801797
  • 9780747801795
  • 1,050,833

Table of contents

Arcades and Entrepreneurs
For Amusement Only
Wall Machines
How Slot Machines Work
Gambling Machines
Pinball Machines
Further Reading
Places to Visit
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About Lynn F. Pearson

Lynn F. Pearson is an architectural historian and photographer specializing in research on unheralded structures from seaside architecture to multi-storey car parks and mausoleums. She has published fourteen books including three in the Shire Library series.
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