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Penny-in-the-Slot Automata and the Working Model

Hesketh, Darren

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ISBN 10: 0709074085 / ISBN 13: 9780709074083
Published by Robert Hale, 2004
Condition: Used: Good Hardcover
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Title: Penny-in-the-Slot Automata and the Working ...

Publisher: Robert Hale

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Synopsis:

This is the first comprehensive guide to those ingenious amusements which have delighted visitors to the seaside, fairground, or exhibition for over a century. The book features many of the unusual coin-operated models and tableaux built to entertain the public from the 1860s to the 1970s. The models are based on a variety of themes including haunted houses, drunkard scenes, executions, laughing clowns, sailors, puppet-shows, and miniature locomotives. There are also chapters devoted to American machines (such as fortune-tellers and vendors) and mechanical music—the precursor to the modern jukebox. With over 200 color illustrations, including many of the rarest surviving examples, plus a price guide, this unique book will be a comprehensive source of reference for automata and working-model enthusiasts and collectors.

About the Author:

The author has had several articles about penny-in-the-slot automata printed in the Antique Amusement Magazine and is currently in the process of establishing a dedicated working model exhibition in the North-West of England.

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