Penny arcade

Penny arcade

A penny arcade can be any type of venue for coin-operated devices, usually for entertainment. This included early forms of pinball and fortune-telling machinery of the 1930s and Slot machines. Vending machines may also be considered in this category. The name derives from the penny, once a staple coin for such machines.

The earliest penny arcades from the nineteenth century had machines called bagatelles, a game combining pinball and billiards. Later, penny arcade machines grew closer to modern pinball. Penny arcades were once common at amusement parks and fairs but by the 1950s, such coin-operated amusements were generally replaced in midways by more modern games of chance and skill (redemption games such as shooting galleries and skee ball).

Another form of machine found in penny arcades were peep show machines (ancient usage of the term) which allowed the viewer to see various views of objects and later moving pictures. Slot machines, love testers, fortune teller machines and other coin-operated devices were found in such venues.

Penny arcades later led to the creation of video arcades in the 1970s.


* Namerow, Wayne. " [ The Pennyarcade Website] ". Retrieved February 6, 2004.

ee also

* Pinball
* Musée Mécanique

External links

* [ A Collection of Antique Amusement Machines]
* [ Gameroom Show] , Penny arcade related website
* Illustrations of various machines

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