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Amusement arcades, with modern electronic console games, developed out of late nineteenth and early twentieth century penny arcades. These places where owners grouped coin-operated games of skill and chance were common at early fairs and amusement parks. They also offered such traditional entertainments as fortune-telling machines, weight machines, and peep shows. Some contemporary amusement parks still operate small groups of similar amusements. The so-called skee-ball game is one example of a game developed at mid-twentieth century, still seen at some amusement parks.

  • Material: photograph
  • Origin: New York, NY
  • Object ID: 112.5786
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