This is the first comprehensive guide to those ingenious amusements which have delighted visitors to the seaside, fairground, or exhibition for over a century.
Author: Darren A. Hesketh
Publisher: Robert Hale Limited
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.
15 QUICK REFERENCE - ARCADE MACHINES O Arcade machines and 'penny
slots' (so named as they were prize from a pile within a given time. ... 'moving'
images such as a Kinetoscope, and Many newly-found machines are also in poor
condition, figural automata such as sailors. ... Ltd., the repainted wooded cabinet
with panel reading "Working Model', the interior with original safeCracking
Author: Judith Miller
Publisher: Hachette UK
Miller's Collectables Handbook & Price Guide 2016-2017 is the up-to-date guide to the collectables market no dealer, collector or auctioneer should be without. Featuring more than 4,000 objects in full colour, each with a detailed description and current price range, the book also offers what those in the know look for - how to spot that rare example that may be worth twenty times more than another piece. Meanwhile, in-depth Closer Look features explain what to look for when appraising everything from 20th century glass to costume jewellery. Every image is changed for every edition to keep the book up-to-date with collecting and buying trends. Miller's Collectables Handbook & Price Guide 2016-2017 is the only full-colour, fully-illustrated collectables price guide in the world. Comprehensive sections cover advertising, books, ceramics, glass, metalware, pens and writing equipment, plastics and Bakelite, posters, rock and pop, sporting memorabilia, teddy bears, toys and games and vintage fashion. This year, special sections focus on Goss & Crested china, affordable jewellery, Hornsea ceramics and Szeiler figurines. In-depth features explain why one piece is worth more than another, show how to value an item and teach you to be your own expert - this book is the essential eBay companion! Biographies of designers and factories give the background information you need to help date and value objects.
A serious investigation of the world of automata containing a historical essay . ...
A collection of early penny - in - the - slot machines and musical automata ,
including the twelve famous Nelson Lee working models from Brighton Pier ,
Author: Robert Nicholson
Covers London and an area approximately 50 miles around it.
... the " penny - in - the - slot automaton . " 3 Even as many begrudgingly
accorded these new workers a singular place in industrial society , few ever
identified with them . They are usually simply subsumed among that often
invoked category ...
Author: Gerald D. Feldman
Publisher: Berghahn Books
The persecution and mass-murder of the Jews during World War II would not have been possible without the modern organization of division of labor. Moreover, the perpetrators were dependent on human and organizational resources they could not always control by hierarchy and coercion. Instead, the persecution of the Jews was based, to a large extent, on a web of inter-organizational relations encompassing a broad variety of non-hierarchical cooperation as well as rivalry and competition. Based on newly accessible government and corporate archives, this volume combines fresh evidence with an interpretation of the governance of persecution, presented by prominent historians and social scientists.
ters and textile masters drove themselves almost as hard as they drove their
workers: they scrimped and stinted and starved themselves at the beginning, ...
Living men imitated this penny-in-the-slot automaton, this creature of bare
Author: Lewis Mumford
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Technics and Civilization first presented its compelling history of the machine and critical study of its effects on civilization in 1934—before television, the personal computer, and the Internet even appeared on our periphery. Drawing upon art, science, philosophy, and the history of culture, Lewis Mumford explained the origin of the machine age and traced its social results, asserting that the development of modern technology had its roots in the Middle Ages rather than the Industrial Revolution. Mumford sagely argued that it was the moral, economic, and political choices we made, not the machines that we used, that determined our then industrially driven economy. Equal parts powerful history and polemic criticism, Technics and Civilization was the first comprehensive attempt in English to portray the development of the machine age over the last thousand years—and to predict the pull the technological still holds over us today. “The questions posed in the first paragraph of Technics and Civilization still deserve our attention, nearly three quarters of a century after they were written.”—Journal of Technology and Culture
Some of the prime users of working models during the last quarter of the 19th
century were the various rail and steamship companies ... they implored their
parents to drop a penny in the slot machine , which contained an exact replica of
George Stephenson's Rocket . ... In spite of the fact that automata in general were
universally popular throughout the latter half of the 19th century , and were to be
Author: Nic Costa
Publisher: Seven Hills Books
This book has stood the test of time. Copies of the first edition have over the years regularly sold for many times the cover price. The full color book is once more in print. Since its original publication it has been cited in many academic papers and has since become the definitive work on the subject. It caused embarrassment to the huge American coin machine industry when it was first published in 1988- they were busy celebrating the centenary of the Juke Box in that year as an American invention whereas the book revealed that it was actually an earlier British invention. It awoke huge interest in Japan by giving them long sought answers as to the origins of the Pachinko machine (which at the time was consuming as much as a quarter of the gross domestic product in Japan). As a direct result of the book a new museum was established in the Japanese city of Kobe and for a short while the author became a national celebrity there. The book established many new facts and destroyed many of the myths that had arisen in the gaming industry during the 20th century. Originally an ancient Greek invention, the advent of the coin machine in the 19th century heralded a Victorian revolution which sought to establish a fully automated society. The visionaries of the past are the direct forbears of the all pervasive computer industries -without the gaming and coin machine industries it is doubtful as to whether today's computer dominated age would have ever happened. Most important of all, it is fun to read
The peril is that should he cease to think for himself he becomes a mere
automaton , doing a penny - in - the - slot business which places him on a level
with the chemist's clerk who can hand out specifics for every ill , from the “ pip ” to
Author: Sir William Osler
Publisher: Duke University Press
Collection of addresses given by Sir William Osler (1849-1919), esteemed physician and professor, on the way of life for the ethical physician.