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The Penny Arcade

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The Penny Arcade

                      The Penny Arcade
 
Back in the 1920's, Americans would go to entertainment
spots around big cities like New York and Chicago, were
you could go to have some fun, these places were run
very cheaply and were called Penny Arcades, in these
amusement parlours you would find an endless array of
fun things to play, like fortune teller machines, scales to 
weigh yourself, crazy mirrors that made you look really 
fat or very tall, hand cranked picture viewers that would
run for a minute, all for the cost of a penny (1cent), games 
of skill like the flick through the loop bagatelle game, if 
you got the ball in the win hole your money was actually 
refunded and another free shot was given, then there was 
the famous crane game which had a large claw that you 
would have to manipulate into position to with prizes 
below, if you were fortunate enough you could win a
little prize from it, these crane games still exist today
but the modern version hardly let's you ever win, unlike 
it's earlier counterpart, winning seemed easy and it
was a favourite back then when things were made for fun.
Once all the money had gone we said goodbye till next 
time, when once again we try our luck in the Penny Arcade.  

Written 28th July 2013

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