Antique Arcade Game Ads: Coin-Op Flyers and Advertisements from the 1930s and 1940s by: Michael Ford
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When you say the word arcade, most people have visions of pixel eating monsters, but there was another time, a time before... Long before video games there were arcades. Arcades that were filled with fascinating machines that demonstrated the latest technology. Machines engineered to attract players and to entice the uninterested into dropping a penny, nickle, dime, and later a quarter in the slot.
These were some of the most amazing entertainment machines produced. Unfortunately, many of them no longer exist. These games represent a special part of history. A time when looming war and the promise of victory, economic strife of the Depression, and social change permeated society including the games people played.
Today these machines are among the most collectable and rarest games. This book looks at the advertisements and flyers that were used to promote these games. Manufacturers used these flyers and ads to convince arcade operators to buy their products. These ads were made long before the glitz of four color printing was the standard. They relied on selling the sizzle by promising the latest advancements in game design and the potential to make the operator a lot of money. This collection includes games from the 1930's to the 1940's. There are also some coin-op devices such as video jukeboxes from the 50's and 60's. There are also some advertisements related to the carnival industry which used the same machines as the arcade industry.
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- Width: 8.25 inches
- Height: 11 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 2.31 pounds