Edwardian postcard of slot machines on the Pier

The sale of tickets for the Halcyon paddlesteamer dates this postcard to 1906, when she was owned by the South of England Steamboat Company for one year before they went out of business.

In the late Victorian era, amusements were added to piers: horse-race games, switchback railways, mutoscopes, strength testers, electric shock machines, phrenological machines, fortune telling and gambling machines. A series of vending machines were also likely to have been added for matches, cigarettes, and chewing gum.

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