Two women smile as they play the 'Cupid's Secret' slot machine at an amusement arcade in London in December 1951. People using the machine had to insert a penny before gripping the handle and squeezing it gently together to 'reveal your secret'
The arcades were often frequented by people playing pinball, with a line of machines seen here at one in London in 1951. The machines can still be found at arcades today, but they were a much bigger draw before video games arrived in the 1970s
A group of men and women enjoy the 'Folies Bergere' peep show machine, named after the cabaret hall in Paris of the same name. The machines might look out of place today, but were a common sight in arcades in the 1950s, predating adult cinemas
The saucy 'Grip-Teze' was a slot machine which saw players try to make a woman's clothes vanish by testing their strength on two hand grips. Ratings range from 'well-covered' to 'Oh, boy' - with players told: 'The more you grip, the more you strip'
A group of off-duty soldiers gather around the slot machines in the amusement arcade. A mat promoting the classic Indian cigarettes brand Gold Flake can be seen on the floor, and adverts for the upstairs 'Winchester Rifle Range' are on the glass
Two schoolboys eye up the prizes at the Claw Crane game - a type of entertainment still found in arcades today, although stuffed toys and boxes of cash are more commonly on offer nowadays to those with a steady hand and a bit of luck
A man holds a cigarette in his mouth as he has his palm read by a machine. The amusements, also known as penny arcades, were most often frequented by men and teenagers, although families could also enjoy a night out there together
A tattooist waits in his tattoo parlour for customers, as he poses for a portrait showing off his inkings. Tattoos first became popular in Britain in Victorian times when the Queen's grandson and future King George V got one in Japan aged 16 in 1881
An aerial view of the amusement arcade and the pinball machines, in one of the remarkable photographs showing how the British public used to enjoy a variety of coin-operated games including palm reading, pinball and even peep shows
A man thought to be the manager of an arcade is pictured in 1951. Many grand theatres in seaside towns including Brighton and Blackpool became arcades in the 1960s before they really took off in 1970s with the launch of video games
Two fashionable young women study a newspaper on a table in the amusement arcade as others play games. Coin-operated games were first introduced in the 1930s but it took until the 1972 release of Pong for arcade games to become fully electronic
A young man enjoys the saucy peep show in the coin operated machine. This machine was built by Mutoscope, an American early motion picture device patented in the 1890s which soon dominated the coin-operated peep show market
A man and woman play on a horse racing-themed pinball machine called '2,000 Guineas' as two others watch the ball moving around. The machine is named after the famous mile-long race at Newmarket which has been run for more than two centuries
Looking into her crystal ball, a fortune teller sees into the future amid her mystical-looking surroundings while a dog walks around. A popular sight at funfairs, the practice of fortune telling actually has origins going back to 4000 BC in Egypt
A man is giving his change as a young soldier watches on at an arcade. The entertainment venues had become a staple of the British seaside holiday by the 1930s, although these archive photos show that they were also popular in London
A man sorts through a bucket full of coins from the slot machines at his arcade. Popularity of the venues has suffered in recent years thanks to the rise of people owning video game consoles at home - reducing the need to go out to experience them
Queues of people outside the amusement arcade, which features a Winchester Rifle Range - a common sight as interest in cowboys spread across Britain. The ranges were so called because people could fire Winchester repeater rifles there
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